Kids love camping, especially cooking over a campfire! You don’t even have to “go” camping to cook outdoors over a fire. With the affordable fire pits that are on the market, you can simply purchase one and have a cookout in the backyard.
When considering campfire recipes for kids, simple is always better. The basics work quite well like hot dogs and smores but there are many other recipes to consider.
Hot Dogs Wrapped in Dough
You can create your own “corndog” by taking some pre-made biscuit dough adding the called for amount of water and wrapping a hot dog that has already been placed on a stick with the dough. Be careful not to place the dough too thick otherwise it will not cook through. Cook until golden brown over the fire and service with mustard or ketchup.
I have one child that is VERY picky but loves meatballs. Why not either purchase pre-cooked or make your own meatballs, be sure to cook them thoroughly before your camping trip and re-heat in foil packets that you tuck into the hot coals. You could even add sliced potatoes, carrots and add your choice of seasoning to make this a complete meal.
With a pie iron you can make any type of grilled sandwich your imagination can come up with. Grilled cheese, turkey and cheese, ham and cheese, even a pizza sandwich! And most kids are perfectly content with just a regular ‘ole sandwichs while camping so be sure to bring along the peanut butter and jelly for times when the kids are hungry and the fire is out.
Waffles are such a versatile food and can be included in your camping trip foods. A waffle iron will allow you to cook your waffles over the campfire. My kids (bless their hearts) do not like eggs but will devour waffles so having the ability to cook waffles over a campfire is great.
Eggs aren’t just for breakfast and if you’ve got kids who love scrambled eggs, you can scramble eggs with your choice of other ingredients, take a plastic ziploc type bags, oil the inside of the bag, add your ingredients, squish the bag and then drop it into a pot of boiling water. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until the eggs have set. The best part – no clean up!
The folks over at Family Fun have a great recipe for a choco-banana melt.
Choco-banana Melt Instructions
- To make one, cut a lengthwise slit in a peeled banana and place it on a sheet of aluminum foil.
- Stuff in as many chocolate chips and mini marshmallows as you can fit.
- Wrap the foil around the banana and place it on a grill for about 5 minutes.
- The melt, once cooled, is best eaten with a spoon (and lots of napkins).
If you are looking for even more ideas for campfire recipes for kids you might want to purchase Camp Recipes for Kids.
Kids Campfire Safety Tips
When cooking over a campfire with kids, safety is of great importance.
- Never leave children unattended by a fire.
- No running or horse play around a fire
- Be sure the cooking utensils you provide for kids (such as sticks for roasting marshmallows or hot dogs) are long and have a handle that does not get hot
- Be sure to fully put out the fire, including adding water to the fire and stirring the ashes
The below video provide general campfire safety tips
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