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CAMP AND RV RECIPE OF THE WEEK
NOT Your Mama's
“Dressing” is the ultimate side dish and one of the easiest to make in camping. Depending on where you grew up, dressing MUST be made with crumbled cornbread or MUST be made with diced, day-old white bread. Here is a compromise with the texture of bread stuffing and the sweetness of corn.
5 to 6 slices bacon, cut up
Large onion, diced
3 cups water (may include liquid drained from corn)
1 or 2 cans whole kernel corn
12-ounce package seasoned stuffing mix such as Pepperidge Farm
In a roomy saucepan, fry out bacon and spoon off excess fat. Stir fry onion to soften. Add water and bring to a boil.
Add corn and bring back to a boil. Turn off heat, stir in stuffing mix, cover and let steep until stuffing mix is moist. If it’s too dry add hot water, broth or gravy. Serves 10-12.
Cook’s note: Add a beaten egg to leftover dressing, form into patties and fry in butter until crisp.
Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
Many versions of this recipe have been around for years. This one is creamier, richer than most because of the pudding mix. And you can make it with your own favorite brand of cocoa powder.
13 cups powdered milk
1 packet instant chocolate pudding mix
2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups French vanilla powdered creamer
1 cup powdered sugar
Mix everything well and keep sealed in a cool place. Makes 18 cups of mix to turn into five to six dozen cups of hot chocolate. To make cocoa, put 1/4 cup of mix in a mug, add very hot water, stir.
Tips for the Camp Cook
* Make New England style chowder and place a few pieces of diced cream cheese in the soup bowl Add hot chowder and stir.
* Don’t waste leftover hot coals. Brush cut vegetables with vegetable oil and let them brown to use tomorrow in soups, casseroles and salads. Examples: leeks cut lengthwise, zucchini, yellow squash, halved beets, chayote, eggplant.
* Add a shot of bourbon or rum to each two cups maple syrup for Sunday morning camp breakfast with pancakes, smoky bacon and a sprinkling of chopped pecans.
* Add protein and eye appeal to soup or stew. Sprinkle with mashed, crumbled, hard-cooked egg.
RECIPE OF THE WEEK
Cheesy, Crummy Casserole
It’s substantial enough for a vegetarian main dish and it's also a delicious side dish with meat from the grill. Many campgrounds today have a community kitchen with oven in the club house for parties. Make this ahead to bake in camp, or bring it to the potluck table, hot and bubbling from your own campsite.
2 medium yellow squash, diced
2 medium zucchinis, diced
4 large Roma tomatoes, diced
2 cans, 15 ounces each, whole kernel corn with juice
Small can evaporated milk (2/3 cup)
2 tablespoons flour, divided
4-ounce package (about 1 cup) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
4-ounce package (about 1 cup) shredded Monterey jack cheese
1 cup cracker crumbs made from buttery crackers
Butter or spray a deep 9 X 13-inch casserole. Put diced squash in a large, clean bag with 1 tablespoon of the flour and shake to coat. Spread squash in a buttered casserole. Drain corn and add juice to canned milk to make 1 ½ cups liquid. Set aside.
Cover squash with an even layer of corn and tomatoes. Sprinkle with cheddar.
Whisk milk/liquid, eggs and the second tablespoon of flour and pour over the casserole. Cover with foil and bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove foil, sprinkle with cracker crumbs and jack cheese and bake uncovered 10 minutes more until topping is toasty and filling is set as for custard. Serve at once. Makes 8 to 10 potluck servings.
Cook’s note: To make this ahead, prepare casserole except for final topping of crumbs and cheese. Cover and keep cold. Allow extra baking time if it's been chilled.