Don't Be Afraid to Try These Summer Recipes When It Isn't Actually Summer

Be the camp chef you always knew you could be.

There is nothing like the smell of a hot meal cooked at your camp site.

Camping season is right around the corner and it's never to early to start planning out your summer camping meals. Do it right this year with these recipes that can be cooked easily over and open fire.

1. Dutch Oven Italian Cheese Bread

This recipe is surprisingly easy to make and the results as you saw in the video are amazing. All you need is a dutch oven and a fire.

Start off making the no-knead bread the night before, as the dough needs to rise. Pack the dough so it's ready at the camp site.


  • 3 cups of flour
  • 2  teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon (or 1 packet) of active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup of feta
  • 1/2 cup of shredded Italian cheese mix
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Garlic powder and Italian seasoning


  • In a large bowl mix the flour, water, salt, and yeast. The mix will be wet and really super sticky. Cover it with plastic and let it sit over night.
  • Before you leave get out some parchment paper and sprinkle it with flour. punch down the down and roll it in the flour. Separate into two dough balls.
  • place more parchment paper in your dutch oven, and flatten out one of the dough balls. place one tablespoon of butter on top. Sprinkle seasonings to taste. Add all the feta cheese and about half of the shredded Italian cheese.
  • spread  the other dough ball on top. Top it with the rest of the butter, cheese, and more seasoning to taste.
  • In this form it's ready to be cooked so it might be a good time to back  it like this if you don't have to travel too far. Cook in the campfire in indirect heat away from flames but over some hot coals for about 45 minutes. Turn the dutch oven every 15 minutes.

2. Cajun Country Can

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I just bought a can cooker and it has changed my life for the better. If you love some spice and caught some fish while camping, this is the perfect recipe.


  • your favorite kind of rice.
  • 1 sweet onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1 whole head of garlic peeled and cloved
  • 12 oz of white flesh fish (panfish and bass work great) dusted with Cajun seasoning.
  • 1 lb smoked sausage
  • 1 lb raw shrimp
  • 1  can of rotel
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 12 oz can of light beer.


Here's my favorite part. Throw all this crap in the can cooker, layering the bottom with the onions first. If you desire, add more seasoning. Place on a heat source and watch for the steam, once it starts to steam wait 25 minutes.

3. Welsh Cakes


Welsh cakes can be good for a dessert or a breakfast. Substitute them instead of pancakes in the morning, or eat them like a cookie for a campfire desert. Either way they are worth whipping out the cast iron pan.


  • 4 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons lard
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups rasins
  • 4 eggs
  • 8 (ish) tablespoons milk


  • Mix flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Mix in the butter and lard until everything looks like bread crumbs. Then stir in the  sugar and raisins. Beat the eggs and add them into the mixture with just enough milk to make the dough firm.
  • Chill the dough for an hour
  • Cut the dough into patties 1/4 inch thick with 3 inch diameter.
  • Cook on a griddle or cast iron pan until golden brown like a pancake.