You always know that the itch to go on a campervan or camping adventure can’t be far away, so it’s time to get your supplies together, gather your friends or family, and shop for our top 10 easy campervan and camping meals.
Pea and ham soup in various forms have served as a traditional staple of Australian, English, and American food. It will take a few hours to cook properly over your campervan gas stove or in a pot over an open campfire. Pea and ham soup, due to its thick, rich, and somewhat salty flavour can easily take its place among the world’s great comfort foods.
1 large container of chicken broth
1 package of dried split peas
3 stalks of celery, diced
1 diced onion
Hambone or other odds and ends from a ham
Seasoning to taste
Add all ingredients into a pot
Bring to a boil
Simmer for at least three hours, or until ham is easily broken apart with fork and soup has a consistent texture
What could be simpler or more satisfying than that blast from your childhood past – good old fashioned grilled cheese? Your campervan has pans ideal for cooking the perfect grilled cheese on your gas stove or over the campfire.
The grilled cheese offers a lot of versatility. Try a variety of different kinds of cheeses and cheese combinations. Most people butter one side of each slice of bread before cooking, but we suggest trying mayonnaise instead. It creates a richer tasting crust on the sandwich.
Slices of white or wheat bread
Any type of cheese that will melt easily
Butter or mayonnaise
Coat outside of bread with butter, margarine, or mayonnaise. Mayonnaise provides a superior taste and crispness
You can find hundreds of ways to do a shrimp boil, but the most basic form is both easy and delicious. Combine apple cider vinegar and cheap beer, bring to a boil, and drop your shrimp in. Adjust the vinegar/beer ratio to taste. Keep stirring the shrimp while cooking and remove a few minutes before they look done. The shrimp will continue to cook a few minutes after you remove them from the liquid.
To experience a great American twist on the shrimp boil, order the Maryland-made seasoning, Old Bay, online. Dump most of a small box into your liquid at the beginning of cooking. Those from the area call it “Chesapeake Bay style shrimp.” It adds a great deal of spicy depth to your shrimp.
3 cans of cheap beer
1 jug of apple cider vinegar
1 or more pounds of shrimp
Old Bay seasoning (optional)
Removal of shrimp shell is optional
De-veining shrimp is not optional. Make sure you do this
Mix three parts beer and two parts vinegar, then bring to boil. Add Old Bay now, if desired
Put in shrimp and boil until nearly done
Remove and let rest in a bowl for five minutes to allow shrimp to finish cooking
Shrimp shells can be used, along with vegetables, to make a great fish stock
Like pea and ham soup, beef stew cooks slowly and serves as a comfort food favourite. Cubed beef, potatoes, carrots, and whatever else you want to throw in the pot, cooked slowly with some kind of thickening agent serves as a perfect dish for those cold camping nights. It will make you feel almost as warm and cozy as your sleeping bag and campfire will.
Cubed potatoes, carrots, onions, and other vegetables
Flour or cornstarch
1-quart beef stock or broth
Roll cubed beef in flour
Put ingredients in stock or broth, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer while covered for at least two hours
If not thick enough after cooking, add small cup of cold water with a tablespoon of cornstarch, add to simmering stew
Another staple of the food culture collision between Mexico and the United States, quesadillas are similar to fajitas but are cooked on the outside. Grill meat and/or vegetables, slice or cube them (except for shrimp), then put the meat and your cheese of choice in a tortilla folded in half. The difference is that you pan cook the meat and cheese filled tortilla after filling it, allowing the cheese to melt through the rest of the food and bind it all together.
Quesadillas may be one of the most perfectly delicious finger foods.
Thinly sliced beef or chicken, crumbled and browned chorizo, and/or shrimp
Cheddar, Monterrey Jack, or other cheese identified with Mexican cooking’
Choose one or more meats, season, and pan fry in skillet
Fill tortilla shell, add cheese, fold in half
Cook in iron skillet until browned on the outside and cheese binds interior together
The best side dish for anything barbeque, these beans traditionally bring a rich combination of savoury and sweet to the table. Technically, barbeque beans are cooked on a stovetop, and baked beans in an oven, but they typically have the same flavourings. Ingredients can include some, but not all of the following: ketchup, barbeque sauce, mustard, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, garlic, onions, and anything else your culinary cranium can imagine.
1 can baked beans
Choice of mustard, ketchup, barbeque sauce
Brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup
1 clove garlic, 1.4 cup diced onion
Make barbeque beans in an open top pot on stove, or baked beans in a closed pot on the oven or near an open campfire
Add ingredients to taste
Bring to a boil and simmer for an hour, being taking care to stir often and to avoid burning
Kangaroo meat can be delicious if prepared correctly. Experts say, however, that kangaroo meat is not best for those who prefer their meat well done. Cook it medium rare or medium to keep it from drying out.
Black pepper, salt
Put pepper and a dash of salt on both sides of the steak
Just like fish and chips, fried chicken does not appear on the typical campervan and camping menu. Also like fish and chips, the campervan’s gas stove serves as the perfect spot to cook up this delicious meal if you want.
Chicken breasts, thighs, legs, wings
Egg and milk wash
Flour and seasoning
1 quart cooking oil
Put eggs and milk in bowl and beat thoroughly
Place four and seasonings on plate
Dredge chicken through egg and milk wash, roll through flour, dip in milk and eggs, then roll through flour again
Deep fry until golden brown and cooked all the way through
Who doesn’t love hamburgers cooked over an open fire? Make sure that you adjust the thickness of the burger based on its proximity to the fire and your preference for how well done you like it. In other words, thick beef cooked close to the fire will give you a lot of char on a rare burger.
Of course, you want to make sure and top your burger the Australian way, with delicious beetroot.
Cheese, bacon, mayonnaise, barbeque sauce, and any other desired condiments
Make ground beef into burgers of desired size and thickness
Add seasoning to outside if desired
Grill over open flame until cooked to taste
Place on bun with condiments and other additions as desired
If Australian, add beetroot!
Nachos originated as a quick lunch whipped up by a Mexican restaurateur for visiting Americans. Crispy tortilla chips serve as a great foundation for ground hamburger or shredded chicken, pork, or beef. Top with your choice of vegetables, salsa, sour cream, and loads of ooey gooey cheese and you have easy camping food to keep everyone satisfied.
Ground beef, pork, or other meat
Cheddar, Monterrey jack, or other cheese usually used in Mexican-style cooking
Sliced and diced vegetables
Mexican sauce or salsa
Brown and season meat
Put chips onto a plate or platter
Put meat over chips, then cheese over the meat, than any combination of vegetables and sauce desired
When out camping, you need fun, delicious, and easy camping meals. Whether you choose one of the above selections or create your own camp feast, rely on Travellers Autobarn to hire out high-quality vehicles equipped with a gas stove, pots and pans, a refrigerator, and even a microwave.
Bastian is the Sales & Marketing Manager here at Travellers Autobarn. He holds a Master of Commerce in Marketing and International Business Management, and 20+ years experience in campervan hire, road trips and travel.