|Cooking Tips and Easy (but good) Dinner Ideas|
|Veal a la Marsala, Chicken Francese, Chinese Pepper Steak, Chicken Pot Pie and Beef Stew (using dutch oven) are all recipes made by Troop 267 Scouts on our Gourmet Cook-off. The recipe suggestions below are easy, but feel free to use yor own ideas.
"Small" cooks faster. Meatballs cook faster than hamburgers. Cut up chicken cooks faster than a whole chicken or even chicken parts. Cut up potatoes into very small pieces before boiling them to make mashed potatoes. Faster cooking means quicker eating and less firewood to get.
You can make meatballs or cut chicken cutlets into cubes at home, in advance, and freeze them. They will thaw out on Saturday and be ready to cook on Saturday night.
You can marinate meat or poultry in zip-lock bags in the refrigerator the day before the trip. The meat will taste good when you cook it.
Eggs need to be refrigerated. Bring them in a cooler, or... if you are making eggs for breakfast, or using them in pancakes or french toast, you can scramble them at home and freeze them in a plastic bag. It will thaw on Saturday and be ready to use Sunday morning. Be sure to double bab it incase the zip-lock breaks.
Don't forget that the recipe ideas below are only descriptions. You have to make shopping lists and be sure to have all the ingredients.
I have made a special list online - "Things Scouts Forget." Print it out and make sure you don't forget anything! Good luck.
Fried Chicken Cutlets
Coat skinless cutlets in seasoned bread crumbs and fry. Serve with pasta and marinara sauce. Eat this with a salad, fresh cooked vegetable and Italian bread. This is the easiest and is recommended for boys who have never cooked for a large group before.
Small meatballs, in brown gravy (not canned or jarred) over a bed of wide egg-noodles. Serve fresh peas and carrots that you cook or other vegetable and a salad. Serve with bread and a drink. This is also very easy.
Sweet and Sour Chicken
Skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes, in a sweet and sour sauce with pineapple chunks over a bed of white rice. Serve a fresh green vegetable that you cook, with some bread and a drink. Also an easy recipe, if you get a prepared sauce.
This is more expensive, but has been done successfully before. Place salmon steaks in a plastic bag with some marinade that you make at home. (Use Italian dressing, or soy sauce and brown sugar, or some other marinade.) Serve it with a fresh cooked vegetable and mashed potatoes and a salad.
The least expensive, but hardest to cook on an open fire, because it must be cooked all the way through. Chicken pieces are cooked on the grill. Baste with a sauce if you like. Serve this with garlic-mashed potatoes, a fresh cooked vegetable, salad and a drink.
For more experienced scouts who can cook on an open fire. Steaks are seasoned and grilled until done. Serve with sauteed onions, mashed or baked potatoes, a fresh cooked vegetable, salad and drink.
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