Camping in the fall is wonderful! You have fewer annoying insects, night comes sooner so you can stargaze, fire bans are off, and people are scarce. You can see all the reasons for fall camping here, but one of the best ones is comfort food.
Welcome to our newest monthly post, Camping Comfort Food. The first week of each month we’ll be posting a new comfort food recipe you can make at the camp site.
Our First Camping Comfort Food recipe is a personal favorite no matter where we are–Macaroni and Cheese. We chose it because it’s not only one of the most popular dishes ever made, but also because of its versatility, both in preparation and in serving.
This recipe can be made in one pot, from beginning to end–no cooking the macaroni separately! You can certainly try it in a Dutch oven, but if you’re unused to cooking over a fire or coals, this does beautifully in a pot on the camp stove (We use a Coleman Instastart; lighting it is just one less thing to worry about. No matches? No problem). Ultra-simple, satisfying, and a favorite of adult and kid alike, this Camping Macaroni and Cheese is sure to become a camping go-to.
Camping macaroni and cheese
- 4 cups milk (any; 2% or skim is great)
- 3 cups macaroni, uncooked
- 4 cups cheddar cheese (you can use pre-grated or grate about 1 pound)
- 1/2 teaspoon powdered mustard
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
Pour milk into a medium saucepan and heat until it is simmering, stirring regularly to prevent scorching on the bottom. Add the macaroni and continue to stir every minute or so, for about 10 minutes. When macaroni is done but still a little firm (it may take a little longer but mine takes ten minutes, stir in the mustard, salt and pepper, then add the cheese. Remove from the heat and stir until cheese is melted and blended into the sauce. The sauce should be nice and thick, if not, add a little more cheese. If it’s too thick, add a little more milk. Serves four.
If you have a large crowd, extend your camping macaroni. Steam broccoli and fry some sausages and serve the macaroni on the side. You can make burgers to go with it. It can also be a great side to our Pot Ribs recipe.
If there are leftovers, spread the remainder in a rectangular pan or plastic container to set for a couple of hours or overnight. Then, once they’re set, cut them into rectangles about 1 1/2″ x 3″. Roll them in flour, then dip them into a beaten egg, then roll them in bread crumbs (I use 1 cup panko bread crumbs with 1/3 cup grated parmesan), and deep fry for an amazing lunch or snack! The macaroni and cheese sticks also go great with tomato soup.
If you’re going to serve them without soup, put a tangy dip like ketchup or our fabulous lemony tartar sauce on the side; the sticks are mild and need some livening up.
So that’s our first Camping Comfort Food Recipe! What do you think? Is there any recipe you would especially like to see? Let us know in the comment section below.