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Cook Some Naan On Those Cast-Iron Skillets!
A couple years ago, we took a family camping trip to Yellowstone National Park. While camping in the Madison Campground, we decided to do most of our cooking over the campfire. We didn’t have any hookups for our camper, so my little galley kitchen wasn’t working at full capacity.
This didn’t bother me, because it was quite warm and sunny while we were there. Naturally, I wanted to be outside with everyone else. In order to crank out family-friendly meals after touring through the park each day, we relied on the campsite picnic table, the fire ring, and our wonderful cast-iron skillets. The picnic table was dressed with a basic plastic tablecloth and acted as a makeshift kitchen counter for slicing and prepping vegetables. The skillets were priceless for cranking out dinner. The pans are tough and can handle the heat of the open flame!
During our stay at Madison, I decided to live on the edge by serving campfire-cooked naan. (Naan is an authentic Indian flatbread.) I had never done this before but it seemed like a viable option. I had carted along a package of authentic naan that I regularly purchased at Costco and I suspected that the heat from the campfire would make the naan puff accordingly. Yes, the naan puffed beautifully and had a wonderful smoky flavor. I served the naan with some coriander chutney and some butter chicken that I had made in advance at home.
Overall, it was a deliciously simple ethnic meal that came together in a flash over an open campfire! So, if you are heading out on a family camping trip, seriously consider the value of a cast-iron skillet. Yes, they can be heavy, but they are tough versatile tools for family-friendly campground cookery!
Photo by Melissa A. Trainer
–Melissa A. Trainer