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I agree with Chad that having the folks going give their input, however, I think in the OP’s situation, there are 15 people camping and most have had electrical appliances, etc., to prepare their foods and only a few are familiar with cooking on a fire and/or a campstove. Best homemade meatballs for spaghetti In addition, those campstoves really don’t do well with large pots (which you need for feeding 15 people) – so you have to work that into the process.

For those reasons, I think giving the group suggestions on meals that can work and then letting them throw out some variations, etc., is a better way to go. How long to bake homemade meatballs Otherwise you spend all your time explaining why lasagna isn’t going to work…

Maybe on the left coast.


Homemade italian meatballs in oven Over here, particularly in the northeast, Tri-tip – when you can find it – is prohibitively expensive. Quick homemade meatballs My butcher occasionally has a “special” price of $8.99/lb, but it’s usually $11.99. Best way to cook homemade meatballs If I’m doing beef, it’ll be chuck roast or brisket.

But, back to the OP’s situation & question: the reality is that there are many options, but the secret to making them successful is preparation. How to cook homemade meatballs in the oven As much as possible, measure and prep ingredients ahead of the trip. How to bake homemade meatballs As an example, for scout trips, we’d usually prepare 5 or 6 desserts. Make homemade spaghetti meatballs A week ahead, I’d measure out all the dry ingredients into zip-top bags or plastic containers, clearly labeled with all of the stuff for a particular item in a larger zip-top bag or small box. How long to cook homemade meatballs in oven That way, when we started on dessert prep I could just hand the box to someone and they’d be off. How do u make homemade meatballs Most veggies (celery, carrots, onions, etc.) can be peeled, diced and frozen with little to no loss in flavor or texture.

Also, if the goal is to come up with some different ideas, why not just ask the people who’ll be there what they want? If you have Google account, set up a Google Form survey for folks to fill out. Best homemade spaghetti and meatballs recipe If you don’t, there are other options (Survey Monkey, etc.) that will let you collect and organize responses rather than try to coordinate a menu from emails, texts, phone calls and conversations. Best homemade spaghetti and meatballs If there are kids involved, encourage parents to include them in the process. How long do you cook homemade meatballs in the oven When kids get to pick what they’re going to eat, they’ll be more inclined to eat it.Agreed.

Tri-tip is a West Coast cut and rarely seen on the East Coast. Homemade bread crumbs for meatballs Sort of like in NYC it’s easier to get a pernil as opposed to Boston butt. How long do you cook homemade meatballs You can use the 2 cuts in pretty much the same way but there are differences.

Several dishes that you can cook completely on site or prep ahead.

Find a recipe you like but it only serves say 4? Give a holler and we’ll help increase the servings .

One person mans the meat grill for the chicken; another heats the pita bread and others wash and cut the salad, make the dressing. Spaghetti and meatballs homemade Much like tacos the eaters puts their own sandwiches together from platters of food placed on the table. Homemade italian meatballs for spaghetti Want to bulk up the meal? Serve rice on the side.

A pot of spaghetti w/ meat sauce , a big ol green salad and bruschetta or garlic bread.

Italian wedding sandwiches and an antipasti platter Use those loverly jarred foods like artichoke hearts, marinated ‘shrooms; cherry tomatoes and oil marinated olives

Roast a pork shoulder/Boston butt at home, shred the meat, freeze it and make pulled pork sliders served on potato rolls w/ your fav type of slaw (carrot, cole, broccoli). Homemade italian meatballs and sauce Up to it? Grill some corn ears.

Right now, beef for stewing is on sale (bottom round) for 3-4.99/lb, my way. Homemade meatballs cooked in sauce Could make a nice crock-potted beef stew at home that you freeze and add little potatoes roasted over the fire ( or just boil them before you leave home and reheat over the campfire wrapped in foil with baby carrots), add to stew and serve with wide egg noodles that cook faster than any Italian pasta except the ‘spensive fresh variety. Simple homemade meatball recipe Sour cream on the side, sprinkle some fresh chopped parsley over the noodles and they’ll love ya.Thank you NYCgrrl! I forgot about that thread! It was a fantabulous reminder of recipes I had saved on my old computer before it bit the big one and I lost everything. Simple homemade meatballs for spaghetti I always drool over your incredible camping menus, and really appreciate your ideas. The best homemade meatball recipe I really like the gyros and antipasti platter, something we haven’t done before and I think will go over well with our group. How to make homemade meatballs for subs Actually, pretty much everything sounds like a safe bet, the pulled pork sliders would be a hit, and I have a recipe we do at home using the country style ribs that are constantly on sale cheap for us. How to make homemade meatballs and gravy Hmmmmm…. How to make homemade meatballs in crock pot Got the `ol brain working now! haha!

+1 for tacos, especially if there are kids involved. How to make homemade meatballs and sauce To make them even easier (and simplify cleanup), do walking tacos. Easy homemade spaghetti and meatballs Get snack-size bags of corn chips (like Fritos) or tortillas (Doritos), open them up, scoop in the meat, cheese, etc. Homemade spaghetti and meatballs and chow down! Also, try to vary up the eat choices. Homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs recipe I mix up a bunch of my own taco seasoning (those little packets have way too much sodium and too little flavor) and use it on ground beef, turkey or shredded chicken. Recipe for homemade meatballs for spaghetti It’s also really easy to cook the meat up ahead of time, freeze it, then reheat over a campfire or in a camp dutch oven.

