Camping Hack: Easy Biscuits and Gravy
Luxury Biscuits and Gravy while Camping
First I picked freshly grown wheat and stone ground that to a fine powder, then I cultivated the yeast in my own kitchen while my husband went and caught fresh rainwater under a full moon. Just kidding!
My husband and I have been campers all of our lives. We mostly car camp just to get away for a night or two, but we backpack occasionally as well. With me being 26 weeks pregnant, I can pretty much go car glamping and that's about it.
As it is, when we hit the grocery store on our way out of town, we picked up ingredients for biscuits and gravy. I was pretty sure that I could make it happen.
- Canned biscuits
- Gravy mix
- We already had water
The Star of the Show
Cooking the Biscuits
While we were purchasing the ingredients for our luxury breakfast, I was thinking about how in the world I was going to make a miracle happen.
There were some drawbacks to our equipment that I needed to work around. Our old Coleman stove has been rode hard and hung up wet so many times that it really only has one setting: full blast. So just pan frying the biscuits wasn't an option. I knew that they would burn right off the bat. I do have some hollandaise sauce experience and have used a double boiler in the past. I ended up creating my own version of a double boiler with a lid using our camping cookware. Also, I had no way of knowing what the temperature was inside my double boiler. I'd have to monitor it the entire time. I didn't have a timer either so I depended on hope and good intentions. I said this was easy right? Maybe easy for you. With a properly working camping stove and a charged cell phone, this whole operation would be a breeze.
The set up for my makeshift oven included a large pot with a matching lid, the lid to a small pot, and a medium pan that could fit in the large pot.
I filled the large pot with approximately 1/2" of water and brought it to a boil. I placed the lid to the small pot upside down in the boiling water. I placed it upside down because if it were right side up, it would have created a seal on the bottom of the pan. I'm sure that the water sealed inside would have boiled violently enough to vibrate the lid and release any pressure. I was just concerned about creating a small bomb.
Next, I placed the biscuits in the medium-sized pan. When I placed this on top of the upside down lid, the biscuits were out of the water, not directly on the high heat source and steam could circulate over the biscuits. I then applied the lid to the large pot and waited... for a while? I cooked the biscuits anywhere from twenty to thirty minutes... I think.
The Guts of the Double Boiler
Those Suckers are DONE!
Yay! In the above picture, you can see that the biscuits are cooked all of the way through.
To add a bit of texture to them, I pan fried them in a nonstick pan to toast the outsides. This took about five seconds on each side due to the full blast of heat.
Cook the Eggs and Gravy!
I just scrambled some eggs and followed the directions on the gravy packet.
I really lucked out with how well this went. We could have had a "How to Fail at Biscuits and Gravy while Glamping" article instead. For the two of us, I cooked four biscuits, one packet of gravy (we had about half left over) and six eggs. We took everything that I didn't cook home with us and it will all be eaten.
I definitely think that we will be doing this again. I think that the same technique could be used for cinnamon rolls or anything that needs to be baked that doesn't rise too much.
We had a delicious breakfast and a wonderful time camping. I forgot my camera this trip which really sucked because I want to start a summer series about our weekends before the baby comes. I'll remember next time! Luckily the big guy had his phone and it hadn't died yet.
I only burnt myself four or five times during the recipe. No dishwashers were harmed in the making of this breakfast.