Colorado Campfire Breakfast
Why I Love This Recipe
Born and raised in the "backwoods" of Colorado, I learned early that food cook over an open fire is my favorite type of cooking! The joy of cooking while camping introduces it's own special challenges, like what to cook on... Here is a great tasting recipe that requires very little "utensils" other than basic necessities and the results can be totally Mountain Gourmet!
Submitted by: "Mel Gordon"
Ingredients You'll Need
One spirit that enjoys sunrise! Everyone else just has to be somewhat gregarious when they awake!
Glowing coals - from the previous nights fire! :)
Firewood to stoke up today's fire!
I recommend a cup or two (or more) of coffee during the process, but that's just me - totally optional! Shameless plug for a friend of mine - http://propergroundscoffee.com/
1 orange per person (I recommend large navel oranges)
2 slices of bacon per person (ok - I'm still a meatatarian!)
2 eggs per person (farm fresh are THE best)
Personal choices of seasoning - salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, cumin, seasoning salt, onion powder, etc - what do you like in your scrambled eggs? What's in your camping kitchen pantry?
Skillet (for bacon)
1 Spork per person - preferred but a spoon or a fork will suffice
Stoke the fire! Create a little "coal oven" in the campfire for even heat distribution. Three sides hot/coals - open side for your hands...
Coffee - drink - enjoy - smile - inhale the woods - smile bigger!
Get the bacon cooking! The bacon will not fully cook unless you pre-cook it some. It will never be crispy with this recipe (sorry) but it will be tasty - pre-cook the bacon but keep it flexible! Remember - the bacon will still cook throughout his recipe!
Coffee - drink - smell cooking pork - smile - smile bigger. If you camp with my friends - between the smell of coffee and the bacon you can skip the next step!
Wake your fellow campers! This is a team breakfast - they need to see sunrise too!
Coffee - you need it after waking them up!
Slice the top 1/4 to 1/3 third of the orange. Keep this top to use as a lid later. Keep track of which "top" belongs to each orange.
Have each "happy camper" use a spork to carefully eat the meat of the orange from inside the orange peel. Careful to not tear or poke through the peel, just eat the orange right out of the peel! Paper towels/napkins recommended! Stay careful, you really want each orange peel to be hollowed of "meat" but whole peels!
Take the bacon skillet off the fire and let it cool!
Have each "happy camper" line the inside of their "personal" orange peel with two slices of bacon - curve it around the inside of the hollowed out orange.
Each orange now gets 2-3 eggs. Crack those shells and just drop the eggs them inside with the bacon (not the shells - they can go right into the fire)!!
Now - each camper gets to customize! Sprinkle in salt, pepper, onion powder - whatever they like! And then stir the egg mixture (without disturbing the bacon) until they have the mix the want. Maybe a little milk?
Remember the tops of the oranges? Now when it's really handy to remember which "top" belongs to which orange! Place the top back on the orange and wrap the entire orange in foil. Carefully keep the "top" of the orange on top - it's not cooked yet - liquid spills! We have found that double-wrapping in foil is helpful!
Invent your own personal method of identifying whose orange is whose! Initials impressed into the foil? (don't puncture the foil) - a stick in the top of the orange wrap? Carved initials? Dancing Bear logo? Get creative...
Remember that "coal oven" in step one? Time to drop each foil wrapped orange into that foil oven! Keep them evenly spaced inside the "heat zone".
Yep - time for coffee - in fact how about a game of horseshoes! Frisbee? Fetch with the dog! Just remember to "rotate" the foil wrapped oranges every 5 minutes or so... Tongs or pit mitt helps!
Did I mention http://propergroundscoffee.com/ has the best coffee ever roasted...
Time to pull the breakfast from the fire! I use tongs to pull/rotate, but an oven mitt or pit mitt will work!
Put each camper's orange on their own paper plate and give them the spork they prepped their orange with!
You can eat right out of the peel when you remove the foil, but we've found it is better to just remove the breakfast from the peel and put it on your plate!
Enjoy! And keep our forests clean of trash!