Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Camp Fire Food Pictorial

As I mentioned on Friday, we went to visit my folks at their camp site in Cades Cove over the weekend. While most folks settle for sandwiches, burgers, or dogs while camping, my mom is the bad ass Iron Chef of the camp site. Here's a little bit of what we had.Friday night we had beef pot roast with carrots & potatoes, green beans, & garlic bread.We made s'mores for dessert after the kids roasted marshmallows over the campfire with Grandpa.Breakfast Saturday morning was stick biscuits. Click the link for great directions, but basically they are biscuits cooked over a camp fire on the end of a dowel rod. When done, you pull it off the rod and have a "biscuit cup" in which you can put a sausage link, honey, jelly, or whatever.

For lunch, we had two 12" dutch ovens, a Coleman camp oven, and a skillet at our disposal and we all pitched in to kick some camp food butt.
Spatchcocked chickenAlexis made Smoky Mountain Cafe's Summer Corn
The chicken was so perfectly done, it about fell apart as I tried to take it out.
Being a good southern girl, Grandma couldn't let that rendered chicken go to waste and made a delicious gravy.
Alexis and Grandma follow our "no gravy is left behind" policy...
Trev enjoyed a soft serve from the campground store
and there was watermelon, of course
But the ultimate had to be the cherry/blueberry cobbler that my mom made using blueberries that came from White Lake, NC.I don't do sweets and RARELY eat dessert, but damn this was good. After seeing what my mother can do with a dutch oven the past few years.....I would hate to see what she could do with a Big Green Egg.


  1. I am loving this post. I am a huge camper but have yet to purchase a camping Dutch oven - you have convinced me to do it! Everything looks fantastic, especially the cobbler.

  2. Great shots. I don't do a lot of Dutch oven cooking when camping, I just have this idea that it's time consuming, and the last thing I want to do at the end of a long day on the trail is come back and spend hours cooking. What would I be looking at, time wise, for something like that chicken?

  3. Pam: I'll have to post the actual recipe, but it was awesome.

    Kirby: About 1 hr 15 minutes cooking time. She bought the chicken from the IGA in town (11 miles away in Townsend) already spatchcocked.

  4. Wow it really does look like a campsite throwdown. Ya'll certainly left the other campers rolling in the dust! You can't beat anything cooked in cast iron especially when it's over a camp fire.

  5. That is quite the camping feastings!!! I've only recently been looking at dutch oven cooking and now I have proof it works well.

    Love the fire photos.

  6. Now I know where you get it. Go Mom!

  7. can you go on The NExt Food NEtwork Star - i will vote for you

  8. That cobbler looks incredible!

    Cades Cove...so beautiful.

  9. We're leaving for camping tomorrow...is your mom available? :)

  10. Oh my goodness. It makes me (almost) want to go camping! GREG

  11. I came back to read your retort to my witty ramblings about camping, but they are not here! Either I am an idiot when it comes to comments or you are editing me. both seem plausible. GREG

  12. I love camping, and this sounds like a wonderful way to get everyone involved. I'm also loving the "no gravy left behind"--that deserves its own t-shirt!


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