Camp Cooking – Basic Steak & Potatoes

I love grilling! It’ll be 10 degrees out and I’ll still be out in the back yard tossing steaks around or putting some chicken on the grates.

I call it a trial run before we hit the campsite. I want to master f’ing up our food before we get out in the sticks, nowhere near a 24hr grocery store. Then, when we’re camping, I can do my best work and everyone leave full and happy.

Speaking of the grocery store, don’t shop when you’re hungry! I ended up with 4-5 nights of meals just trying to decide what I wanted to feed the family for one night! Pro tip!

Steak and Potatoes

So, I’m not one to write a recipe. I wouldn’t know where to begin, so I’ll lay it out how I did things. And while we’re not camping, this can still apply as a camp meal.

First, I prepped the grill by firing it up on high for about 10-15min. While the grill is heating up I started on the potatoes.

In a 9”x13” disposable cake pan, I put in a small bag of quartered red potatoes. Some of the potatoes needed to be cut smaller, so next time I may use a bag of baby reds. Dump the cut potatoes in the pan.

At this point I also sliced half of a sweet yellow onion and mixed it in with the potatoes. I also seasoned everything with fresh ground pepper and sea salt. I also drizzled some olive oil over the mixture, enough to put a light coating on everything. Then finally a light drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

Once I was done with the potatoes, I covered them with foil, poked a couple holes in the foil with a fork and set the pan over the flame on high heat. I let them get about a 30min head start on the steaks, while turning the potatoes every few minutes so they don’t burn.

Preparing the steaks has been made easy with Krogers’ premade steak seasoning. You can season your steaks how you prefer, but I’ve grown to love the premade stuff.

On both sides, sprinkle the seasoning to give the steaks a good coating. You don’t have to go too heavy with it. Then add a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce to both sides.

I like my steak still mooing, so I cook them for about 5min on each side. We got sirloin this time, since they were cheap, and they are cut thin, so I did about 4min on each side on high heat.

By the time I put the steaks on, the potatoes were almost ready, so I reduced the heat to low on that side of the grill.

Since Teresa likes her steak well done, I let hers cook for a couple of minutes longer on each side.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get photos of the finished product, but everyone loved it. The total time to prep and cook was about 45min. Cook times may need to be adjusted for the type of grill you have, so you may need to experiment.

Okay, I think that’s all, and I hope you enjoyed this trial run of my cooking post. It’s late February, so it was done at home and not the campground, but hopefully, I can have some future posts done while camping. And if you have links to a favorite recipe on the camp grill, leave it in the comments so I can give it a try!

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