Camp Tips: How To Make Spoon Bread In Camp
Spoon bread is an American southern dish that is easy to make and quite hearty.
It's all about the cooking
Spoon bread has been a traditional southern favorite food for generations, and for those who enjoy the tasty creation the knowledge of how to make spoon bread in camp can certainly add to the cuisine of any outdoor endeavor. To those unfamiliar with the dish, spoon bread is really more of a soft creation that is based in the use of cornmeal to make a dish that has the texture of a stiff pudding. Spoon bread can be made with other ingredients incorporated into to the recipe such as vegetables or cheese, or served on it's own and is excellent with stews or soups to make a richer and more hearty meal.
To make spoon bread in camp the basic ingredients are 1 cup of cornmeal, 1 cup of milk, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 or 3 tablespoons of butter, and about 2 cups of water. These ingredients are mixed thoroughly in a frying pan and are placed over low to medium heat and stirred very frequently for about 15 to 20 minutes. It is very important to stir the batter regularly, otherwise the cornmeal will dry and begin to burn on the pan's bottom. A good way to know when the spoon bread mixture is about finished is when they liquid in the pan has been absorbed into the cornmeal. When this occurs, take 2 eggs that have been beaten well and stir them into the contents of the frying pan.
The next step to make spoon bread in camp is to take the contents of the frying pan and place them into a well-greased baking pan. If a conventional baking pan is unavailable on your camping trip, a second frying pan can be used that has a lid or the pan can be covered tightly with aluminum foil. The pan can then be placed about 1 foot above the flame of a camp fire, or placed to the side of the camp fire and turned frequently (about every three to five minutes) to prevent burning. Spoon bread will usually cook in this manner for about 45 minutes to one hour before it is ready to serve. You'll know it is finished cooking when a knife can be inserted into the spoon bread and removed without batter sticking to the knife.
The spoon bread that has been made in camp can then be served as a side dish or placed on a plate and topped with stew, soup, butter or cheese. A good piece of advice is to clean your pans after making spoon quickly, as they can be quite difficult to clean after the spoon bread dries.