Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Camping Grub 2009 Part 2

My SIL and I share the food duties while camping. The first night we kept very simple and had the ultimate camping food: smokies! These were really nice cheddar-filled ones and really hit the spot after setting up camp & having a dip in the lake to cool off. It was HOT that afternoon, let me tell you!

But it was night #2 where we got more ambitious and this is where I stepped up.

Recently, Dave of My Year on the Grill, had a great recipe for grilling tilapia in corn husks and I thought this would be excellent camping grub. So, this is my version, using red snapper my SIL had in the freezer.

The first step involved getting decent corn, which is a challenge. Remember my corn rant from the summer? Yeah, well, I wasn't optimistic about our corn opportunities, and indeed, when we got to the reasonably priced big box grocery store, the corn was in shitty, shitty condition. But, as we were about to give up, the produce guy came out with a whole new shipment of corn from Taber, Alberta, and it was peaches 'n cream - SCORE! Five cobs went for $1.98.

So, I carefully peeled back the husks, keeping them attached to the bottom of the cob, and discarded the silk. I secured the cob end of the husks with butcher's string. This was a bit time consuming and required patience and care - two things I actually had at the time, surprisingly enough. Next I soaked the whole thing in water for about 20 minutes. Luckily, the beer cooler had a lot of nice clean water in the bottom - it was perfect for soaking the cobs! While I was doing all this, our red snapper was happily marinating in some Barefoot Contessa Tequila Lime Marinade I found in the reduced bin at the local overpriced grocery store.

Next came the fun part: making corn husk packages with the fish tucked nicely inside. This was messy & time consuming, but it worked out better than I was expecting. Making sure the fish was covered well - as well as possible, that is - our two fillets were a bit too big for the husks, but this is camping grub, right? It doesn't have to be perfect! - I secured the ends with butcher's string.Then, onto the BBQ it goes:
It took about 20 minutes...
The results: spectacular!I made some rice to go with the meal, and it was wonderful! The corn, I am happy to report, was excellent - sweet, tender, juicy, and definitely the best I had all season.And the best part - no dishes! The cobs & everything just went right into the fire pit! Genius! Thanks Dave for this fantastic idea!

11 comments:

girlichef said...

That is so awesome!! And it looks delicious...mmmmmmmm.

A Year on the Grill said...

WHOO WHOO--- Excellent!

Glad you liked the process, glad you got some good corn finally (and at a good price).

Happy you saw something you liked on the blog and even more happy all worked well. That fish looks very tasty!

Well done...

One question... I have been racking my brain... SIL what does that stand for (right now, until I am told different, it is Significant Interested (or oddly enough, could stand for Interesting which would be a whole different definition) Lover)

Cinnamon Girl aka Reeni♥ said...

What a great idea! So handy for camping so there's no dishes. I bet they were delicious.

Wandering Coyote said...

Dave: SIL = Sister-in-law.

Katherine Aucoin said...

I found your blog through My Year on the Grill.

What a cool way to grill fish! Everything looks fantastic.

Wandering Coyote said...

Katherine: Welcome - and thanks!!

A Year on the Grill said...

ahhhh

Sister in law... still significant, and still interesting (or interested)

Palidor said...

They look great! I bet they were nice and sweet from the grilling.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

That is so cool! I love how you multi-purposed your corn.
I have seen people fight over tiny, crappy green corn here in the grocery stores. There is just no excuse for it -we grow corn in Southern Ontario! Why the markets carry such crap, I don't know.

Chris said...

Here via Dave. Nice blog!

Wandering Coyote said...

Chris: Welcome! Thanks for stopping by & commenting!

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