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Who says TV dinners are just for the indoors?

Sep 6, 2018 10:28:05 AM / by DISH Outdoors posted in DISH Outdoors, Outdoor Entertainment

This family of 6 decided that life on the road was the right life for them. They wanted a life of adventure with their kids, but they didn't want to give up all of their favorite things like watching TV shows and movies together. They combine family dinners of spider dogs and banana boats with movie nights using their DISH Outdoor TV and the King Tailgater Pro Satellite Antenna. When it's just the parents, you can also check out RV shows and more about living life in the great outdoors on Great American Country!

With a meal over the fire that your family will love and your outdoor tv and DISH in place, the outdoors are now an extension of your living room. And who says TV “dinners” are just for the evenings or just for indoors? We wanted to bring you more than just your average “TV Dinner”. Celebrate #NationalTVDinnerDay with these amazing campfire recipes


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Living life in your home away from home can be relaxing and cozy, but when it comes time for the dreaded question “What’s for dinner?” your quaint humble abode could tend to feel a bit too small. Which is where these easy recipes you can make right over the campfire come in!



Ready to bake Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls

Who doesn’t looove Cinnamon rolls? They’re quick and easy when using the store bought cans (just unravel, place in a foil pie plate and place over the fire), but for those who are feeling a bit more ambitious, this is a quick homemade recipe you can whip up before head out for the weekend!

What you need:

  • Biscuit mix
  • Milk
  • Salted butter
  • Pure cane sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla extract
  • Almond extract

Simply follow the directions given on Adventures of Mel, store in your refrigerator or cooler until you’re ready to wake up and bake them over the fire!



Breakfast Burritos


Depending on what your schedule is like, Breakfast burritos can be prepped before hitting the road, or you can make everything in this 1 bowl & skillet recipe while your enjoying the calmness of the outdoors in the morning.

What you’ll need:

  • Tortillas (corn or flour)
  • Eggs
  • Shredded cheese
  • Bacon Bits
  • Peppers


How to cook ‘em:

  1. Preheat your skillet over the camp fire
  2. Crack as many eggs as you’d like into a mixing bowl then mix well
  3. Add in the peppers, bacon bits, and a little bit of shredded cheese and mix again
  4. Pour all of the mixture into the skillet and cook until done
  5. Remove the skillet from fire
  6. Set out as many tortillas as you’ll need – lay flat on individual squares of tin foil
  7. Scoop 1 serving of egg scramble onto each of the tortillas
  8. Add any additional toppings
  9. Roll up each burrito then wrap burrito into the tin foil

Once everything is wrapped up, place the burritos on the grate over the fire, let warm for 10(ish) minutes, and enjoy!



Omelet in a Bag


Okay, we know this sounds a little bit…different, but different in the BEST way! Prepping omelets has never been so easy and the best part is that the prep doesn’t require any cooking!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 eggs per serving
  • 1 Zip ‘n Steam baggie (any brand will do, but make sure they will be able to withstand the high temps of boiling water!)
  • A permanent marker


Optional Add-ins:

  • Ham
  • Bacon
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Onions

The night before you head out, gather the family and have them write their names on their bag, crack two eggs into each of the bags and have them add their own toppings! It’s quick, clean, easy, and as put by Megan Kapple on Homemade Ginger, everyone gets to customize their own omelets so no one can blame you if they don’t like it!

Whenever ready for your fresh made omelet simply fill a large pot with water and place it on the rack over the campfire. Once it’s boiling take the bags out of the fridge or cooler and put them in the boiling water for 12-15 minutes (on the longer side if you made a larger omelet). When they’re done, carefully take them off the fire, open each bag and slide your omelet onto a plate and enjoy!



Lunches & Dinners

Campfire Quesadilla

Campfire Quesadilla

Quesadillas may not be one of the first campfire meals you think of, but these are so quick and easy, it’s a no brainer!

