Friday, May 18, 2018

Shortcut Recipes for Camping and Motorhome Cooking

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Camping and RV Recipe of the Week

Breakfast Oat Bites
These nutrition-packed poppers are an entire meal. Have them on hand for breakfast on days when you want to get an early start for the campground. 

4 cups one-minute or “quick”  oats (NOT old-fashioned, steel cut or instant oats)
1 ½ cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
2/3 cup brown sugar
½ cup canola oil
2 eggs
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped, unsalted nuts
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries
1 cup miniature chocolate chips

Grease or spray a deep 9 X 13-inch baking pan. Set the oven for 350 degrees. Put dry ingredients in a large, clean bag and shake gently to mix. In a large bowl whisk wet ingredients.  Dump in dry ingredients and mix until everything is evenly moistened. Fold in nuts, fruit and chocolate chips. Spread in pan, using the back of a wet spoon to make an even layer.
      Bake 30-40  minutes until firm, springy and pulling slightly away from edges of the pan. Cool 15 minutes and use a serrated knife to cut in  portions. Then let them cool in the pan. 
Wrap individually for a quick getaway tomorrow morning. Bars can also be frozen for up to one month.
Serving suggestion: Cut up, put in bowl, smother with fruited yogurt. 

Tips for the Camp Cook

* Make interesting butter pats to melt over vegetables, fish, steaks, chops. Soften a stick of butter and mix in 1/3 cup pepper jelly OR 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs OR 1 ounce caviar OR 3 tablespoons fruit jam. Chill. Makes 8 pats.

* Slice hot dogs in half lengthwise, curl in a coil and thread on a stick with a thawed, cooked meatball. Grill to heat through. Place coil on a round bun with the meatball in the center. Add your favorite toppings. 

* To remove stains from melamine dishes, try a paste made from 1/4 cup baking soda or cream of tartar and 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide. Smear on stains. Let dry. Wash as usual. 

     * Know the temperature of the skillet, coals, grill, camper oven with this point-and-shoot laser temperature sensor.

* Mash a little hazelnut coffee creamer into boiled sweet potatoes.

* Make an easy Florentine sauce for grilled or fried chicken, pork chops  or fish. Chop two handfuls of baby spinach. Heat a can of condensed cream of chicken soup with half a soup can of light cream and ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg. Stir in spinach and cook two minutes or until spinach is tender. 

* Peel, quarter and freeze onions. Use a sharp knife and cutting board and they can be chopped while frozen. No tears. 

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Campground Potluck 
Recipe of the Week
Chunky Crab Dip
Adding whole kernel corn makes a seafood dip more affordable and also more interesting. I like this with round tortilla chips and it’s also good with any scooper-shaped dippers such as celery, endive or Bugles.

8-ounce brick of cream cheese
½ cup ranch dressing
8-ounce package shredded cheese
16-ounce package real or imitation flaked crabmeat
Small jar diced pimentos, well drained
15-ounce whole kernel corn, well drained

If using real crabmeat, drain it and pick it over to remove any bits of shell. Soften cream cheese at “room” temperature in with a few seconds in the microwave. Mix in everything else. Put in a bowl and surround with dippers. Serve at “room” temperature or nuke just until shredded cheese melts. Makes about 3 cups. 

The One and Only Recipe 
You’ll Ever Need for

Apples add appeal to an ordinary chicken meal

Normandy Style Chicken
Master Recipe
Tired of the same ol’ chicken? Here’s a recipe that goes as well with dark meat as white, with drumsticks as with patties. In a pinch you might even make it with breaded chicken patties or chicken nuggets. 

6 portions chicken (skin on or skin off, bone in or boneless, white or dark
20-ounce package ground chicken, mixed with an egg and  made into 6 patties
2 cans, 10 ounces each, chunk chicken, drained
Medium onion, diced

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

3 cups sliced, peeled fresh  apples OR
1 can pie-sliced apples OR
10-ounce jar of unsweetened chunky applesauce

1 can cream of chicken, mushroom, or celery soup
1/4 cup apple brandy, applejack or apple schnapps OR
1/4 cup apple juice concentrate
½ teaspoon dried, crumbled sage
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Brown chicken in hot oil, gradually adding onion. Add apples, cover and braise until chicken is done. In a bowl whisk soup, applejack and seasonings. Add to skilled and cook, uncovered until sauce is thick. Serve over rice, noodles, boiled potato, biscuits, toast, what have you. 

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