Camping food is best when it’s kept simple, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. The CHOW Test Kitchen has developed a few recipes that’ll give your camp food some flair but are still really easy—start them at home and finish them over the campfire. There’s a versatile blue cheese butter you can throw on grilled steaks and coal-roasted potatoes, a riff on s’mores using homemade chocolate graham crackers, and a mix-ahead cornmeal pancake batter that you can toss in the cooler and use in the morning to pour over sausages in a cast-iron pan for a take on “toad in the hole.” And just for fun, we’ve thrown in a canteen-sized cocktail that uses pine liqueur to really incorporate a taste of the outdoors.

Campfire Breakfast Toad in the HoleCampfire Breakfast Toad in the Hole

Blue Cheese and Chive Compound ButterBlue Cheese and Chive Compound Butter

Pine Cone PunchPine Cone Punch

Homemade Chocolate Graham Cracker S'moresHomemade Chocolate Graham Cracker S’mores

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