Side Dishes Anyone Can Make when camping

Side Dishes Anyone Can Make
Side Dishes Anyone Can Make

Side Dishes Anyone Can Make

Side Dishes Anyone Can Make, While one pot meals are a staple of campsites everywhere, you’ll find that it is quite simple to add a side dish or two and make your meal complete. Impress your friends and family by presenting one of these simple dishes to go with your burgers or steak.

Roasted Broccoli

Even if you aren’t a fan of broccoli, you’ll love this delicious snack. It’s amazingly flavourful.

  • Serves 4
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into chunks
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Aluminum

Toss the broccoli with oil and sprinkle the salt and herbs over the whole thing. Wrap it all up in foil and place on the coals, turning from time to time. In about 20-30 minutes, the broccoli will be tender and delicious.

Roasted Vegetable Salad

This delicious salad takes very little work, but adds a lot of flavour to your meal.

  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 ears of corn, husked
  • 1 onion
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 3 medium zucchinis, sliced ½” thick
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Mix the garlic and vinegar together. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix the zucchini, corn and tomatoes with 2 tablespoons of oil and salt and pepper to taste. Grill over hot coals until tender and marked with grill marks. Put the onions and peppers on the actual coals, cooking and turning until charred. Remove the charred skin and chop the peppers and onion. Cut the corn off the cob and add to the salad. Chop the remaining vegetables and toss with 6 tablespoons of oil and the vinegar with garlic. Season to taste before serving.

Simple Stuffed Peppers

This very easy version of a stuffed pepper makes the perfect side dish for a meal that shines.

  • Serves 2
  • 2 red or green bell peppers
  • 2 large cubes of haloumi cheese
  • 2 olives

Cut a slit in the side of each pepper and scrape the seeds out. Season the cheese cubes with salt and pepper and press an olive into the cheese. Stuff the pepper with the cheese and then thread the pepper onto a stick to roast over the fire until the skin begins to bubble.

Roasted Corn on the Cob

Love corn on the cob? You’ll love this flavourful version cooked right in the husk.

  • Serves 4
  • 4 ears of corn, husk still on
  • Salt
  • Butter

Soak the corn in water for an hour. Shake dry and lay directly on the

hot coals. Turn occasionally until the husk is blackened and the corn kernels inside are soft and tender. Top with salt and butter and enjoy.

Grilled Corn Salad

Use the cooking method above to roast your corn and then turn it into a delicious salad.

  • Serves 2
  • 1 cup roasted corn kernels
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, minced
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

Mix all the ingredients together and serve warm or chilled.

Jicama Salad

This refreshing salad is simple to make and a delicious addition to any meal.

  • 2 carrots, julienned
  • 1 small red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 1-lb jicama, peeled and julienned
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage


  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon chilli powder

Mix the dressing at home and pour it over the mixed vegetables when you are ready to serve the salad. Toss well.

Hush Puppies

These fried goodies are a great snack on their own, or a side dish for just about any meal.

  • Serves 6
  • 1 cup pancake mix
  • 1/ 3 cup cornmeal
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 tablespoons onion, minced
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/ 3 cup milk
  • Oil

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl (or bring them mixed from home) and add the egg and water. Beat until well mixed. Heat a layer of oil in a frying pan over medium hot coals. Add the dough by the spoonful and fry to a golden brown. Flip and cook on the other side until done. Drain on a paper towel before serving.

Breaded Zucchini

An ordinary vegetable turns extra-ordinary with just a few handy ingredients that every camper should have.

  • Serves 2
  • 1 large zucchini, sliced
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Drizzle olive oil in a frying pan set over hot coals. In a bowl, mix the bread crumbs, garlic powder and oregano. Dip the zucchini slices into egg and then the bread crumb mixture, making sure the slices are covered. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then fry 2-3 minutes per side or until the zucchini is cooked through.

Smoky Squash

If you enjoy squash, this side dish is sure to please. It’s a delicious treat to serve up next to the main meal.

  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 1/ 3 stick of margarine
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Cut the top off the squash and scoop out the seeds. Put the carrots, butter and sugar into the hollow and replace the top. Wrap tightly in aluminum foil and set into the hot coals for about an hour. Scoop out the soft squash and carrots to serve.

Baked Beans

You’ll want a cast iron pot or Dutch oven for this hearty dish. It takes some time, so you’ll want to start early.

  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 4 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 10-oz. can tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 large cans navy beans

Mix all the ingredients thoroughly in a large pot and simmer over low heat coals for an hour or more. You can add meat to this dish, if you like, but it is just as good on its own.

Mixed Garlic Mushrooms

Enjoy mushrooms? This tasty dish is easy to make and doesn’t require frozen meat.

  • Serves 2
  • 1 lb. mixed mushrooms (button, Portobello, oyster, shitake, etc.)
  • 2 sprigs fresh dill
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Aluminum Foil

Lay out two squares of foil and toss the mushrooms with oil and dill. Sprinkle with garlic and fold the foil into a packet. Cook over the grill, off to one side, for 20 minutes or until the mushrooms are tender.

Campfire Cornbread

This tasty bread goes very well with a number of dishes, but it’s particularly excellent with chilli.

  • Serves 6-8
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 egg 1 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • Oil

Spray the frying pan (cast iron works best) with oil. Mix the remaining ingredients and spread in the hot pan. Cook the cornbread over a low heat until you see bubbles on the top of the bread. Flip it over and cook until a knife in the middle comes out clean. Alternatively, you do this with cornbread mix, which is considerably easier. Just follow the directions on the package and then cook as above.

Baked Onions

Onions are great for camping, since they last without refrigeration

and add plenty of flavour. Try to get some Vidalia onions for this recipe.

  • Serves 1
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • Pepper
  • Aluminum foil

Peelthe onion and cut out the center. Fill the hole with butter, thyme and pepper. Wrap tightly in foil and cook over hot coals for an hour or until the onion is cooked through.


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