Not many of us have ovens when we go camping, so here’s a way to make teeny weeny ‘roasties’ that you can spice and season in a thousand different ways to accompany just about any camping meal.
Wash your potatoes and peel them if you must. Cut them into small dice. Boil for around five minutes, but keep an eye on them – you need them to hold their shape. Drain them and leave them to dry off a bit.
Put them back in the dry saucepan (no need to clean it). And now add your choice of flavourings. My favourite is lemon zest, a little stock powder and mixed herbs. Plus you’ll need just enough oil to give them a shiny coat. Mix them up but try not to break or mash them. Now heat up a little more oil in a frying pan and tip in your potatoes into a single layer. Fry (in batches if you have a lot) till golden and crispy.
Other flavourings to try:
- Sesame seeds
- Lemon thyme
- Truffle oil (well, who knows what you’ll find on your travels!)
…you can use just about anything else you have in your travelling pantry, but avoid anything too wet or you’ll end up boiling rather than frying.
If you do have electricity on-site, have a look at the options for electric camping stoves – hobs, microwaves and more. Perfect fare for cooking on your Cadac, Cobb or Lotus Grill, which are all great pieces of cooking kit.
Oh, and see what some clever camping cooks can do with pressure cookers, Remoskas and more to bake cakes and bread.