6 insanely good recipes that you didn’t know you could cook on a campsite

You may have spotted from the House of Coco insta feed that our Chief was recently on a trip in Ontario, Canada. Part of that trip involved two nights camping and what an experience that was. From watching the sunset to seeing stars clearer than ever before, we definitely learned a lot.

For our fellow adventurers you can now pimp out your humble campfires with lush recipes shared by youth travel expert Topdeck’s on the road chefs. These culinary whizzes use nothing but an open fire to cook up a storm of Tagine, Paprikash, Gozleme and other delicious traditional dishes from around the world. Below the chefs share their wanderlust inspired recipes for the first time – campers won’t believe these can be rustled up at a campsite.

Topdeck Cacciatore Chicken
Serves – 5
Cooking time – 1 hour

Ingredients Recipe
6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs1 cup of flour seasoned3 slices bacon, chopped

2 green bell pepper sliced

2 red bell pepper sliced

1 large onion, thinly sliced

3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

150g mushrooms, sliced

1 tsp dried basil

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp ground fennel seed

2/3 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

2 cans whole plum tomatoes

350 ml chicken stock

½ cup torn fresh basil leaves

½ cup torn fresh oregano leaves


To serve:

Grated parmesan for serving

Cooked pasta (550g) or soft polenta (1 ½ cups) for serving

Step 1: Dredge the chicken thighs in the seasoned flour and brown each side until goldenStep 2: Remove the thighs and set aside. Add bacon. Cook until almost crisp and then add peppers, onions, garlic, and mushrooms


Step 3: Stir in basil, oregano, fennel, red pepper flakes, sauté for 1 minute, add tomatoes and stock, simmer for 10 minutes


Step 4: Return the chicken thighs to the pot, skin side up, and simmer for 30 minutes or until cooked. Stir in the fresh basil and oregano


Step 5: Serve over pasta (optional)


Chicken and Apricot campsite tagine
Serves – 5
Cooking time – 1 hour

Chicken and Apricot campsite tagine


Ingredients Recipe
10 chicken drumsticks2 onion chopped1 ½ cup sliced dried apricot

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground coriander

1 ½ cup chicken stock

500 g tinned tomatoes


To serve:

Boiled potatoes 1kg


To garnish:

1 cup black pitted olives

½ cup parsley or coriander

Handful of green beans

Step 1: Brown the chicken in a large saucepanStep 2: Add the onion, apricot, ginger, coriander, stock and tomatoes


Step 3: Simmer for 30 minutes until the chicken is cooked and season


Step 4: Serve on potatoes (optional), green beans and garnish

Hungarian inspired Chicken Paprikash
Serves – 5
Cooking time – 1 hour

-Hungarian inspired Chicken Paprikash



Ingredients Recipe
1 ½ kg chicken, cubed2 tbsp paprika

250g tinned tomatoes

3 peppers cut into rings

2 onion

2 tbsp garlic

3 tbsp tomato puree

1 tbsp mixed herbs

1/2 litre beef stock


To Serve:

Boiled potatoes 1kg

Handful of green beans

Step 1: Brown the chicken before adding the onion and garlic and frying for 5 minutes 

Step 2: Add paprika, tomatoes, herbs, puree, stock, and simmer for 30 minutes


Step 3: Add the peppers and cook for 20 minutes before serving with potatoes and green beans

Middle Eastern Shakshuka
Serves – 5
Cooking time – 30 minutes

Middle Eastern Shakshuka


Ingredients Recipe
1 onion, peeled and diced1 1/2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 medium green or red bell pepper, chopped

4 cups of ripe diced tomatoes, or 2 tinned tomatoes diced

2 tbsp tomato paste

1 1/2 tsp chili powder (mild)

1 1/2 tsp cumin

1 1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper (or more to taste depending on spice preference)

1/2 tsp sugar (optional, to taste)

5 eggs

1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley

Step 1: Warm the olive oil in a large pan. Add onion, until begins to soften. Add garlic and continue to sauté for 1 minute. 

Step 2: Add pepper, sauté for 5-7 minutes until soft.


Step 3: Add tomatoes and tomato paste, spices and sugar, stir well, and allow mixture to reduce slightly, season to taste. Add more sugar for a sweeter sauce, or more cayenne pepper for spicier.


Step 4: Crack the eggs, one at a time, directly over the tomato mixture, making sure to space them evenly over the sauce.


Step 5: Cover the pan. Allow mixture to simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked and the sauce has slightly reduced.


Step 6: Serve and garnish with parsley.

Turkish Gozleme (spinach and feta crepes)
Serves – 5
Cooking time – 30 minutes
-Turkish Gozleme (spinach and feta crepes)


Ingredients Recipe
Makes:30 g melted butter (with more for frying)

150 g plain flour

325 ml milk

1 large egg

1 bag of baby spinach

½ an onion

1 tbsp garlic

1 pepper

1 block of feta

1 lemon


Optional additional: mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, bacon

Step 1: Whisk the flour, milk and egg then stir in the melted butter 

Step 2: Heat a shallow frying pan and melt in a small knob of butter. Ladle 2–3 tablespoons of batter into the pan and swirl so the batter covers the base of the pan.


Step 3: Cook for 1 minute then flip it and cook for 30 seconds to a minute on the other side, remove and serve.


Step 4: Fry onion and garlic and any additional optional ingredients.


Step 5: Stir in spinach, season and set aside.


Step 6: Heat crepe on one side, turn over, crumble on the feta and spread on the spinach mix, fold into triangle and serve with lemon wedges.


Swiss inspired Chocolate Fondue
Serves – 5
Cooking time – 30 minutes

Swiss inspired Chocolate Fondue


Ingredients Recipe
250g dark chocolate50 g unsalted butter

145 ml carton double cream

250 ml milk

1 bag marshmallows, for dipping

5 meringues halved

5 Bananas cut into chunks

4 Apples cut into chunks

Pineapple chunks

12 Strawberries, halved

1 packet of wafer biscuits

Step 1: Melt chocolate, butter, cream and milk into a pan 

Step 2: Thread marshmallows onto skewers and toast on a flame


Step 3: Serve with remaining ingredients


Travellers keen to get their taste buds around these amazing flavours whilst hitting the road with like minded adventurers can visit: topdeck.travel/destinations/Europe/camping for more information.  Topdeck’s epic European camping trips include a talented personal chef, campsite bars and ready-made mates to dance like nobody’s watching.



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