Whether you are a family on the go, have fussy eaters or love to cook whilst at camp then my top five family friendly campsite meals will fill the family with excitement, the eagerness to join in with preparation and are campsite ready to go.
The trick to an organised campsite dinner is to pack condiments, herbs and spices, small, lightweight ingredients that add flavour without taking up too much valuable storage space. For our first night at camp, we always eat something extra special that can be pre-prepared at home and warmed on the campfire, grill or stove. Top utensils to pack for an easy cooking experience are matches, tongs, a wooden spoon and a pan/deep pot.
Our first night’s meal is always a firm favourite and can be prepared at home in advance meaning the only requirements for cooking would be pasta and warming of the bolognese mix. We love to eat gnocchi in a marinara sauce with melted cheese on top. Have water handy to boil the pasta and a nice thick tea towel to lay across your laps.
We take Gnocchi but have had pasta and veggies on several occasions. Peppers, onions and garlic are super easy ingredients to fry and add tons of flavour. A tin of tomatoes later and you have an easy pasta meal.
Have a fun BBQ whilst at camp but serve it the posh way. Double up the usage of wooden chopping boards and use as servers for your bbq meat adding salads, coleslaw and even jacket potatoes. Burgers can be cooked on the burner or grilled and spuds wrapped in tin foil. Cooking with an open fire is so much fun, assuming you have the right utensils.
If meat is not your thing then you can find family friendly campsite meals over on one of my favourite camping blogs, Fresh off the grid.
Take pre-made mixes in jars although be careful if using eggs. pancakes are a fun breakfast item along with other pastries and can be taken in pre-bought packets. Croissants are a great idea for lunch or a quick snack. Add fruit, spread or even chocolate sauce as a topping.
4. Jacket potatoes/campfire spuds
We love to bake our spuds on a hot campfire and then add tasty fillings. More often than not, we would have part baked our potatoes in tinfoil with butter and salt (for extra crispiness) before we leave home. Potatoes take around 45 mins to cook and taste delicious with onions added.
5. Marshmallows of course
Marshmallows are the best treat to toast on the campfire, using extra large marshmallows will take longer to toast too. A simple trick is to soak wooden skewers in a bowl of water for 20 minutes before toasting.