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Winter Camping Recipes

From curries to seafood soup, these gourmet meals mean you never have to have a hot dog again. They'll also warm you to the core during winter camping treks.

by: Backpacker Contributors

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Masman Curry
Lemongrass and peanuts accent this creamy Thai dish.
1 tablespoon Masman curry paste (contains lemongrass, garlic, cumin)
1/2 cup matchstick-cut carrots
1/2 medium onion, peeled
1 1.75-oz. pouch powdered coconut cream (or 1 cup canned coconut milk)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/3 cup crushed peanuts
1 7-oz. pouch pre-cooked chicken breast; vegetarian option: 1 14-oz. can chickpeas
1 4-oz. pouch instant mashed potatoes
Note: Find powdered coconut cream at Asian or Indian groceries.

At Home
Combine brown sugar and crushed peanuts in a zip-top bag. Transfer chickpeas in separate zip-top bag.

In Camp
Prepare potatoes according to the package directions; then set aside. Thinly slice onion. In a separate pot, combine curry, coconut powder, and 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Add carrots and onion and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add sugar, nuts, and chicken (or chickpeas), and cook until sugar is dissolved and everything is hot. Spread over potatoes. Serves 2.

Indian Red Curry
Chili peppers give this meal a pungent kick.

Indian Red Curry
Chili peppers give this meal a pungent kick.
2 tablespoons tomato paste (from tube)
2 tablespoons mild curry paste (try Patak's)
1 8-oz. container plain yogurt
1 7-oz. pouch pre-cooked chicken breast; vegetarian option: 1 (14 oz.) can chickpeas
1/4 cup slivered almonds or cashews
2 oz. ginger
1 1/2 cups instant rice

In Camp
Boil 1 1/2 cups water, stir in rice, cover, and set aside. Finely grate ginger and set aside. In separate pot, combine tomato paste, curry, and yogurt, and bring to a boil. Add chicken (or chickpeas) and cook, while stirring, till heated through. Serve over instant rice and top with nuts. Serves 2.

Note: An unopened container of yogurt stays fresh for 1 to 2 days on the trail in temps below 70°F.

Caribbean Pineapple Curry
Give your camp dinner a tropical flair.
1 jalapeno, seeded and sliced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 cup red bell pepper, julienned
1/2 onion, peeled
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon generic curry powder
1 7-oz. pouch pre-cooked chicken breast (optional)
1 mini bottle of rum
1 snack container (4 oz.) pineapple chunks
1 1/2 cups instant rice

At Home
Combine jalapeno and garlic in a zip-top bag.

In Camp
Add rum to chicken pouch and set aside to marinate. Slice garlic and onion. Boil 1 1/2 cups water, stir in rice, then cover. In a pot, heat oil and fry jalapeno and garlic for 30 seconds. Add onion, pepper, and curry. Stir for 3 minutes or until veggies soften. Add pineapple, rum, and chicken (if using) and cook till heated through. Pour over rice. Serves 2.

Thai Green Curry
This sweet-tasting dish is more fragrant than hot.
2 teaspoons green curry paste
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 cup matchstick-cut carrots
1/2 small onion, peeled
1 1.75-oz. pouch powdered coconut cream (or 1 cup canned coconut milk)
2 3.5-oz. pouches pre-cooked shrimp; vegetarian option: 1 12-oz. package firm tofu
1/2 lime (optional)
1/4 cup cilantro (optional)
6 oz. rice noodles or linguine

In Camp
Cook noodles according to directions, drain, and set aside. Thinly slice onion, and chop tofu (if using) into 1-inch cubes. In a separate pot, combine curry, sugar, coconut powder, and 1 cup water (or canned milk) and bring to boil. Add carrots and onion, and cook (while stirring) for 3 minutes. Stir in shrimp (or tofu) and cook till heated through; serve over noodles and add lime or cilantro if desired. Serves 2.


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Scouti
Feb 15, 2012

Stupid hippies

Erik
Mar 30, 2010

Great recipes! If you have a problem with these recipes and are looking for something more "American" you got bigger issues.

Tim Sundberg
Jan 15, 2010

Whats with the junk food recipes we want good old american dishes get with the program who is going to look for curry when we can look into our own shelves and put something together this is not rocket science

Chris
Jan 19, 2009

These recipes sound good, but the last thing I want to do when it's 10 degrees out and snowing is "Thinly slice onion, and chop tofu (if using) into 1-inch cubes." Go to the organic section in your local market and some of the box mixes which you just add water to are outstanding.

eb
Dec 26, 2008

The Mountain Mulligatawny has become a family favorite. It's delicious.

jeff
Dec 04, 2008

any recipes with food in them?

Pdog
Oct 12, 2008

And if you don't like Curry?

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