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Backpacker Magazine – August 2008

Trail Recipes: Portable Pub Grub

We'll show you how to adapt you favorite bar food for the trail: Mushroom-Asiago Veggie Burgers, Spicy Sweet Potato Fries, Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip, and Toasted Tortilla Chips.

by: Joann Winberg

(Photo by Justin Bailie)
(Photo by Justin Bailie)
(Photo by Justin Bailie)
(Photo by Justin Bailie)
(Photo by Justin Bailie)
(Photo by Justin Bailie)



Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip

1 can evaporated milk (5 oz.)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 jar quartered and marinated artichoke hearts, chopped (we like Cento's)
2 cups fresh baby spinach, lightly chopped
2-3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
3/4 cup Parmesan & Romano cheese blend

At Home
Place spinach, basil, and cheese in a large zip-top bag.

In Camp
Whisk evaporated milk, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan until smooth. Place over medium heat, stirring frequently until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat; add in artichoke hearts, spinach, basil, and cheese. Stir and cook for 6-7 minutes or until spinach is wilted and cheese is melted. For dipping, pack a bag of pita chips (they're less fragile than others) or a loaf of crusty bread, or make tortilla chips in camp. Serves 4-6.

Toasted Tortilla Chips

4 10-inch tortilla wraps (try Mission's Garden Spinach Herb or Jalapeño and Cheddar)
1 oz. olive or canola oil (optional)
pinch of sea salt

At Home
Cut tortilla wraps into wedges and place in a zip-top bag.

In Camp
Fry wedges in a skillet with oil until crisp and browned, or use a dry nonstick skillet. Remove from heat and sprinkle lightly with sea salt. Serves 4-6.

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Jul 05, 2010

It's not only a dietary choice.

Perhaps you forgot that meat does not keep as well as vegetables?
One vegetarian meal will not kill you. Trust me.

Oct 25, 2009

I also agree.where is the meat.
Last I heard backpacking was not a veg. only thing

Oct 15, 2009

made this on a trip last summer and it was a HIT. so good, i made it again when i was at home in real kitchen, too. there's something to be said about gooey artichoke dip after a long hike. all that was missing was an ice cold beer.

Dec 29, 2008

Anyone tried the Bangers & Mash from Packit Gourmet? Delicious, easy to make and chock full of sausage! Now, thatís my idea of trail food!

Dec 08, 2008

I agree. Lets get some meat on the menu.

Oct 02, 2008

I have been a reading Packpacker Mag for years and consider it my camping bible. But what's up with you guys in the food department, are you all vegetarians? 90% of the receipies have no meat. Where's the beef (chicken, fish, etc.)?


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