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Kerry Rodgers
(klrodgers) - MLife

Locale: North Texas
More things to roast over a wood fire? on 06/12/2008 06:19:00 MDT Print View

Coming up on our big car camping trip in July. The kids always want to roast things over the fire. Marshmallows are classic, but my daughter and I cannot have the corn syrup they are made with.

We've tried "dough boys" with mixed success. A better recipe and/or roasting technique would be welcome.
Roasting a dough boy

What else do people roast on sticks over the fire?

Jeff Cadorin
(JeffCadorin) - F

Locale: paper beats rock
Re: More things to roast over a wood fire? on 06/12/2008 07:04:58 MDT Print View

First thing that comes to mind is hot dogs. You can even make a stick to toast the buns which also leads to toast as another idea. The bread is tricky but patience is the key. Sorry but im drawing a blank when it comes to a more desert like item...

Adam Rothermich
(aroth87) - F

Locale: Missouri Ozarks
Re: More things to roast over a wood fire? on 06/12/2008 07:20:17 MDT Print View

Wal-Mart has what we called pie irons. We used to put a piece of bread on each side and then fill it with pizza toppings or pie filling, but really you could put anything fast cooking in them. You hold them in the fire for a few minutes and when its done you've got a cool personal pie. We used to do that a lot in Scouts.

And although its not something you can roast over the fire, I always enjoyed "hobo packs." We used potatoes and onions as a base then put a hamburger patty on top. Then you could add carrots or whatever other vegetables you wanted, then you just wrapped it up in aluminum foil and put it on some coals. I enjoyed those quite a bit in Scouts as well.


Edited by aroth87 on 06/12/2008 07:21:00 MDT.

(drown) - F - MLife

Locale: Shenandoah
all time favourite... on 06/12/2008 07:43:43 MDT Print View

we call them octopus...take a wiener and a knife. Cut each end in a cross to about a third of the way down the wiener. Stick the uncut middle part on the end of a love to see the legs curl out as it cooks...yummy with ketchup or mustard.

Also bannock on a stick is great. Make the dough wrap it around a stick and cook.

Adam..we made those in Scouts as well. Try cut up apples with brown sugar & cinnamon in foil, makes a good follow up treat for desert,

Edited by drown on 06/12/2008 07:45:48 MDT.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Marshmallows on 06/12/2008 09:26:09 MDT Print View

If you look hard enough you can find "natural" marshmallows :-) I get them at Whole Foods. I cannot eat fake dyes (which most contain blue) so it is awesome to get them. No corn syrup either in them! Even better there is a vegan marshmallow spread out there as well - it is good!

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: More things to roast over a wood fire? on 06/12/2008 10:43:56 MDT Print View

great pic!

coincidence - I just saw this text yesterday written in 1915 about girl camping when i was searching for something on Project Gutenberg...

On the Trail by Adelia B. Beard and Lina Beard

"The joyous, exhilarating call of the wilderness and the forest camp is surely and steadily penetrating through the barriers of brick, stone, and concrete; through the more or less artificial life of town and city; and the American girl is listening eagerly."

Justin Chaussee
(judach) - F

Locale: Earth
Jerky on 09/26/2009 14:29:49 MDT Print View

It sounds weird, but I recently got bored while sitting by my campfire and started roasting pieces of beef jerkey over the flame. I had teriyaki flavored beef jerkey and the sugars carmelized and it was actually quite addicting! it would've been a good additive to a raman noodle dish or something, but it was good on it's own as well.

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
roasting on an open fire on 09/26/2009 15:35:39 MDT Print View

Well... here are some of the things we make either by roasting on a stick or in a foil packet over an open campfire with the kids.

Banana Boats - these are made in a foil packed and you can fill the bananas with anything you like - works wonderfully with pears too

Baked Apples - this can be done in foil with a little cinnamon or on a stick

Bannock on a Stick

Roasted Kielbasa Sausage

Red Eyed Spotted Snakes - this is a yeast dough that is twisted around a stick in the shape of a snake. The dough is then given "eyes" made of dried cranberries or cherries.

and there is always Jiffy Pop (do you have that in the US?)

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Not sure why I didn't post this before! on 09/26/2009 16:26:47 MDT Print View

That is the recipe I use for making corn syrup free marshmallows out of maple syrup.

If you can eat gelatin then try them, they are no where as hard to make as people would think :-)

hunter nelson
(hunt4car) - F
pie irons on 09/26/2009 21:25:08 MDT Print View

you can use those pie irons to make a killer breakfast sandwich
1.cook egg in pie iron with butter pie iron leaving egg on one side and putting 1 slice of bread on the other
3.flop egg on to bread and add sausage cheese
more butter :)
4.put bread slice on the other pie iron side were the egg was.
5.close and cook
This is absolutaly amazing !!!!

p.s. Now im thinking about a ti pie iron. lol!
look at what you did!

But realy... make this its the best!

Edited by hunt4car on 09/26/2009 21:25:47 MDT.

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
pie irons on 09/27/2009 10:45:40 MDT Print View

I was wondering if you might be able to do some sort of desserty pancakey thing in a pie-iron? Might have to experiment next time we go car camping. Thanksgiving is in 2 weeks (at least in Canada) and we are going car camping then. We build a cardboard box oven and cook turkey... a pie-iron might be fun for making dessert.