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Camp Cooking for Florida Paddlers

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Published Monday, December 15, 2008

Now that camping season is upon us (November to April in Florida), let's get on the water and do some overnight trips. Whether you're paddling the Florida Overseas Trail or your nearby river, no trip would be complete without quick and easy camp cooking. Here are eight delicious recipes to get you started.

#1 Simply Potatoes

This one is really easy but requires an open fire. Take a knife and cut a whole potato in half. Now stab the potato several times (on both sides), sprinkle it with salt and pepper. If you have a little butter include that between the two halves. Wrap the potato in three layers of aluminum foil. Make sure no air can leak into the foil. Bury the potato in the coals. It usually takes about 45 to 60 minutes to cook. That's it!

BONUS: If you cook an extra potato leave it wrapped in foil and save it for the morning. Slice the now cold potato into 1 / 4 inch cubes and drop into frying pan with a bit of oil. Perfect with eggs!

#2 Hobo Burgers

This one also requires an open fire and a few more ingredients. You'll need a potato, a few carrots and an onion. Slice each into small pieces. Take some hamburger meat and make a nice sized hamburger patty. Place on large piece of aluminum foil. Layer vegetables on top and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Fold the foil over the burger so it won't leak air. Add an additional layer of foil for good measure. Place burger on the coals with the hamburger side down. Takes 20-30 minutes to cook.

#3 Hobo Fish

Another easy one, this time for the anglers out there. Follow the directions for the Hobo Burger but substitute your freshly caught fish. Add a slice of lemon, if available. Depending upon thickness of fish it only takes about 5 minutes to cook.

#4 Irish Burrito

This time we're going to spice up our favorite spud. Take a potato and slice it in half, long ways. Scoop the center from each half (creating a good sized indentation in each side) and place scooped potato in plastic bag. Into the bag add salt, pepper, a can of drained, black beans and a few small chunks of cheddar cheese. Thoroughly mix everything in the bag. Place potato halves onto aluminum foil and scoop potato/bean/cheese mixture into the potato. Wrap each half separately in two or three layers of foil. As with the other recipes, make sure no air can leak in. Turn frequently when cooking. Usually takes 30 minutes.

#5 Tacos in a Bag

Take the individual size (small bag) of Doritos or other corn chips and smash them without opening bag. Next, open the bag and dump in some cooked hamburger meat, shredded cheese and taco sauce. Hold the bag closed and shake. Eat right out of the bag with a spoon.

#6 Pasta Salad

Here is an easy to make pasta salad that will work for dinner one night and lunch the next day. Ready? Cook one small bag of tri-color spiral pasta. Drain and set aside. Chop small package of pepperoni, a red onion and 4 oz of cheddar cheese into small 1 / 2 inch cubes. Add pepperoni, onion, cheese and one can of black olives into the pasta. Mix well. Add oil and vinegar to taste, if you have it available.

#7 Breakfast Burritos

Delicious for breakfast or any other time. Chop up and cook a few Chorizo sausage links in frying pan. Now take 6 eggs or egg substitute and dump into sausage. Mix well and cook like scrambled eggs. Put mixture in flour tortillas and add some salsa and cheese if available. Roll into burrito. How's that for easy?

#8 Fire Pit Bananas

Ready for dessert? Take a banana with the skin on and slice it the long way (on the inside of the curve). Split open so you can add in some pieces of chocolate bar and marshmallows. You might have to spoon out a bit of banana to get it to fit. Next wrap the whole thing in two layers of aluminum foil - air tight.  Place on coals for 10 to 15 minutes. Open foil and eat with a spoon.

Is your mouth watering? Mine is. I'm off to the kitchen to try out a few of these recipes at home.

Do you have a favorite meal during your paddling trips? Leave recipe in the comments section below.

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frog on 1/8/2009 1:43pm
All the recipes sound great. I'll have to try some nect week when we're out.

I like sliced raw or cooked publix sausage mixed with onions, bell peppers, garlic, olive oil, and a little tomato sauce. I wrap everything in 2 layers of foil and fold it up until it fits into a quart ziplock bag. Throw ithe foild packet on the coals and flip it every 5 minutes for about 20 minutes. We also bring hotdog buns and put the mixture into them for eating.
Unknown on 12/18/2008 8:41pm
I have a variation on the simply potatoes. Call it potatoes plus. Carrots and onions. Chop all three into bite size chunks, wrap in foil, leave on the coals 45 minutes. If desired, add cheese near the end of the cooking time.