The big bird isn't always practical for camping. That doesn't mean there aren't recipes worth trying, though. Campers sometimes bring along their turkey fryers to cook 12- and 14-pound birds, but there's more than just one way to enjoy this delicious poultry including white or dark meat, boneless bits, ground turkey, deli turkey, canned chunk turkey and smoked drumsticks.
Treat yourself and your fellow campers by trying some of these affordable and versatile turkey recipes.
Turkey and Wild Rice Chowder
Make a big kettle of this hearty soup on the camp stove or the campfire. It's a one-pot meal that takes its flavor from a boxed mix and its flair from rich cream. If you use canned turkey, drain the juice to use as part of the water measure.
Large onion, diced
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 box of wild rice and rice mix (such as Uncle Ben's)
4 cups water
2 cans, 10 ounces each, chunk turkey OR
3 cups diced, cooked turkey OR
3 cups diced boneless turkey breast
1 cup whipping cream
Water or broth (optional)
In a large pot, sizzle onion in hot oil until it's limp. Gradually stir in rice mix. Add water, the seasoning packet from the rice mix and the turkey. Cover and cook over reduced heat until rice is tender and any raw turkey is cooked through. After stirring in cream, heat but do not boil. If you want a thinner soup, add a little water or broth. This recipe should serve six people.