Introduction: Campfire Boiled Eggs

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It seems as though there are a million 'perfect' ways to boil an egg out there.......well, here is one more! This method even includes fun and entertainment!

You will need:

Campfire that has burned down enough that there are hot coals
Three wax coated drinking cups (do not use styrofoam)
Three eggs
Water - any kind will do - tap, stream, lake, river - whatever you can find!
Tongs

I have included a tangy caper deviled egg recipe if you choose to dress up your eggs a bit! However, I know many folks who like to just sprinkle the boiled eggs with salt and eat them as soon as they are cool enough to eat!

Step 1: Gather Supplies and Boil

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Once you have a campfire that has burned down a bit and has hot coals you are ready to start.

Place one egg in each wax coated cup. Fill with water until cup is full. Using tongs place cups in the fire - on a log or directly on the hot coals. Which ever is easiest.

Once water starts to boil check your watch and let boil for 10 minutes. The tops of the cups will catch on fire and burn away. This is fine. Some of the water will evaporate from the heat. This is okay too. Don't worry and do not pull the cups out prior to 10 minutes passing.

You can see from my pictures that the cups almost entirely burn away. I also took some pics with the flash so you can see the water actually boiling. It almost looks more like it is foaming. The boil is really small.

Using tongs remove cups from the fire and let eggs cool.

Step 2: Crack Eggs

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Eggs will be stained with wax and ashes from the fire and the cups.

Once eggs are completely cool crack out of the shells. Cut the eggs in half to reveal a perfectly cooked campfire boiled egg!

Step 3: Tangy Caper Deviled Eggs

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Tangy Caper Deviled Eggs

3 eggs yolks
3-4 T. sour cream
1 t. finely chopped capers
1 1/2 t. fresh chopped chives
1/4 t. apple cider vinegar
salt to taste

3 T. panko bread crumbs
12 whole capers
olive oil
18 - 1 inch pieces fresh cut chives

In a small mixing bowl stir egg yolks, sour cream and vinegar until creamy. Add capers, chives and salt. Stir to combine. Set aside.

Step 4: Toast Capers & Panko

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In a small saute pan heat 1/2 t. oil over medium high heat. Pat capers dry with a paper towel to remove any outside moisture. Saute until lightly crispy. Drain on a paper towel and set aside.

In the same pan add panko (there will be enough oil left over in the pan from the capers, don't add any more) and saute until golden brown. Remove from pan and set aside.

Step 5: Assemble

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In each egg white half spoon in enough yolk mixture to fill each hole - heaping slightly. Sprinkle liberally with toasted panko, top with two capers and a few pieces of cut fresh chives!

Comments

mbreukel (author)2012-04-11

same as cooking water in a plastic bottle principle(water keeps the plastic from melting)

dont you have to be carefull for toxic flumes? or if your fire is to hot, a leak?

wold630 (author)mbreukel2012-04-11

From my research, I can't find anything that supports that burning a wax paper cup is toxic. It is similar to burning a candle and since the egg is protected by its hard outer shell you would not be ingesting anything toxic, if it were in fact a toxic event.

I would definitely never use/burn plastic in a campfire - that is toxic. I would also never drink hot liquids from a wax coated paper cup. That is also toxic.

Happy camping!

garnishrecipes (author)2012-04-10

This is so cool! :)

mygibzone (author)2012-04-08

Cool! I've never considered boiling eggs on a campfire. I want to try it this summer!

wold630 (author)mygibzone2012-04-10

Yes! Definitely try it. The other campers around the fire will, for some reason, not believe it will work. It makes for great conversation and debate!!

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