6 insanely good recipes that you didn't know you could cook on a campsite
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If you’re squeezing in a last-minute camping trip to catch the (fingers crossed) final bit of sunshine of the summer, you’re probably dreading the prospect of lumpy porridge and instant noodles cooked over a dodgy stove flame. We feel your pain in this – and we also know that campsite eating doesn’t actually have to be a sloppy/very burnt yet somehow raw inside horror show. Trading luxury for nature doesn’t require dietary compromise. With this in mind, the culinary whizzes at youth travel expert Topdeck have used nothing but an open fire to cook up a storm of Tagine, Paprikash, Gozleme and other delicious traditional dishes from around the world. Here the chefs share their wanderlust inspired recipes for the first time – you’ll hardly believe that these can be rustled up at a campsite... Topdeck Cacciatore Chicken Serves: 5 Cooking time: 1 hour Ingredients: 6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs 1 cup of flour seasoned 3 slices bacon, chopped 2 green bell pepper sliced 2 red bell pepper sliced 1 large onion, thinly sliced 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 150g mushrooms, sliced 1 tsp dried basil 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp ground fennel seed 2/3 tsp crushed red pepper flakes 2 cans whole plum tomatoes 350 ml chicken stock ½ cup torn fresh basil leaves ½ cup torn fresh oregano leaves To serve: Grated parmesan for serving Cooked pasta (550g) or soft polenta (1 ½ cups) for serving Recipe: Step 1: Dredge the chicken thighs in the seasoned flour and brown each side until golden Step 2: Remove the thighs and set aside. Add bacon. Cook until almost crisp and then add peppers, onions, garlic, and mushrooms Step 3: Stir in basil, oregano, fennel, red pepper flakes, sauté for 1 minute, add tomatoes and stock, simmer for 10 minutes Step 4: Return the chicken thighs to the pot, skin side up, and simmer for 30 minutes or until cooked. Stir in the fresh basil and oregano Step 5: Serve over pasta (optional) Chicken and Apricot campsite tagine Serves: 5 Cooking time: 1 hour Ingredients: 10 chicken drumsticks 2 onion chopped 1 ½ cup sliced dried apricot 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp ground coriander 1 ½ cup chicken stock 500 g tinned tomatoes To serve: Boiled potatoes 1kg To garnish: 1 cup black pitted olives ½ cup parsley or coriander Handful of green beans Recipe: Step 1: Brown the chicken in a large saucepan Step 2: Add the onion, apricot, ginger, coriander, stock and tomatoes Step 3: Simmer for 30 minutes until the chicken is cooked and season Step 4: Serve on potatoes (optional), green beans and garnish Hungarian inspired Chicken Paprikash Serves: 5 Cooking time: 1 hour Ingredients: 1 ½ kg chicken, cubed 2 tbsp paprika 250g tinned tomatoes 3 peppers cut into rings 2 onion 2 tbsp garlic 3 tbsp tomato puree 1 tbsp mixed herbs 1/2 litre beef stock To Serve: Boiled potatoes 1kg Handful of green beans Recipe:
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