A Campfire Dinner Menu

By Coco Morante | Last Updated August 24, 2016
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Inspired by the Five Elements, this fun, balanced menu is perfect for enjoying the outdoors and the fresh taste of summer.  With a bit of advance planning and prep, you need little more than a fire ring and camping stove to pull off epicurean dinners in the woods, Silicon Valley style.

First, some quick tips to prep for camping:

1. Pack your cooler wisely/; Start with a layer of ice at the bottom, placing raw meats directly on the ice. 

2. Wash, pre-chop and bag all fruits and vegetables. Ideally, you won't have to bust out a knife and cutting board for any meals. 

3. Bring along only as much of everything as you'll need, packing foos in resealable bags or leakproof containers. Store liquids upright to prevent spills. 

4. Meats should either be pre-marinated and stored in resealable plastic bags, or require a simple sprinkle of salt and pepper, a pre-mixed spice rub or a bottled sauce to serve alongside. 

The Menu

Hibiscus Agave Agua Fresca (Element: water)
Cedar Plank Salmon (Elements: fire and wood)
Farro and Stone Fruit Salad (Element: earth)
Skillet Grape and Berry Grunt (Element: metal)

Wood-Fired Cedar Plank Salmon

Salmon wood-fired and grilled on cedar plank
A sweet curry spice rub pairs perfectly with the charred, smoky notes of cedar in this easy salmon recipe. Cedar plank cooking is ideal for camping, since cleanup is fuss-free.

Farro and Stone Fruit Salad

Chewy farro and juicy, sweet stone fruit are dressed with a walnut oil and balsamic vinaigrette. Crunchy romaine lightens things up and brings the dish into salad territory, delivering a grain and...

Hibiscus Agave Agua Fresca

After a long day of hiking, a refreshingly tart agua fresca is a great way to cool off . This recipe makes a concentrate that’s easy to pack and dilute with water for serving. You can also use it as...

Skillet Grape and Berry Grunt

Lightly sweetened berries and grapes simmer on the camp stove until saucy and sweet, then get crowned with buttermilk dumplings and cinnamon sugar for a one-skillet dessert. Thanks to store-bought...
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