Delicious Camping Griddle Cooking

Tuesday, 25 July 2017  |  Admin

Delicious Camping Griddle Cooking

Camping, by its very nature, is an adventure for the whole family. Doing things, you wouldn’t normally do at home and trying out new experiences is all part of that adventure. Preparing, cooking and eating delicious food should be part of this experience. I remember as a child never really liking baked potatoes, but a camp fire and a foil wrapped spud – well that was a jacket potato I would eat. A knob of butter or a warmed tin of beans and we were Bear Grylls living in the wild.

As we grow up things become a little more sophisticated and the camp fire ‘recipes’ become almost a distant memory, replaced by cooking stoves, camp ovens and electric griddles. Our food has evolved too, but the sense of adventure remains together with the desire to eat great camp site dinners.

There is little doubt that a good electric griddle can offer the chance to make amazing breakfasts, easily and quickly. Pancakes and crepes both savoury and sweet are another good reason to cook griddle style. But there are so many often overlooked recipes perfect for your next camping trip which can be easily cooked on an electric camping griddle with just a little home preparation.      

Healthy electric griddles offer many excellent benefits when cooking for the family on the go. For a start, a large cooking surface area means you can cook a lot of food all at the same time; perfect for all the family. Electric griddles have a nice even heat distribution across the entire flat cooking area making it easier to cook, manoeuvre and turn your food with a simple flat spatula.

Many electric griddle models, including the superb Quest Low Wattage Electric Healthy Griddle, are very easy to wipe clean and have a removable drip tray underneath to catch excess fats and oil which simply drain away. Top Tip: We also use the space underneath our Quest electric camping griddle to warm the plates before serving!

Why not try one of these tasty recipes on your griddle. Perfect for camp cooking and quick to prepare before you travel.

 

Potato Hash Browns: Excellent as a snack or partnered with a main meal.

You’ll need:

  • 700 grams potatoes, peeled, washed and dried
  • 1 tbsp. chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp. chopped chives
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil

What to do before you travel:

  • Grate the potatoes and then squeeze them between paper towels to remove excess moisture.
  • Now mix the potatoes, parsley, chives, salt and pepper together in a bowl.
  • Form the potato mixture into patties and store them in a Tupperware container ready to cook on the camp site.

How to cook:

  • Preheat your griddle on a high setting (around 300ºF).
  • Drizzle 1 tbsp. vegetable oil on griddle.
  • Place the potato hash browns on the griddle
  • Cook each side for around 5 minutes, until they are golden brown.

Serve hot with a side salad or as part of the main meal.

 

Griddled Smoked Paprika Vegetables

You’ll need:

  • 2 Aubergines
  • 4 Courgettes
  • 25 Asparagus spears
  • Cooking Oil
  • 2 tbsps. smoked paprika
  • Pinch of course salt
  • Pinch of ground black pepper

What to do before you travel:

  • Cut the aubergine and courgettes lengthways into slices, around 2cm thick and remove the woody stem from the asparagus.
  • Mix a little cooking oil together with the smoked paprika, salt and a pinch of black pepper and brush generously over the prepared vegetables.
  • Store in a Tupperware container or foil wrapped ready to cook on the camp site.

How to cook:

  • Heat the griddle on a high setting (around 300ºF).
  • Cook the vegetables in batches;
  • Cook aubergines for around 15 minutes turning them over halfway through cooking.
  • Cook courgettes and asparagus for around 5-10 minutes, turning them over halfway through cooking.

Serve warm with a side salad and garlic bread slices.

 

Grilled Sweet Chilli Squid Rings

You’ll need:

  • 1 tbsps. Dried Chilli flakes  
  • A handful of coriander leaves
  • A little olive oil
  • 2 tbsps. runny honey
  • 400g of prepared squid rings (defrosted if frozen)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of black pepper

What to do before you travel:

  • Chop the coriander roughly and mix it with the Chilli flakes, 2 tbsp of olive oil and 2 tbsps of runny honey.
  • Stir in a pinch of salt and a pinch or two of black pepper.
  • Mix the squid together with the chilli, honey and coriander oil.
  • Store in a Tupperware container ready to cook on the camp site

How to cook:

  1. Heat the griddle on a high setting (around 300ºF).
  2. Cook the squid rings until just opaque throughout, about 1-2 minute per side.
  3. Spoon over any remaining chilli, honey and coriander and oil, then serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon.

 

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