Wednesday, August 3, 2011

When Camping Food Meets the Dinner Table

Why is it that food on a camping trip always tastes gourmet but when at home you would never think to put it on your shopping list unless you were stocking your pantry for the end days or something of the sort? I said goodbye to Ramen and canned chicken 10 years ago when I walked across the stage to receive my college diploma. However, the stuff still tastes good in the woods for some reason.

Well, you can leave it to our friends, The McAlvanys to break the rule on camping food. They somehow manage to cook things on camping trips that when made in the comfort of your own home taste every bit as delicious and not surprisingly, gourmet.

David stokes the fire at Mineral Creek while Dashel looks on.

Depending on where you are making it, this recipe goes by two different names.

Hearty Camping Grits OR Gourmet Dinner Grits
  • Cook grits as directed on container using half milk and half water for the liquid measurements.
  • Crack two eggs, whisk them in a bowl and drop into the thickened grits while stirring quickly.
  • Drop in a fistful of shredded cheese (cheddar, parmesean, etc.) and stir in completely.
  • Drop in a fist full of sliced green onions allowing them to cook for a minute or so.
That's it! It's so good, we're planning to have these next week for dinner except I think I'll add a few sauteed shrimp on top. Breakfast, dinner, home or the woods. You'll love it.