What you’ll need:

  • Tinfoil
  • 1 medium sized tortilla per serving
  • Shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • Pre-cooked seasoned chicken
  • Salsa con queso
  • 1 can of black beans (rinsed and drained well)


How to Cook ‘em:

First place the cheese on ½ of the tortillas then add the chicken, black beans, and salsa con queso on the same half.

Second, fold over the tortilla so that the ingredients are tucked inside then wrap tinfoil around it leaving the ends open, then place on grate over fire.

Continue to cook over fire until cheese is fully melted and the tortilla is a little crispy.

Break out the guacamole and sour cream and enjoy!



Hot Ham & Pineapple Sandwiches


Ham sandwiches are always a great on-the-go meal, but adding some Dijon and pineapple in addition the aroma of the campfire.. that’s tough to beat.

What you’ll need:

  • A pack of your favorite rolls
  • A pack of deli sliced ham
  • 1-2 cans of pineapple rings
  • A pack of sliced cheddar cheese
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Honey


We really think that honey is going to go perfectly with the sweetness of the pineapple and the deli ham! Check out the recipe on Dessert Now Dinner Later!


English Muffin Pizzas

English Muffin Pizza

If you have a larger grate over the campfire, you could really make any size pizza you’d like, but we love the idea of mini pizzas using English muffins because then everyone can create a pizza they’ll love!

What You’ll Need:

  • Tinfoil
  • English Muffins
  • A jar of Pizza Sauce
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Your family’ favorite toppings!


First cut the English muffins in half and then spread the pizza sauce on each

Next sprinkle cheese lightly on each then add the toppings you love

Finish off with more cheese to hold those toppings tight

Then place each of the pizzas on tinfoil on the grate over the fire and cook until the “crust” is crispy and the cheese is melted.


Hot dogs, in a blanket, on a STICK!

pigs in a blanket

Everything is easier and more fun to eat when it comes on a stick! Easy to cook, eat, dip, dunk, and clean all because of one little skewer.

What you’ll need:

  • Hot dogs
  • Crescent rolls (still in the can)
  • Tinfoil
  • Long skewers

You can find this recipe and the step-by-step instructions at Frugal Coupon Living!


And the classic….Hobo Dinner

hobo dinner

Hobo dinners have been the go-to dinners while camping for years, so of course we had to include one! Check out this step-by-step recipe we found on Busy Creating Memories!

What You’ll Need:

  • Famous Dave’s burger and steak seasoning
  • Ground beef
  • Beef Sausage
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Jalapenos
  • Whole Kernnel Corn
  • Garlic Pepper
  • And of course…Tinfoil




Campfire Cones


S’mores are always the go-to campfire dessert, but let’s face it.. they’re messy! Check out Hip2Save’s take on their Campfire Cone which also includes the option to add fruit!

What You’ll Need:

  • Waffle Cones with closed ends
  • Marshmallows of any size
  • Your favorite chocolate
  • Raspberries, Bananas, Strawberries, or anything else you love!
  • Tinfoil 


Blackberry Campfire Cobbler


At first Blueberry Cobbler may seem a little intimidating, especially trying to imagine doing it while your camping, but rest assured, it’s even better when cooked over a campfire! Not to mention this recipe from Midlife Healthy Living is just THREE ingredients! Just add ice cream and your outdoor TV and you’ll be livin’ the life.

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cans of Pie Filling
  • 1 can of Canada Dry Blackberry Ginger Ale
  • 1 White Cake Mix
  • Firesafe Dutch Oven 


Campfire Donuts


While donuts are commonly thought of a breakfast item, this 10 minute donut recipe is perfect for your after dinner sweet tooth! This recipe from Must Have Mom is so quick and easy, you’ll wonder why you haven’t done it before.

What You’ll Need:

  • Cast iron pan
  • Vegetable oil
  • Biscuit dough
  • Cinnamon sugar

Pick your favorites, grab your comfiest blanket, and cozy up next to your TV in your extended living room (the great outdoors) to celebrate #NationalTVdinnerDay this weekend.  For other great camping recipes and more, give our DISH Outdoors Pinterest page a follow to keep up with what we find!

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