Okay, I’m sort of embarrassed to even call these recipes, as they’re more like tips, but I thought I’d share some meals I prepared on my EasyCamp camp fire tripod deluxe so you can see how simple and fun it makes cooking!
One thing I love about it is how communal it makes cooking in the evening. Whereas traditionally the BBQ is the domain of one or two designated grill cooks, the tripod is the focal point of your seating area during the evening, providing food, warmth and entertainment for the whole group. Skewers of meat or sausages can be cooked for each person, and all you need to worry about is making sure the grill is balanced!
One simple idea to make a BBQ centrepiece that looks much fancier than it is is to prepare a style of hassleback potatoes. Balance some large salad or new potatoes, unpeeled, on a wooden spoon, and cut them thinly with a knife. (The spoon will prevent you slicing all the way down through the skin.)
Slice shallots and insert them into the gaps. I like taking shallots camping for several reasons. The long thin shallots are easier to peel, not as pungent so they don’t make you cry, pack more of a flavour, and are handily preportioned into smaller sizes than a whole onion, so you don’t have to either use up a lot of onion at once, or find somewhere to store half of an onion…
If you have some fancy butter and sea salt, add those (I love bringing sea salt with herbes de provence in it, it’s so good on veggies, particularly tomatoes!). If not, add table salt and oil. Wrap tightly in foil.
Pile into your firepit, with a layer of hot coals underneath, around, and on top of your potatoes. Cook your meat as usual over the top. You’ll need to let the potatoes bake for around 30-45 minutes, depending on all the variables (ambient temp, wind, coal temp, size of potatoes, etc).
Once they’re almost done, open them up and test them with a knife. Then, if you fancy, add some sliced, grated, or crumbled cheese and allow it to melt. This goes so well with gorgeous, meaty sausages like Toulouse.
Finally… how could I talk about a firepit without including marshmallows? Don’t forget to bring skewers, and serve them with steaming mugs of hot chocolate, fresh strawberries, or Digestive biscuits and squares of dark chocolate to make s’mores!
Thank you to EasyCamp for providing my camping tripod for review.