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Campfire Feasting with Hobos and Fire-Roasted Bananas

I know I’ve said it before, but I absolutely love evenings spent around the campfire with friends or family. This Monday our cooking group chose Campfire Food as our theme and it was so much fun!

Jenny, our resident ex-camp counselor, decided that we should do Hobos. So we passed around great shiny sheets of aluminum foil, folded them into envelopes and filled them with all sorts of splendid things.

I brought onions and bell peppers in a marinade of soy sauce, sesame oil and fresh ginger and Jenny showed us the “proper” way to add raw potato to a hobo: bite off small chunks and spit it into the bag. Apparently at her camp they weren’t allowed to have knives and their incisors did the trick nicely. ๐Ÿ™‚

We also had fresh green and purple beans, Kielbasa, salmon, and spicy sausages.

Everyone fixed their own hobo and due to our unconventional potato adding method, folks kept a beady eye on their packet so as not to get it mixed up with anyone else’s. ๐Ÿ™‚

While the packets cooked on the grill, we clustered round the fire and bit into juicy, flame-roasted corn on the cob. Oh my! So sweet and smoky it didn’t even need butter. Mmm, mmm!

By the time dinner was over night had fallen and the stars were out. We pulled on cardigans and sweatshirts, refilled our wine glasses, and edged our chairs closer to the fire. Jon pulled out his guitar and we took turns joining in on the songs we knew.

We roasted marshmallows for s’mores made decadent with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and dark chocolate with cherries and almonds. Then Selwyn showed us how to make our second dessert: fire-roasted bananas stuffed with chocolate, toffee, mini-marshmallows and pecans. Oh. My. Word. Twas pure campfire bliss.

Do you like camp food? What is your favorite meal?



meat – chicken, salmon, kielbasa, beef, sausage, etc
vegetables – potatoes, peppers, onion, green beans, corn, etc
sauce – Asian, Italian dressing, pesto, etc
Aluminum foil
Roaring fire


  1. Using two sheets of aluminum foil, make an envelope and fold the edges to seal.
  2. Add your choice of meat, vegetables and sauce. Fold to seal.
  3. Place on grate above fire or directly in the coals.
  4. Cook 15-30 minutes. Test potatoes for doneness. Eat hot.

Fire-Roasted Bananas


Toppings – chopped nuts, mini chocolate chips, toffee bits, mini marshmallows, raisins, coconut, etc
Aluminum foil
Roaring fire


  1. Peel back one strip of banana peel, but do not remove.
  2. Cut a trench down exposed portion of banana. Fill with toppings of choice.
  3. Replace banana skin over filling and wrap tightly with aluminum foil.
  4. Toss into hot coals and cook for ten minutes, turning halfway through. Eat hot.
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Krista - ย They sure are, Ashley! ๐Ÿ™‚ SO good ๐Ÿ™‚

ashley - They are really good. my family makes themย sometimes whenย we go out to our cabin. I’m only 12, so i’ve only had them once, but they were SCRUMDIDILY-ISHIOUS!!

Chaya - Hi, Your description is pure bliss. I want to be there with you guys and gals. The food is great but I take bets, the company is much better.

You do have a way with words, food and photos.

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Anna Johnston - Such fun. I did a stint in the US at a summer camp & had the best time…., in fact it still ranks as one of the most fun things I’ve ever done (& I’ve travelled heaps) & while there we did lots of camp outs and campfire feasting where I had (& I’m ashamed to say…. had totally forgotten… about Hobos.
Thanks for the memory & I too have a sudden desire to go camping.

Mary - It all looks glorious, and everything tastes better cooked in the open air. Your description of ‘cutting’ the potatoes and everyone keeping their eyes on their own package is hilarious!

Faith - I don’t know what I want to try more — the hobos or the roasted bananas! (I’ve never had either of them.) I have a sudden urge to go camping! ๐Ÿ™‚

RamblingTart - It was splendid, Tracy. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just what I needed after being cooped up sick for so long. I loved it! ๐Ÿ™‚

RamblingTart - They really are, Duchess. ๐Ÿ™‚ Absolutely rocked my world!

RamblingTart - It is delicious, Elra!! So caramelly and comforting. ๐Ÿ™‚

Tracy - Sounds like a lovely way to spend the evening.

Emily - How have I never heard of fire roasted bananas before?!? That looks so delicious! I’m definitely going to make some of those. Yum!

Duchess - Oh dear lord those bananas look like a slice of heaven!

elra - Fire roasted banana, this is new to me and sounds really wonderful. Sound try that next time I go camping.

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