Camping in late Autumn has a special quality. The leaves are vibrant colors, popular destinations are less crowded and the crisp air is heavenly. The downside is the occasional below freezing temps.
With Halloween coming up this weekend, now is the perfect time to try out a 'haunted' campground but how to keep warm in the great, cold, outdoors? Hot meals eaten next to a toasty campfire are a great start! For Halloween, try this Eyeball Stew!
- 6 cups vegetable broth
- 3 potatoes, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 2 stalks celery
- 1.5 cups frozen peas
- 1 tsp chili powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- prepared, frozen or fresh 'eyeballs' (recipe follows)
Bring broth to boil over med high heat, or coals.
Add vegetables and seasonings, cook until potatoes are tender.
Add 'eyeballs' and cook another 20 minutes for fresh, 30 minutes if they are frozen.
- 2 lb ground meat (turkey, beef, pork, etc.)
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs (made from GF bread for Gluten allergies)*
- 2 tbs Italian seasoning
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
- 1 egg
- green olives with pimentos (or black olives that you stuff with pimentos yourself)
Mix crumbs, seasoning, Parmesan and egg in large bowl. Add meat, mix until combined.
Shape meatballs around olives, leaving the pimento showing for the eye. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35 minutes. Let cool and package to keep in fridge or freeze.
*For those with gluten allergies, you can either make your own crumbs by drying out and grumbling GF bread OR try using 1/2 cup cooked rice or GF oats.