On this page are some of my favorite things to make while camping or things that my dad has made over 30 years of canoe tripping. As I make more I will update for now enjoy these:

Pie Irons

For these recipes you will have to have a camp pie iron which you can get at any outdoor store including Canadian Tire, Bass Pro, and The Portage Store in Algonquin Park.

Take 2 pieces of bread and butter both sides, from there you can make the following:

Pizza – spread pizza sauce on both pieces of bread, add favorite pizza toppings and place inside your heated pie iron. Cook over the fire (flipping often) until the bread is toasted and cheese is melted.

French Toast – prepare your french toast batter as you would normally. Spray the inside of your pie iron. Place 1 piece of french toast inside your pie iron. Cook until golden brown. You can also cook 2 slices and put fruit in the middle like apples or strawberries.

Dessert – Take 2 slices of bread and butter both sides. Take your favorite pie filling (I like apple) and spoon into the middle of your bread. Place bread in your pie iron and cook until golden brown.

S’mores – For a unique take on the campfire classic, take 2 pieces of bread and spread nutella on the inside. Butter the outside. Place marshmallow’s in the middle of the sandwich and place in the pie iron. Cook until golden brown.

Campfire Stew

Prepare your stew with stewing beef, parsnips, carrots, potatoes, and turnip. Add any other ingredients as desired. Add 1 cup of Beef stock and 1 Cup of water (or an even mix of both to cover the vegetables and meat). Make sure your fire is nice and hot and has lots of coals. Place all your ingredients in a cast iron dutch oven and place within the fire pit flat. Let that cook for and hour or so covered (I’ve had it cook all day before but you have to make sure that the temperature of the fire is lower). After its cooked for a bit take bisquick and prepare biscuit dough according to the package. Place the biscuits in your stew. Cover with lid and place coals on top so that the biscuits brown. Let that cook for another 15 or 20 minutes. Take the coals off the lid and uncover the stew. Serve.

Foil Dinner Packs

These are the easiest things to take with you on the back country trails. These all in one meal packs are lightweight and easy to prepare ahead of time.

Take any meat and vegetale combination you wish (the possibilities are endless), and cut them up into bite size pieces. This allows for a quicker cooking time. Place all your ingredients in a large bowl. 1 chicken breast, 2 onions, 1 package of mushrooms, 1 yellow pepper, 1 red pepper and 4 cloves of garlic will serve comfortable 4 people. Add 1/4 cup of olive oil and the juice of 1 lemon. Mix together. Evenly divide the mixture between 4 large sheets of aluminum foil. Top each with another sheet of foil, and roll up the edges tightly. Wrap each packet again, securely in another sheet of foil to double wrap. Cook in the hot coals of a campfire until the chicken is opaque and the potatoes are tender, around 40 minutes.

Easy S’mores

This is my way of eating s’mores as I don’t like graham crakers. I take 2 Peak Frean Delectable Cookies (the ones that have chocolate on one side) and place a toasted marshmallow in between them. Easy and delicious!

Taco Tents

2 tubes Pillsbury Crescent rolls
1 pkg ground beef
1 package taco seasoning

Open the tubes of crescent rolls but do not divide them into triangles. Keep them in squares. Prepare ground beef and taco seasoning as per instructions on the package. Place one/two scoops of taco meat in the middle of the crescent square. Place another square on top. Spray both sides of your pie iron and place your squares into it. Cook 3 minutes on each side or until both sides are golden brown. Feel free to add tomatoes, lettuce, salsa and cheese to your tacos before they get cooked in the pie iron. Serve with whatever sides you wish.

Campfire Biscuits

Make biscuit according to Bisquick directions or as per your own recipe. Place an aluminium pot (the largest size camp pot you have) on the grate over your campfire. Place three rocks inside your pot and place a foil pie place on the rocks. Place your biscuits on the pie plate and cook, covered with lid, until biscuits are cooked.

Gourmet Fettucini

Chop up peppers, onions, celery, and any other vegetables you want in your fettucini. Saute in a frying pan with olive oil and crushed garlic either over your campfire or on your campstove. Boil water and cook your pasta. Toss veggies with your cooked pasta. Grate Asiago cheese or an old White Cheddar cheese over the pasta and toss until coated. Serve with your steak and enjoy.