Everyone knows you can roast a marshmallow on a stick. And hot dogs, of course. These are basics. At this point in time, people may be born with this knowledge.
You can up your campfire game, however, with the following 10 foods, most of all of which you may not have ever thought about piercing with a stick and holding over some glowing coals.
The next time you’re sitting around a fire with some friends, you may casually want to pull out a peach and give it a good roast.
Don’t just shove a metal skewer or sharpened stick through the shell. For this trick, use the skin of a orange. Keep the peel as intact as possible, with an opening on top. Drop an egg inside (in the shell), slide the stick through as near to the top of the orange peel as possible, and roast away.
Making breakfast? Or BLTs? Fold a bacon strip into an accordion shape and run a skewer through it. Cook it over the coals until it gets crispy—but be careful of flare-ups and fat spatters. I tried this one a couple of weeks ago. It was a little burnt in parts, but it was still bacon. Yum.
Think I was kidding about that BLT? You might not want to include a tomato on the skewer—but then again you might. For your first try, though, aim for a grilled cheese. You can find a recipe here.
This is more of a deconstructed sort of take on the Italian classic, with all of the ingredients shish-kebabed in a row. You get the taste of a pizza without the shape.
I just made that name up for this dough-wrapped sausage or hot dog. Elevate the lowly meat product into a gourmet treat. Choose a pre-cooked sausage you find to be delicious (we used Cajun chicken sausage). Wrap it in refrigerator biscuits, croissants, or pretzel dough. Cook the blanketed tube steak on a stick over low coals until the dough is cooked through. Eat with your favorite dipping sauce.
I wouldn’t believe that these sweet treats could toast to perfection on a stick, and while they might not be as evenly baked as an oven would make them, they’re still cinnamon rolls. In that way, they’re a lot like bacon. They’re good simply because of what they are. Find a recipe here.
I mentioned a peach above, but all sorts of fruits can make themselves at home over a campfire, including apples, pineapples, and bananas. Just put the whole fruit on a skewer or marshmallow roaster. Pineapple can be roasted without its skin, but for all of the other fruits mentioned, leave the skin on. Roast them over hot coals until they’re soft and cooked through. (See this recipe for a banana split.)
Corn on the Cob
Roast an entire ear of corn on a stick until the kernels are soft and slightly charred. Brussels sprouts work well with this method, too.
Bring your favorite soft pretzel dough, or pick up a can of the pre-made stuff near the refrigerator biscuits. Roll the dough into balls and jam them on a stick or marshmallow roaster. Cook them over low coals until they’re cooked through. You can test them by gently pulling a ball or two apart and seeing how gooey it is inside. Once they’re done to your satisfaction, dip them in salt, mustard, or cheese sauce.
You can have this one and eat it to, especially if you saved that orange peel from the egg recipe. In this case, though, you only need half, shaped like a bowl. Add 1/4 cup of your favorite prepared cake mix, then cook it over low coals until the batter is cooked through. Eat it directly out of the orange peel.