Camping Recipes – On a Stick

By INHF on July 26, 2012 in Blog

The Iowa State Fair boasts more than 50 different foods served on a stick. Now you can join in the fun with these easy, camping-friendly recipes, all cooked on a skewer.

Camping food doesn’t have to mean the traditional banana boats or pie-iron pizzas, try these delicious alternatives next time you’re out exploring one of Iowa’s great wild places.

The only cooking utensils you’ll need for both of these recipes are: mixing bowls, measuring cups/spoons, knife, skewers, spatula/tongs & campfire grill.

Spicy Steak Fries

  • 2 large unpeeled baking potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons hot smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar

Slice unpeeled potatoes lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick wedges. In a mixing bowl, toss the potatoes with 2 tablespoons olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Thread the wedges onto skewers and place on grill, flipping once, until wedges are golden brown and crispy (about 25 minutes). In another bowl, combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, paprika, garlic powder and brown sugar. Before serving potatoes brush with spice mixture.

Mini Blue Cheese Burgers

  • 1 1/4 lbs ground sirloin
  • 1/4 cup ketchup, plus more for basting
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons parsley
  • 1 chopped garlic clove
  • Salt
  • 8 tablespoons blue cheese
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons garlic
  • 8 slices baguette
  • 8 dill pickle halves

In a mixing bowl, combine meat, ketchup, parsley, 1 chopped garlic clove, and salt to season. Divide the mixture into eight equal parts. Press one tablespoon blue cheese into the center of each part and shape the meat around it, pressing flat to form a patty.

In another bowl, combine butter, garlic and parsley. Spread butter on both sides of the baguette slices. Thread one patty, a dill pickle half and a baguette slice so they lay flat on the skewer. Grill skewers, flipping once and basting the meat with ketchup to keep patties moist.

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