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Camping Cucina: Grilled Shrimp with Rosemary, Lemon, and Garlic


August 24, 2012

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What I’m about to say might shock you. Are you ready? Are you sure? Perhaps you might like to sit down. Here goes:

I am not much of a wilderness woman.

Shocking, right? And yet the truth remains,  I like nothing better than eight (okay 10) hours of sleep per night, my hot running shower, and my gourmet cuisine. I sometimes wish I was one of those women who genuinely loved to climb a mountain. Who was thrilled to ride the bull down white water rapids. Who thought bug spray was simply for the weak and the meager. But alas…I am not.

Not a soul in sight…but many a shooting star to keep us company.

And so rather than spend time beating myself up about it (so last year), I’ve decided to embrace my version of camping. Thinking PBR meets Prosecco. Bratwursts meets Bellinis. Hot Dogs meet Holy Hell Delicious.

A few weekends ago we went camping with our friends CJ and Nadia, their three dogs, and our crew. And it was fun. So much fun. And I’m not even pretending lying. We hung from hammocks over the river, we lounged and we lazed, and we ate. Oh did we eat.

Georgia Mae…one of the funniest dogs I know. She was perfectly content to be floating around in the river..on her raft!

The trick is to be smart about delicious, simple foods that require minimal on site preparation. Couple that with some prep work ahead of time and you can eat like a king in the middle of no where.

To give you some ideas, here’s the menu I put together…

Friday Dinner: Grilled Shrimp Packets with Rosemary and Garlic, served with Grilled Baguettes and Rhubarb Cocktails.

Saturday Morning: Bagels with Lox, Cream Cheese, Heirloom Tomatoes, Red Onions, Capers, and Lemon Wedges

Saturday Lunch: Mozzarella, Basil, Tomato Paninis

Saturday Dinner: Chicken Fajitas with Pinto Beans, Fresh Sliced Avocado, Pico de Gallo, and Peach Gin Fizz Cocktails.

Sunday Morning; Breakfast sausage, bacon, fireside biscuits, and hard-boiled eggs.

The shrimp was honestly one of the easiest items on the menu, and one of the most popular.

What’s your favorite food to make when camping?

Grilled Shrimp Packets with Rosemary, Lemon, and Garlic

Grilled Shrimp Packets with Rosemary, Lemon, and Garlic…magnifique!

1/2 lb jumbo, raw shrimp, de-shelled and tail on (Costco sells them very reasonably)

1 lemon, sliced in advance

1 large stalk of rosemary, chopped into 3″ sections in advance

4 cloves garlic, smashed on site

Olive Oil

In tin foil lay the shrimp, lemon, rosemary, and garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and tightly seal up. If cooking on a cook stove or hibachi, grill directly, until shrimp is just cooked through, about 5 minutes.

Thanks to the foil these can also be cooked directly in the fire.

Serve with Rhubarb Cocktails, grilled baguettes, and one giant open sky.


  1. LOL, yeah Erina my idea of camping used to be (well, is) the Four Seasons. There is something about being outdoors in the fresh air…not that I’ve done if for years though. Such a fun post, and nice menus! You ate well! Love to do things in packets.

  2. Erina says:

    Thanks Sally…don’t tempt me with the Four Seasons. I might become a failed camper yet! There is nothing better though than falling asleep under a giant sky. Good for the mind, body, and soul if you ask me.

  3. franticfoodie says:

    I am not sure what I want more after this post 10 hours of sleep… (for real?) or to camp out with some girlies. Nice post

    • Erina says:

      I think the two could be part of the same weekend! Perhaps this is a Foodportunity 2013…Food Bloggers go camping? Could be dangerous.

      And awesome.

  4. Confession: I have never been camping. Living in the PNW makes me want to go though. That is one awesome camping menu!

    And a Food Blogger camping trip would by freaking hysterical!

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  6. Allison says:

    I like your style of camping! (The last time I went camping, we brought a cast iron pan to make fried eggs and to toast up some tortillas to eat with them… I also like wrapping corn cobs and sweet potatoes in tin foil and tossing them near the fire/coals of the grill.)

  7. Ann Mah says:

    Oh, I love camping, but my husband detests it. Maybe I can tempt him to go by showing him your menu 😉

  8. Christine says:

    Nice menu! Sounds like you had a great time eating (er, camping) 😛 Looks like a beautiful area too!

  9. Eileen says:

    Cooking while camping is tough! We actually tend to fall back on a mix of scratch and prepared food–packets of black beans and rice, cans of soup doctored with a little onion, oatmeal, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Needless to say, your recipes are looking really great! I love the idea of that shrimp after a long hike.

    • Thanks Eileen! Admittedly we were able to drive into the wildnerness in the middle of no where so I wasn’lt limited by what I could carry.

      And I basically always want grilled cheese….always.

  10. Wow! What a tasty looking food. I am really glad that you shared this. Thanks!

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