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6 Killer Recipes for Breakfast at the Campsite

posted by Ilana Dadras on May 22, 2014

Photo via Eureka!

Making your own breakfast at festivals saves you time and money, and your fellow campers will love you for it - but with limited supplies, perishable food, and just a hot plate or small grill to work with, it might seem like an unrealistic luxury.  

Here are 6 recipes that are simple, cheap, and delicious - cook for your friends in the morning, and enjoy the festival vendors for your other meals of the day. We've included what to pack, what to prepare in advance, and a step-by-step list of what to do to whip up something tasty in just a few minutes. Don't forget the champagne and OJ!

Mini Chocolate Chip Pancakes and Sausages



Via Ambitious Kitchen

What You'll Need:
Water (to boil)
Tea bags
Instant coffee
Butter or Vegetable oil
Pancake batter (prepare in advance, and store for up to 2 days in cooler)
Chocolate chips
Maple syrup
Gourmet sausages or Vegan sausages (cook at home, and store for up to 2 days in cooler)

First, heat up your grill/hot plate and put your water on to boil. This should be the first thing you do each morning before preparing breakfast! The water can be used for instant coffee, tea, hot cocoa, or even instant oatmeal. 

Next, heat up a pan and add butter or vegetable oil. Pour your prepared pancake batter into the pan to form 3-4 inch pancakes. When bubbles start to form and the bottoms are light gold in color, add the chocolate chips.  Get creative: create a loving family of smiley faces, or if you want to get ~crazy~, spell out your favorite band with one letter on each 'cake.

Flip the pancakes over to brown the other side. Serve with maple syrup.

Add additional butter or vegetable oil, and use preheated pan to heat up the sausages.

Hearty Veggie Scrambles 



Via Around My Family Table

What You'll Need:
Water (to boil)
Instant coffee
Tea bags
Butter or Vegetable oil
Eggs (scramble in advance and store in cooler for up to 2 days)
Chopped veggies (peppers, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms… chop in advance and store in cooler for up to 3 days)
Shredded cheese
Hamburger buns
Salt and pepper

Heat up the grill/hot plate and put your water on to boil. Prepare your coffee or tea, if desired.

Add butter or vegetable oil and wait for the pan to get nice and hot. Add chopped veggies. Stir for about 3 minutes. 

Add scrambled egg mixture, stirring constantly. When eggs are almost cooked, season with S+P and sprinkle shredded cheese on top. When cheese is melted, serve the egg scramble as is, or on hamburger buns for an extra-filling start to your day.

Instant Oatmeal with a Twist



Via Weelife

What You'll Need:
Water (to boil)
Instant coffee
Instant oatmeal
Fruit (dried or fresh)
Granola
Cinnamon and Sugar (optional)

Heat up the grill/hot plate and put your water on to boil. Put on a little extra today, as you'll be using it for coffee, tea, and to mix into your oats. 

Pour a packet of Instant Oats into a bowl, add hot water, and stir until combined. Add fruit (dried if your fresh stash has already passed), cinnamon and sugar, or granola for some extra crunch. 

Since this breakfast is alarmingly simple to prepare, it might be the right morning for mimosas. (Oatmeal + mimosas = luxury.) 

Mix together equal parts orange juice and champagne or sparkling wine, and serve in the fanciest glasses available (solo cups will do.) Alternatively, impress literally everyone you know with the "reverse mimosa," which calls for equal parts Orangina and white wine.

Eggs n' Biscuits



Via Kris Mulkey

What You'll Need:
Water (to boil)
Instant coffee
Tea bags
Butter or Vegetable oil
Eggs (scramble in advance and store in cooler for up to 2 days)
Biscuits
Jam

Heat up the grill/hot plate and put your water on to boil. Since you'll be enjoying biscuits today, I might recommend tea instead of coffee.

Add butter or vegetable oil and wait for the pan to heat up.  Cut the biscuits in half and place face down on the pan. Cook 2-3 minutes, until light golden in color. These won't be the same as homemade biscuits, but they'll still make your campsite smell amazing. Remove biscuits from pan. Spread additional butter or jam on top. Paula Deen would be proud.

Add scrambled egg mixture to preheated pan, stirring constantly. When eggs are almost cooked, season with S+P. Serve with hot sauce or ketchup on the side. 

Cheesy Bacon Potatoes (for the health conscious!)



Via Backyard Life Blog

What You'll Need:
Water (to boil)
Instant coffee
Tea bags
Butter or Vegetable oil
Bacon (cook in advance and cut horizontally into 2 inch strips, store in cooler for up to 2 days)
Shredded cheese
Chopped potatoes (cook half-way in advance, store in cooler)

Heat up the grill/hot plate and put your water on to boil. Prepare your favorite morning drinks!

Add butter or vegetable oil and throw in the chopped potatoes. I recommend chopping your potatoes into 1-inch cubes and cooking them until slightly browned at home - it'll save you a lot of time and effort at the campsite. Stir and cook the potato cubes until browned.

Add prepared bacon strips. Stir, making sure everything is heated up equally.  Add a generous amount of shredded cheese (cheddar or a Mexican-style blend would be best) and stir.  

Serve with S+P and hot sauce on the side.

Banana Tacos



Via RealFamilyCamping.blogspot.com

What You'll Need:
Water (to boil)
Instant coffee
Tea bags
Whole wheat flour tortillas
Bananas
Peanut butter
Chocolate chips

Heat up the grill/hot plate and put your water on to boil. Prepare coffee and tea.

Spread 2-3 tbsp. of peanut butter on the tortillas. Chop bananas in half length-wise and add two to each tortilla. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and roll it up.

Bon appétit!

Give these recipes a try at one of this summer's upcoming camping festivals, like Sasquatch!, Bonnaroo, Firefly, or Splendour in the Grass.