We’re totally in love with cooking over the fire. Yes, we have a Weber, and we love using that too (particularly when fires are not permitted), but there’s something amazing about cooking over a fire.
One of our really common sides is camp oven vegetables, and it really doesn’t get much easier to cook them than this. We’ll do this if we are cooking some meat on the Weber, or the Camp Braai, or Sarah’s doing something on the stove as a simple, easy and healthy side.
Pumpkin, Potato, Sweet Potato, Carrot, Beetroot, and basically any vegetable you like roasted.
Simply peel your vegetables and cut them into chunks no larger than about 5cm x 5cm. Put them into a bowl and drizzle some oil over the top, and then add thyme and garlic granules. Mix them all together as well as possible, and then drop them into a camp oven with the trivet in the bottom.
Put it next to a fire with some coals on the bottom, and a decent shovel full on top. The key is to hear the bubbling and sizzling lightly after about 20 minutes, and to maintain this. Check it often, but these generally cook within 40 – 60 minutes and you have a perfect side, cooked with minimal effort, and loved by all.
We often open it mid way and flip the vegetables around a bit, but you don’t have to do this.
If you get the temperatures just right, you’ll even end up with brown, crispy edges!