SFR:One dish meals for camping?

I did alot of camping when I was in the boy scouts, the best, and I mean best, if you are car camping, is the Dutch oven, nothing can beat it. Clean up, and prep can be a little much, but the end product is outstanding. Beef Stew is amazing. Desert is the also great. They have dutch oven cook books, so if you plan ahead, you'll have a great meal.


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It's called camping. Does anyone have more than one dish?

I like to make a batch of my road kill chilli. I put it in freezer containers and throw however many I need in my ice chest. If it's longer than a weekend trip, I'll make a batch of spaghetti sauce, too, so that I'll have some variety. I don't pre-boil the pasta, however, so preparing that is part of my camp cookery. I haven't made beef stew for a long time, but as mentioned above, that's another good alternative for making ahead of time, and it freezes pretty well. Putting frozen food containers in the ice chest reduces the demand for ice. On the perfect fishing trip, I run out of frozen dinners and ice at the same time.

I haven't tried the Zatarain's products, but I've used the Lipton envelope meals for a lot of backpacking, adding a can of chicken breast meat to enhance the flavor and add substance to the meal. I'll look for Zatarain's this summer.


Salmo g.
Some of those rice-noodle bowls you get from Trader Joes are pretty good. It's in the spirit of Ramen, but actually doesn't taste too bad.

But if you really want to get into it. I really like kabobs. They are easy to prepare in advance. Pack them up in some plastic bags with your marinade. And cook them on your camp fire. You can also pack them in foil, and just cook them right in the foil. I also like to cut up the kabob pieces small. THis way You don't need untensils to eat it. Just grab one of the skewers and eat it right off the stick.

David Loy

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I'm with you Mac
Cooking's been a hobby with me since the early 70s. A few years ago I got on to DOs. I have 4 now including a 17" that will serve a crowd. Made chile and cornbread for 25 guys to go along with a roast pig a couple years ago. The (27th) annual Spring trip to the Chewuch is coming up again soon. Once it's on the coals it's cocktail time! Always a crowd pleaser. There's little you can't do with them. Yes, there is some clean up but there are a few tricks there too.
Just thought of another thing we used to do car camping, and this relates to Jami's post. Take a huge pot and fill with water. I know, I know, this is going take along time to boil (although I can't remember if we boiled it or not), but anywho, in gallon plastic bags, mix your favorite incrediants for an omlet(sp). Crack a few eggs, put in your sides place, place that bag in another bag (protection) and place into the water. Once the eggs are done, enjoy! This is an easy way to make some good eggs, with very little cleanup!!!
Shin Yum Spicy Korean Ramen rocks the casbah. Best noodles, best flavor packs, best ramen ever.

Backpacker's Pantry Kathmandu Curry is really good with some extra curry and fresh trout thrown in.:thumb:

EDIT: Obviously these are suggestions for when you're BP-ing. I fish a lot of high lakes and have to pack light so I have room for my fishing gear and Curtis Raft!

Matt Goodner

Forced to Work, Born to Play
I do Chicken Breasts with taters, carrots, onions and BBQ wrapped well in foil and cooked over the coals about 40mins. best darn grub there is and seems to bring out the best darn company available.


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jami_wa said:
NO KIDDING!!! Now if only they had a way to make bacon and eggs lol

Plus the cleanup is easy for camping...1 pot...1 spoon
Nothing wrong with adding left over (Zatarans) rice to the eggs. Left overs were a dirty word when we were kids. No more baby. Doggy bags from the restaurant last night? They can go in the mix too. One of my favorites is left over Salmon with wild & long grain rice omlette. No potatoes, no mess, one skillet. Another notch!:beer2:
For camping a great dish to make if serving about 4 is as follows
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
1 stalk of celery
6 med potatoes red or white your choice
1 package of smoked or polish sausage

Cut it all up at camp and throw into a big pot of water and let boil.
To make it easier you can cut and pre-pack it into baggies at home.
No spices needed for this dish and it all cooks in one pot. The celery
And peppers will give it plenty of flavor. Cooking time about 10 minutes.

