Camping is a great pastime. Add cooking to the trip by taking traditional recipes and creating versions of easy camping recipes that can be done in your camping kitchen setup. With the proper preparation, you can make gourmet meals with ease. One recipe you may not have considered ideal for a campfire meal is quiche. This dish is very simple and can be made with ease during your next camping expedition.
Gather Your Tools
The main tool you need to pull off the ideal campfire bacon and cheese quiche is a Dutch oven. Ideally, a cast iron Dutch oven is the best option for outdoor use. Make sure it is large enough for the pie shells to rest inside comfortably, so test the size before heading out to the campsite. You will need pie pans or pie shells with an aluminum pan included. If you bring roll-out pie crust, be sure to pack metal pie pans that are able to fit in the Dutch oven (some have an edge that can make them larger than the type that come with the pie shell). You also need to bring a mixing bowl, a whisk, a camping utensils set and a pie server. You should also remember to bring a camping cutting board to dice the bacon and to do any other cutting necessary.
Gather the Ingredients
For a quiche, you only need a few ingredients, which makes a perfect dish to cook outside. Some of these items will require some form of outside refrigeration, which ideally would be a camping cooler with plenty of ice. You will need the following ingredients:
- 8 slices of bacon
- 4 eggs
- 2 tbsp milk or heavy cream
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 C shredded mozzarella cheese
- 9″ pie crust (pre-formed or rolled crust)
- Salt and pepper to taste
Your campfire needs to reach a temperature of 350 degrees and will require approximately 25 charcoal briquettes. First, you need to fry the bacon in a pan and then drain all but 1 tbsp of bacon fat. Use the reserved bacon fat to sauté the onion. Blend the eggs, milk, flour, and herbs along with salt and pepper to taste. Add the crumbled bacon, onion, and cheese. Mix the ingredients well and then pour into the pie crust.
Bake in the covered Dutch oven for approximately 45 minutes. Keep in mind that cooking times will vary according to the number of coals you use, outside conditions, and the Dutch oven’s temperature. You will need to arrange a few of the coals on top of the Dutch oven to get an even cooking temperature. Be careful to not burn yourself and use oven-safe mitts to avoid injuries when handling cast iron.
Cook until the top of the quiche is an even golden brown. You will need to turn the Dutch oven several times to ensure even cooking. Remove from heat and allow cooling before cutting and serving. This recipe serves approximately 6 – 8 people. This dish should be eaten immediately, and leftovers should be placed in the cooler after cooling. This dish lasts for 2 to 3 days at most. You can also change this recipe to include other ingredients and cheese to your taste. Some ideas include spinach, feta, ham, and tomato. Try this recipe for any time of the day, but it is traditionally a breakfast or brunch dish.