It’s camping season again and if the hot dogs and s’mores are leaving you with a yearning for diversity you may be ready to try some roasted vegetables.

  • Begin by picking out your vegetables – at your local farmer’s market if you have one. In-season, fresh vegetables will always yield the most flavor.
  • Zucchinis, mushrooms, bell peppers, corn, potatoes and red onions are some examples. If your favorite vegetables are not in-season, fresh-frozen are your next best-bet for flavor.
  • Wash all your vegetables and dry them thoroughly. As you cut them you will get the best results if the vegetables are approximately equal size. Different shapes create different textures which affects the flavor so don’t hesitate to experiment.
  • Lightly toss the vegetables with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Almost all of us have our own seasoning preferences so this is the time to add them as well.
  • Place all of your cut, seasoned vegetables into an aluminum tin and cover with foil. You will get the best results if you use 2 aluminum tins in a double-layer so that they are durable enough to place on smoking embers.
  • All of this food prep can be done at your campsite or at home and carried with you.  The vegetables marinate in the seasonings while they await the extra flavors that come from campfire roasting.
  • Include wood-flavored chips, if you are using them, just before placing the vegetables on the embers, since the smoky flavor will be at its most intense when it is first exposed to the heat. Be sure the chips are saturated, but not dripping.
  • Deliciously roasted vegetables will be done in about 25 minutes. Approximately half-way through the cooking time, open them and stir them around to prevent any burning.

We promise not to tell your children that you snuck some of the healthy vegetables that they don’t “like” in this delicious dish.  Campfire cooking is a great way to enjoy traditional barbecue meals as well as experimenting with new ones.

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