Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Cajun Campfire Packets (and S'mores)!

This past Sunday, we had a camping themed night for dinner, in honor of summer and 4th of July coming up and the general fact that we wish we could go camping but aren't quite ready to do that with a preschooler just yet. We couldn't even actually make the food over a fire-- no fire pits are allowed in base housing, which makes sense, because who wants to accidentally set an entire state on fire? But our campfire themed night was delicious nonetheless!

Cajun Campfire Packets, makes 4-5 servings
 adapted (barely) from here

3 cups cooked rice (white or brown)
2 cups cocktail (cooked) shrimp
2 small bell peppers (I used one red one green)
4 cloves garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun spice
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon cilantro
salt + pepper to taste 

Preheat oven to 350° (if cooking it in an oven, which is how I had to do it). Cook the rice according to the package directions. Chop the bell peppers into bite size pieces. Remove the shrimp tails. Mince the garlic. Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix until well incorporated. If you're actually taking this camping, you can put it into ziplock bags to store in your cooler until you're ready to eat it. 

Fill a square of aluminum foil with a serving size amount of the mixture. Cut a small hole in the top. Place in the oven until hot (you may notice steam seeping out of the top cut-- mine took about 10 minutes). Be careful as you remove the foil.

Since this recipe made enough for double the amount of people that were eating it, I am freezing the leftovers to use again next week as a burrito filling and adding salsa!

Then for dessert, we had s'mores! I popped the marshmallows into the microwave for a few seconds, then topped it off with a Reeses peanut butter cup. Candy that isn't a slab of Hershey's on a s'more is by no means a new thing, but if you haven't tried it yet, you need to. It's amazing. 

(By the way, these packets totally count as real food if you use brown rice instead of white. I would have used brown, but like with my flour, I'm trying to use up the last bit of white rice I have in the pantry before switching to brown.) 

What's your favorite food to make/eat while camping?


  1. The packets look great! Nice idea. We used to make campfire pizza and pies with a cast iron campfire pie maker that I loved as a little girl!

  2. Yum, I love both of these! Gotta try it!

    1. Let me know what you think! :)

  3. Wow this looks delicious!! Thank you so much for sharing. I will definitely have to try!


    1. Thanks! Be sure to let me know how they turn out for you!

  4. Yum! This looks so good. We were supposed to camp 2 nights but only lasted 1 with a 4 year old and 21 month old. I'd wait to camp. WHEW.


    Fashion and Beauty Finds

    1. Oh man, I can't imagine doing it wit ha 21 month old! I'm definitely waiting until I feel comfortable taking her camping (which may still be a few years haha).


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...