Also, for breakfast, I’d suggest Baked Oatmeal. How to make homemade spaghetti meatballs I’ve made that recipe on several scout trips and it always disappears. Homemade meatballs and sauce in crock pot I triple everything except the brown sugar (only double that), skip the cranberries and add an extra 1/2 cup of milk, then cook it in a 12″ Lodge DO with 9 coals around the bottom and 16-18 on the lid for about 30-40 minutes. Homemade pasta sauce and meatballs To make life easier, I mix up the dry ingredients at home and put ’em into a gallon sized zip-top bag.Ooooo, walking tacos, yes! I had done those a few years ago for arrival/setup night on one of our trips and they did work out quite well. Homemade pasta and meatballs I might have to run the baked oatmeal up the flagpole with the group, while my family loves oatmeal and I think it’s a excellent camping breakfast, I know some of our group are dyed in the wool eggs and meat for breakfast type folks. Spaghetti and homemade meatballs recipe Meh, you never know though, being outside works up quite the appetite, so they might just entertain some yummy, hearty oatmeal for breakfast. Homemade meatballs for spaghetti recipe Thank you!

For breakfasts, you can get the flavored oatmeal and/or cream of wheat individual packets. Homemade italian spaghetti and meatballs Heat water over the fire and let folks fix their own bowl with their preferred flavor. Quick and easy homemade meatballs Add some cut up melons and you’re good to go. Meatballs homemade recipe You can also get a “just add water” pancake mix and pre-mix it the night before – or the shake and pour – and let folks fix their own in the morning. Homemade sauce for meatballs Bring some blueberries, chocolate chips, etc. Homemade meatballs with sauce and they can add them into their individual pancakes as desired.

Lunches go simple with fruit, cheese and crackers, salami, etc. Homemade meatball sauce recipe They can grab when they’re hungry and not worry about stoves or fires.

Tacos really are easy and simple. Homemade meatball sauce You can also do a search on foil packet meals that can get placed in the fire. Homemade italian meatball recipe Folks can put in their own ingredients as desired and then put them in the fire. Best homemade meatball recipe Potatoes, meats, various veggies, cheese, eggs, etc. Easy homemade meatball recipe Corn on the cob cooked in foil in the fire.Another vote for oatmeal! I try and avoid the packets because of the added sugar, but for space and packing purposes, that would surely be handy! With some fruit on the side it would be perfect. Easy recipe for homemade meatballs I, for one, cannot eat eggs and bacon/sausage every morning, some variety would be nice. Recipe for homemade spaghetti and meatballs I hadn’t even thought of pancakes with add-your-own flavorings. Homemade spaghetti and meatball recipe I *might* have an old CI griddle kicking around that would fit the camp stove, but if memory serves I think it’s cracked…. Authentic homemade italian meatballs Booooo! But if I can come up with something to cook more than 2 pancakes at a time, I might have to add this option to the roster.

We generally only do two full meals a day at our gatherings, a breakfast/brunch meal and dinner, with snacks and whatnot in between, so definitely making a list of no-fire-needed munchies for those who feel a little peckish before the next meal.

*Sigh* Foil packet meals have been vetoed by Hubby. Homemade baked meatballs for spaghetti LOL! I have tried to get him to try then on pretty much EVERY trip we have gone on and he turns his nose up. Homemade barbecue sauce for meatballs Not sure what the hang up is, to be honest, but he makes that yucky face when I suggest them. Calories in homemade meatballs with sauce Maybe I can FINALLY get him to give it a try this trip!

Maybe on the left coast. Easy homemade meatball sauce Over here, particularly in the northeast, Tri-tip – when you can find it – is prohibitively expensive. Homemade swedish meatball sauce My butcher occasionally has a “special” price of $8.99/lb, but it’s usually $11.99. Homemade bbq meatball recipe If I’m doing beef, it’ll be chuck roast or brisket.

But, back to the OP’s situation & question: the reality is that there are many options, but the secret to making them successful is preparation. Homemade spaghetti sauce and meatballs As much as possible, measure and prep ingredients ahead of the trip. Homemade spaghetti and meatballs from scratch As an example, for scout trips, we’d usually prepare 5 or 6 desserts. Homemade spaghetti and meatballs sauce A week ahead, I’d measure out all the dry ingredients into zip-top bags or plastic containers, clearly labeled with all of the stuff for a particular item in a larger zip-top bag or small box. Homemade meatballs with italian sausage That way, when we started on dessert prep I could just hand the box to someone and they’d be off. Homemade meatball recipe with grape jelly Most veggies (celery, carrots, onions, etc.) can be peeled, diced and frozen with little to no loss in flavor or texture.

Also, if the goal is to come up with some different ideas, why not just ask the people who’ll be there what they want? If you have Google account, set up a Google Form survey for folks to fill out. Homemade meatball recipe for spaghetti If you don’t, there are other options (Survey Monkey, etc.) that will let you collect and organize responses rather than try to coordinate a menu from emails, texts, phone calls and conversations. Homemade meatballs and spaghetti recipe If there are kids involved, encourage parents to include them in the process. Calories in homemade spaghetti and meatballs When kids get to pick what they’re going to eat, they’ll be more inclined to eat it.Thank you SO much for the reminder that meal planning does not need to fall completely on my shoulders! I tend to be the “Mama” for our group, planning out who does what, making sure everyone is fed, yadda, yadda, yadda. Recipe for spaghetti and meatballs homemade Sometimes that means I spend so much time planning, prepping, cooking and cleaning that I forget to relax and have a good time myself. Homemade meatballs and spaghetti sauce I really like the idea of getting everyone involved in the planning and making it a group effort rather than me just telling everyone what to do. Homemade spaghetti sauce with meatballs We do have quite a few kiddos in the mix too, so getting them involved would make feeding them easier in the long run too. Best recipe for homemade meatballs We do create a Facebook event for every gathering we have to make planning easier and have all conversations in a central place, looks like a community conversation is in order.

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