It’s summertime! I absolutely love spring, summer and fall, and with those seasons come rare times of long-awaited camping. My husband and I have an RV, and as much as we love to visit other areas of the country, sometimes we just like to camp close to home, relax, and just “be.” A few of my favorite things about stationary camping are sleeping in, drinking coffee, reading in front of a fire, and cooking over that fire. We recently camped at our local reservoir for a couple of days and did just that.
We also love to visit Branson, Missouri, and if you’ve ever visited Silver Dollar City, you have probably noticed the gargantuan iron skillet meals — with their wonderful aromas of meats, veggies, herbs and spices — that the hillbilly-clad employees entice us with. Every time we visit there, my husband tells me that we are going to make something like that ourselves. One day last winter, he brought home a large iron skillet, some Kielbasa (a type of Polish sausage) and frozen vegetables. He made it several times on top of the stove, and it has turned out to be one of our favorite meals. We thought we’d give it a try over the grate on the fire pit as one of our meals while camping, and I think it was the best ever.
We made a double batch so we could have leftovers (I love leftovers). It had another dimension of flavor which I attribute to the wood fire and smoke. Doesn’t everything taste better outside cooked over a fire? It was also super easy, as all I had to do was cut the Kielbasa (we used turkey as it has a little less fat, but you could use whatever you prefer), dumped the frozen veggies in, added some onion, turkey bacon, seasonings and stirred it around as needed. I used some olive and canola oil, but you can use whatever you like. We generally don’t eat potatoes, so I used onion, the frozen beans with a few carrots mixed in with them, and another bag of just green beans. I like the longer, smaller frozen beans rather than just the frozen cut green beans, but that’s totally up to you. Use whatever veggies you like or have on hand. You could even make it in your skillet over the grill.
This will definitely be one of the frequent meals we will make while camping or at home. There really are no rules or must dos, so make it your own. Enjoy your summer!
CAMPFIRE SKILLET MEAL
1 16-ounce bag frozen whole green beans
1 16-ounce bag frozen green and wax beans with baby carrots
1 package kielbasa or similar type sausage, cut into bite-sized chunks
1 onion, sliced or chopped
5-6 slices bacon (I used turkey bacon)
3-4 tablespoons oil (olive or vegetable)
Seasoning to taste…I used pepper, Butt Rub, and Carolina seasonings.
In a cast-iron skillet (if cooking over a fire or on the grill) or a regular skillet (if cooking on the stove), add oil and slightly cook bacon. Add onions and stir to cook. Add frozen vegetables and the kielbasa sausage. Cook while stirring until done.
You can use sliced or chunked potatoes, peppers and any other choices of vegetables that you like. This is a recipe that can be customized to your tastes. ♦