Start the festivities as soon as you roll into camp with this easy appetizer. Serves 4.
½ pound Gouda cheese
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 loaf French bread
1⁄3 cup dried cranberries (or 4 oz. cranberry sauce)
At home: Store cranberries and Gouda in separate zip-top bags, and put oil in a leakproof container. Store loaf in a large plastic bag, and stow at the top of your pack to avoid squishing.
In camp: Slice Gouda and cut bread into 1-inch slices. Warm a dash of oil over medium heat and toast bread until golden. Flip, add cheese, and cover until melted (2 minutes). Top with cranberries or a dollop of sauce, remove from heat, and serve.