Camping stew with a difference.
Even in the summer, a day of camping in the rain can do an excellent job at dampening the spirits, as well as your entire camping wardrobe. There are very few things that can turn a day like that around, aside from a hearty camping stew. A good old ‘throw everything in’ type stew is exactly what’s called for to warm up your hungry grumpy family from the inside.
But during those balmy summer evenings at camp when all I want to do is eat like I’m in the mediterranean, I find myself reaching for tomato-based camping recipes that are full of fresh herbs vegetables. Another tomato pasta recipe?! No, fear not happy campers. Many years of camp cooking has taught me better than to serve up another pasta dish!
Instead I like to pull out this delicious alternative to the traditional camping stew. Full to the brim with fresh flavours and healthy ingredients, and topped off with a little bit of cheesy naughtiness to make sure you get that stew-like satisfaction: halloumi – my camp cooking ingredient of the moment.
This vegetarian camping recipe is certainly not one reserved for the non-meat eaters out there. As a meat eater myself I’m a huge fan of vegetarian food when camping. It’s cheaper than meat-filled feasts. It’s much easier to store the ingredients on longer camping trips. And more to the point it’s just plain delicious!
Grilled halloumi and pepper stew should ideally be cooked on a charcoal bbq or a mature campfire. Grilling the halloumi and peppers over charcoal creates a subtle smokiness that adds a warming depth to this summer camping stew that complements the freshness of the lemon juice and herbs wonderfully.
Be warned, this isn’t a quick meal. This is one that requires all who will be eating it to sit around the grill diligently attending to the meal whilst sipping on a cool ale or chilled white wine. Ah, I love summertime!
Grilled Halloumi and Pepper Stew
A super summery camping stew that is as fresh as it is warming.
(or two if you’re feeling hungry!)
- 2 red peppers cut into strips
- 1 yellow pepper cut into strips
- 250g pack of halloumi sliced
- 3 or 4 tomatoes chopped into quarters
- 1 tin tomatoes
- Juice of ½ a lemon
- 1 tbs smoked paprika
- ½ tsp chilli flakes
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- Pinch of salt to taste
- 1 handful of fresh mint, chopped
- 1 handful of fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 handful of fresh basil, chopped
- Place the halloumi and peppers on the grill of a mature campfire or BBQ and leave them to slowly brown and chargrill.
- Meanwhile, mix the chopped and tinned tomatoes, lemon juice, smoked paprika, chilli flakes, salt and pepper in a pot and set aside.
- Once the halloumi has browned and the peppers are slightly charred on one side, turn them over to cook on the other side.
- Place the pot of tomato mixture onto the grill to slowly heat up whilst the halloumi and peppers continue cooking. Alternatively, if there is no space on the grill this can be done on a camping stove.
- Once the halloumi and peppers and nicely browned and charred, remove them from the grill and gently stir them into the pot continuing to heat if needed.
- Finally, take the pot off the heat and stir in the herbs.
- Serve with a chunk of sourdough bread, and a green salad if you’re feeling super summery!
Note: Halloumi has the tendency to disappear between between the bars of cooking grids, so you’ll need to be careful when placing and turning it. It does much better on a grill with vertical and horizontal bars like the one in the pictures, the Primus Kamoto.
So if you’re in need of that camping stew satisfaction minus the heavy, wintery feel, then give this refreshing and super simple alternative a go. I don’t think vegetarian camping food can really go wrong if it’s got halloumi in it! Love it!