Summer is finally here and in full swing, and you know what that means: it’s time to go camping! Uncle Charley’s loves to hit the woods and unplug, so we thought we’d take some of the planning and guesswork off your plate to share a few tips for what to nosh on while you get out of the house for a weekend 🏕️
Campfire Breakfast Hash
The perfect breakfast to kick off a day of adventure DOES exist! This recipe is great because it’s easy to add and subtract ingredients based on what you have available and what your crew will enjoy.
¼ c butter, cubed
Two packages (20oz each) of frozen potatoes, shredded
One package of Uncle Charley’s Sweet Italian Sausage, cut into dime-size pieces
¼ c chopped onion
¼ c chopped green pepper
12 eggs, beaten
Salt and pepper
1 c shredded cheese
1. In a deep cast-iron or another heavy skillet, melt butter. Add the potatoes, sausage, onion, and green pepper. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat until potatoes are lightly browned, turning once.
2. Push potato mixture to the sides of the pan. Pour eggs into the center of the pan. Cook and stir over medium heat until eggs are completely set. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat; stir eggs into potato mixture. Top with cheese; cover and cook until the cheese is melted.
Fiery Campfire Vegetables
If you’re looking for the perfect side to go with your fire-cooked Uncle Charley’s sausages, these fiery campfire vegetables are the answer to your prayers.
1 medium zucchini, sliced
3 medium corn on the cob, cut into thirds
2 medium bell peppers, deseeded and chopped
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
1 T olive oil
1 T crushed red pepper flakes or less depending on spice preference
1 T parsley, chopped
1/2 T paprika
1. Place all veggies into a foil pack. Drizzle with olive oil.
2. Sprinkle with spices and stir to coat well.
3. Place on the fire for 10-15 minutes or until your veggies start to brighten in color and become tender.
When you’re packing and planning meals for camping, pre-measure and mix your spices and place in small Tupperware containers or baggies. Just make sure you label them so you don’t confuse your salt with your sugar!
Another side that will surely be a hit.
1 large white onion
½ T olive oil
salt and pepper
2 T shredded mozzarella cheese
2 T shredded cheddar cheese
2 T your choice of sauce to dip (we like soy sauce)
1. Cut onion into 6 to 8 wedges, stopping 1/2-inch short of the bottom. Do not cut through to the bottom – leave it intact.
2. Cut out a piece of aluminum foil.
3. Place onion on foil and slowly open up the onion a bit, pulling the wedges apart.
4. Drizzle onion with olive oil.
5. Season with salt and pepper.
6. Add cheese in the open center of the onion.
7. Drizzle the entire onion with sauce.
8. Wrap it up tightly and place over your campfire for 30-35 minutes, or until the onion is tender.
9. Remove from the fire and slowly open up the foil.
10. Serve immediately.
Camping Spots to Check Out
If you are struggling to find a good camping spot, we’ve narrowed down a few of our favorites to share!
1. Cook Forest is about a two-hour drive from Pittsburgh. It has excellent drive-up campsites, beautiful hiking and is right along the Clarion River. You can do all sorts of activities on the river, such as kayaking and tubing!
2. Ohiopyle is roughly one hour from Pittsburgh and is known for its incredible white water rafting and kayaking. Beyond that, there are stunning campsites, vast trails to hike, and fantastic local shops to check out!
3. Bear Run has options for RVs, cabins, and tent camping. It is located about an hour from Pittsburgh and has a lake, a pool, and other on-location activities to participate in!
Happy camping, yinz! Make sure you share your photos of Uncle Charley’s in the wild 🌲