This one is a show-stopper. Smoky roasted pumpkin becomes a serving dish for fondue with a spicy mushroom cap. Don’t fear the char that will inevitably coat the exterior of the pumpkin but do keep an eye on it while it roasts so that the char doesn’t go beyond the skin. You can roast the pumpkin completely in the cast iron pot but it will take quite a bit longer. Bring along the cheese already grated to save yourself from doing that work on the campsite.
Pizza over the fire is a thrill. An intensely bronze crust, scented with smoke somehow makes pizza even more exhilarating. Prepare your pizza dough at home then keep in your cooler until your ready to cook. Didn’t bring a rolling pin to the campsite? Use a wine bottle or simply press into a round and gingerly stretch the elastic dough with your hands. The beauty of fire cooking is the rustic look and feel of it all.
The deeply caramelized, nearly charred warm mushrooms soften the bitter leaves under their heat. This simple salad comes together quickly particularly if you’ve taken the time to prepare the vinaigrette back at home. If not, it’s easily done in the woods with the help of a knife and cutting board or simply dress with olive oil and a splash of sherry vinegar.