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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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Mountain Mulligatawny This classic East Indian rice-and-chicken soup delivers the exotic aroma of curry.

6 cups water
1/3 cup finely chopped dried apple
1/4 cup finely chopped sun-dried tomato
2 tablespoons instant chicken bouillon
1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
1 teaspoon dried minced garlic
2 teaspoons hot or mild curry powder
1 teaspoon coriander
1 teaspoon cumin seed
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1 cup instant brown rice
1 pouch chicken breast pieces (7 oz.)

At home: Chop apples and tomatoes. Place in zipper-lock bag with bouillon, onion flakes, and garlic. Place brown rice in a separate zipper-lock bag with curry powder, coriander, cumin seed, and parsley.

In camp: Bring water to a boil in a medium pot and stir in contents of apple/tomato bag. Cook for 3 minutes. Add contents of rice bag. Continue cooking 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chicken, breaking up meat with a spoon, and simmer 3 minutes. Remove pot from heat to cool down. This thick soup (not much broth) serves 3.

Hot & Sour Soba Seafood Soup
Treat yourself to the spicy flavor of Chinese takeout, even when you're far from home.

4 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup seasoned rice vinegar
3 cubes Knorr fish bouillon
1 ounce dried mushrooms (Asian markets offer various varieties)
1 bundle buckwheat soba noodles (4 oz.)
2 teaspoons dried minced garlic
1 tablespoon dried chopped chives
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
4 pouches crab or imitation crab (3.53 oz. each), or 2 cans (6 oz. each)

In camp: Bring water and vinegar to a boil in a medium pot. Add bouillon and stir to dissolve. Add mushrooms, garlic, chives, and crushed pepper; cook for 2 minutes. Break soba noodles in half, add to pot, and continue cooking 5 minutes. Stir in crab, undrained, and cook for another 2 minutes. Makes 3 generous servings.

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Feb 15, 2012

Stupid hippies

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

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.

Dec 26, 2008

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

Dec 04, 2008

any recipes with food in them?

Oct 12, 2008

And if you don't like Curry?


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