Tips for Grilling in the Great Outdoors

Campfire Grilling

Tips for Grilling in the Great Outdoors

Early on in life, I learned that if one is going to explore the great outdoors, one must bring along a cast iron skillet.   Not only does the skillet sizzle & season your food with the best flavors, it can handle the heat of the campfire. I find it to be a reliable, resourceful, easy-to-clean grilling tool that can make dozens and dozens of incredible, smoky meals.

campfire grilling walleye

On our most recent trip, we were able to grill the freshwater catch-of-the-day, which happened to be a large, meaty walleye.  After cleaning the fish, the prep is quite simple: salt, pepper, and/or any Penzey’s seasoning with a few splashes of lemon grape seed oil.  The oil is critical as it adds a rich fresh flavor to the food and helps keep the cast iron skillet well-seasoned.

campfire grilling salad

An easy, awesome side for your grilled fish is a campfire salad!  This isn’t just a way to keep the calorie count down – this is a work of art – and you are going to want to have your salad prepared this way over and over again.

campfire grilling mushrooms

To create your campfire salad, sauté some mushrooms in Garlic Basil Butter from Nordic Creamery.  Also, make sure to put the Tosa Farmer’s Market on your checklist pre-trip so you can visit Mushroom Mike – his assorted mushrooms are the best.   Regular Bella mushrooms work great, too.

campfire grilling fish and shrooms

After you’ve got your mushrooms sautéed, toss in leafy kale, spinach, lettuce, arugula, etc., and grill it as a bunch over the fire. This will add some irresistible smokiness. Use basic seasoning like salt, pepper, the olive oil of your choice, and then plate.

Caprese Grilled Cheese

Another fun recipe for your cast iron skillet (or pudgy pie maker) is a Caprese Grilled Cheese.  Butter-up some Italian bread and load it with mozarella, tomato, and basil.  Once crusted to perfection, top it off with balsamic vinegar and add another layer of fresh herbs, tomatoes, and parm cheese.  This has an unbeatable gooey crunch.

campfire grilling smores

If you’ve got a late night snack craving, try using a stove top popcorn popper to make some of super tasty popcorn from the Elegant Farmer or get a little creative by adding chocolate butter toffee or dark chocolate with sea salt from Indulgence Chocolatiers to your S’more – it is insanely delicious.

tall guy camp site

Every summer, Mrs. Tall Guy and I do our best to get away to camp, cook, and spend time in nature (even if it’s only to our back yard) – and I encourage you to do the same. Count the stars.  Grill over the campfire. Take the road less traveled. Trust me, it makes all the difference. Hope you enjoyed these Tips for Grilling in the Great Outdoors!

Tall Guy owner dan nowak

I’m the owner of Tall Guy. A 2016 AList Finalist for the Best Wedding Caterer. Our passion for great food inspires us to create exceptional dishes using the highest quality and locally sourced ingredients. Contact us today to service your event!