For cooking while on the road pick up a snowmobile hot dog cooker to set on top of the engine. Throw in a couple of the frozen Hot Pockets into foil then into the hot dog cooker and let them cook while you drive. Just make sure you use plenty of foil to keep any bad taste out. This makes for a great hot shore lunch before hitting the river. Works real well when driving over to fish the Yak from Seattle.

Do not count on Amie and I cooking at the get together because we will not know if we can make Dry Falls until the last minute. To many personal issues have been going on including Amie was hurt in a car wreck by a driver running a red light. She was saved by the seat belt but the seat belt did some damage to her chest and stomach area and for now at least we have no truck. Amie should be fine in the long run and has continued to work but with great pain and only with lots a pain medication. She sleeps most of the time when not at work recovering from the accident including evenings, nights and weekends.
If we do make it most likely we will live on our standard when we travel alone to give us more time to fish fried chicken and potato salad from Fred Myer.


Not to be confused with freestoneangler

I don't want to highjack this post, but please gives my best wishes to Amie for her speedy recovery. I hope she's feeling up to joining us at Dry Falls!


Jerry Daschofsky

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Same as Sue, don't want to redirect the post, but hope Amie is well. Give her Tiff and my best. Hope she's doing fine.

Oh yeah, I had totally forgot something I've done a few times.

If you have a meal you really want to make, but is VERY time consuming. Make most of the steps at home. Let them cool, and vacuum pack it (if you have one). For this, you MUST have a quality packer. If not, you'll have a mess. I've actually brought beef stroganoff, and fried rice, that I had pretty much precooked and tossed into my vacuumpacker. Then toss into hot water (the stew type food) or toss the fried rice into a skillet and heat. Works great.

I will have a complete setup ready to cook. Three burner stove with griddle and coffee of course. :D Plus my two deep fryer assemblies as well. So I see my adjoining campsites will be filled by Sue and Kristin. :D
we have a vaccume sealer we use a ton, we precook,soft tacos,chicken and red beans n rice, sphagetti w meat sauce, brats, let all your meals cool, bag them, seal them, freeze them, then boil water on the camp fire or stove and reheat in the bag itself, and you have the best meals, just like at home. and they help to keep in the cooler when they are all basically ice bags. we actually hike in trips w our meals this way, and if you know your eating for 3 to 4 days that way, it works out really well and nothing spoils, we cooler and ice them till we get to the trail head then divy them up, we also use the river , stream as a cooler system when we get there.

Jerry Daschofsky

Staff member
This is off, but a bit on, topic. Was just thinking about something we always do at hunting camps. We always make what we call "Hunters Goulash". Quite literally we take about every can and food item we have left and toss it into a big pot and let it sit all day on low heat. You'd be surprised how good it actually tastes (and we had some pretty odd food). But this is a last day camp thing, so you don't waste food. We had one that was made up of sloppy joe mix, hamburger, sausage, corn, and few misc odds and ends. Mostly thrown in a big bowl with bread. Surprisingly tasted damned good. Still a tradition my Dad and I do (now mostly our fishing camps, he can't hunt anymore).


Left handed Gemini.
When I go camping to fish its usually cold meals all the way unless its over 3 days, I make everything I'm going to eat before hand and just drop it in the cooler before I go, I'm usually alone so theres really no need for any big fuss I buy fruit and muffins for breakfast this combined with those cold coffees from starbucks takes care of that, a loaf of bread and pnj or lunch meat, fruit and juice takes care of lunch and for dinner I'm really fond of fajitas so thats dinner I can make a variety of flavors and I like them cold so I prepare the insides at home drop it into a tortilla and wrapit up 2 a night with some chips and beer and I'm done. I know this sounds kinda weird but when I go to fish I go to fish and I don't really want the added hassel of cooking after fishing all day plus this really holds down on the junk I have to bring, no stoves no wood or pans coffeepots and such.
I'm a lazy sod
Same as Tony; when it's time to fish, who want's to cook?! But, at 50++++ years, I like to have hot coffee and a home cooked meal[with no cleanup]. One word: JETBOILS!!!!!!!! Seal up your leftovers at home and freeze them up. Hot coffee at camp, toss the Jetboil in your boat and have a HOT home cooked meal on the river and back at camp. The pint sized bags[ fill them up 1/2 way] fit in the jetboil just right. 50-60 bucks on Ebay or 75 at REI.