When you think of camping what typically comes to mind? Fires, making s’mores, spending quality (unplugged) time with family and friends are a few things that I think of. But what about delicious meals made over a fire? Camping doesn’t mean living off burgers and hot dogs! Recently I went camping with some friends as we do every summer. My friend, Stephanie, regularly throws down in the kitchen and I knew camping would be no exception. In this blog post I’m going to highlight my most favorite meal Steph made during our camping trip including items used to recreate it at home or on your campsite!

On the menu: spaghetti sandwiches and grilled hearts of romaine with blistered tomatoes. For this recipe you’re going to want to use a Lodge or FINEX cast iron pan. Being the ever prepared cook that she is, Steph made the spaghetti and tossed it with marinara sauce before we left for our camping trip so it was ready to go once dinnertime came. She then put the spaghetti between two pieces of frozen Texas toast, wrapped it in foil and threw it on our cast iron pan! Grill for 5-10 minutes, depending on how crispy you want your sandwich.

Onto the grilled romaine! The spaghetti sandwiches were obviously amazing, but I’ve been making grilled romaine at home ALL THE TIME. I can’t stop. It’s becoming an issue. While camping we simply lined the grate for the grill with aluminum foil, sprayed the grilled romaine with olive oil using an olive oil sprayer and let it grill. For the blistered tomatoes, we tossed them with olive oil on our cast iron pan. Use whichever dressing you prefer & you’ve got yourself some grilled romaine! To recreate this at home since I live in an apartment and don’t have access to a grill, I use my Staub grill pan. It’s just as easy and makes great grilled romaine! I’ve had it at least 3 times this week. Whoops!

As with ANY camping trip, it’s fun to have a few cocktails or mocktails by the fire. We used the Corkcicle Arctican and the Corkcicle Tumbler to keep our drinks from heating up by the fire and to keep our coffee warm in the cool mornings.