Easy Camping lunch recipe – Campfire Quesadilla Calzone

With the launch of our book imminent, here’s another easy camping recipe from our ‘In the Country’ section.

From Family Camping Cookbook by Tiff & Jim Easton © Commissioned Photography by Ed Easton / Duncan Baird Publishers

Campfire Quesadilla Calzone

This isn’t a pizza, but it’s a very good camping alternative. Our kids love this filling, but you can experiment with other fillings, such as salami, rocket and grated cheese.

makes: 8

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: about 30 minutes

 

125g/4½ oz/½ cup tomato purée

 4 tbsp olive oil

 2 garlic cloves, crushed

 8 large soft flour tortillas

 250g/9oz cooked ham, finely sliced

 500g/1lb 2oz mozzarella cheese, drained and sliced

 120g/4¼oz/1 cup pitted black olives, halved

 1 chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

 salt and pepper

 

1 Heat a large frying pan over a medium heat. Put the tomato purée, oil and garlic in a bowl. Mix well, adding water 1 tablespoon at a time, until the mixture is smooth enough to spread. Season with salt and pepper.

2 Put 1 tortilla in the pan and spread 1 tablespoon of the tomato mixture over the top. Sprinkle one-eighth of the ham, mozzarella, olives and chilli over half of the tortilla. Try to sprinkle the cheese around the edge of the tortilla – it will help the quesadilla hold together when you flip it. Using a spatula, fold the tortilla in half to enclose the filling, pressing down the edges to seal.

3 Cook for about 1–2 minutes, then flip the quesadilla over and cook for another 2 minutes until the cheese has melted and the tortilla is beginning to crisp. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make 8 quesadillas. Serve hot.

Easy Camping Recipes from New Zealand 3

Campfire Chilli con carne

Chilli cooked over an open fire is very special, as you can really trap the smokey smell with clever positioning of the pan lid, as it simmers. Our cheat ingredient is chorizo – or failing that, smoked paprika, and it’s delicious with a simple guacamole-yogurt mixture.  (We just mash avocado with lemon, garlic and yoghurt).  Serve in a crispy tortilla, like this one, or just spooned over tortilla chips.  Perfect outdoor cooking for bulk feeding!

We’ve got the full recipe for this one in our Family Camping Cookbook – click on the link!