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Cooking With Kids: Campfire Recipes

When we think of campfire cooking, S’mores is typically the first to come to mind. This tried and true recipe is a camping favorite,  but let’s branch out and try something new.  These kid-friendly recipes will make even your pickiest eater happy especially after they get to help make their own treat.

Safety precautions:

  • Obey the campground rules regarding fires and fire safety.
  • Never leave children unattended around the stove or campfire.
  • Be careful not to leave your tongs or other cooking tools too close to the fire. They will get hot quicker than you might think.

Omelet in  a Bag RecipeOmelet in a Bag

This campfire cooking breakfast is so simple to do. Put a large pot of water on a camping stove or on a grate over the campfire and bring the water to a boil. While the water is heating, prepare the boiling bags by first writing everyone’s name on a quart-size freezer bag. Break two eggs into each bag and have your kids add their favorite omelet ingredients. Some options may include:

  • Cheese
  • Ham
  • Pre-cooked bacon or bacon bits
  • Chopped onions
  • Chopped bell peppers

Close the bag and gently shake to mix the ingredients together. Once mixed thoroughly, gently squeeze air out of the bag. (Don’t skip this step or the bag will burst in the boiling water.) Add bags to boiling water and let sit for 10 minutes or until the eggs are solid. Using tongs, take each bag out of the water and pour the omelet onto a plate. Season with salt and pepper.

Adding a side of fruit will round out this nutritious breakfast and get your day off to a great start.

Campfire Pizza Recipe


Campfire Flat Bread Pizza

Most of the work involved in this kid-friendly treat is deciding what combination of ingredients to put on your pizza! If you’re able to bring everything to the campsite pre-sliced, the assembly of your pizza goes much faster. Begin by prepping your campfire so that by the time you are ready to cook your pizzas, you have a good bed of coals and low to medium-sized flames under the grill.

Basic ingredients:

  • Flatbread – Use naan bread or pita, lavash or foccacia bread. A pre-cooked pizza crust will also do the trick. If you’re adventurous, experiment with pre-made pizza dough and precook your bread before adding any toppings.
  • Sauce – Use basic marinara or spaghetti sauce or if you want to be fancy, use pesto or a cream-based sauce like Alfredo, or even barbeque sauce. For a sauce- less version, drizzle olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Cheese – Mozzarella is the crowd favorite but you can also use cheddar, parmesan, goat or blue cheese.
  • Toppings –  Fresh veggies and fruit  like mushrooms, bell pepper, onions, olives, or pineapple
  • Meat – Look for options that are pre-cooked like pepperoni, prosciutto, sliced chicken, crumbled hamburger or sausage or chopped ham

Yield 1 pizza /serving                                                      Prep time: 10-15 minutes   Cook Time: 10-15 minutes


  • 1 flat bread
  • 3-4 tablespoon sauce
  • 1/3 cup cheese, grated
  • 1/3 cup of your favorite veggies, chopped
  • 3-4 slices of meat, optional


  1. Pull out a sheet of foil that is 2X as long as the length of your flat bread and place your bread in the middle.
  2. Layer your ingredients on top of the bread beginning with the sauce followed by cheese and toppings
  3. Wrap your pizza in a sealed foil package leaving room at the top of the pizza so the foil doesn’t rest on the toppings. Tip: stick a few toothpicks in your pizza before closing the packet and this will help keep the foil from resting on your toppings.
  4. Place on grill until the cheese is nice and melted. Open the foil periodically to make sure the bottom of the flatbread is not burning.

Campfire ConeCampfire Cones - Dessert Recipe

Begin by prepping your campfire so that by the time you are ready to cook, you’ve got a good bed of coals and low to medium-sized flames under the grill.

You will need:

  • Sugar cones
  • Peanut butter
  • Mini marshmallow
  • Chocolate chips
  • Bananas
  • Aluminum foil

Here’s what you do:

  1.  Slice bananas
  2. Spread peanut butter inside of each cone; place a couple of marshmallows in the tip of each cone (this will help keep catch drips from leaking through the bottom of the cone)
  3. Layer in bananas, marshmallow and chocolate chips
  4. Wrap the whole cone in aluminum foil, the place over hot coals for 5-10 minutes, turning often
  5. Unwrap cone, checking to see if everything is melted
  6. ENJOY!

This quick and easy dessert is the perfect finish to a campfire meal.

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Campfire cone