The Best Wintertime Recipes For The Outdoor Fireplace

Hopefully those of you who have an outdoor fireplace have been making the most of it by cooking over it in the great outdoors of your own backyard. Those of you who haven’t used it for cooking — now’s your chance! Take a look at these great recipes for the outdoor fireplace that are perfect for the winter season.

Beef ‘n Veggie Shish Kebabs

Shish Kebabs are a classic when it comes to cooking foods over a fire. They’re simple, quick and delicious. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Long, stainless steel skewers
  • Beef strips cut into square inches
  • White or yellow onions
  • Green or red bell peppers
  • Baby portabella mushrooms

Chop or slice the onions and bell peppers into slices that match the size of your steak pieces. The baby bellas can go whole onto the skewer. Stick your steak and veggies onto the skewer in whatever order you prefer. If you’re celebrating Christmas, try skewering the onion, red pepper, green pepper, baby bella and then the steak to give your kebab a festive look. You can sprinkle some salt, pepper, and garlic onto your kebab, and you can also add some crushed red pepper if you like a little spice. Spritzing a bit of soy sauce or sesame oil onto your kebab can also add some flavor.

Now you’re ready to just hold your kebab over the flames and chat with your pals as you wait for your food to cook. Just rotate the kebab every now and then to make sure all sides are cooked thoroughly.

Sweet Potatoes on The Rocks

We’re all pretty familiar with roasting potatoes over the fire, but sweet potatoes make an even better wintertime treat. For some mouth-watering sweet potatoes, you’ll need the following things:

  • Aluminum foil
  • Whole sweet potatoes
  • Ground cloves
  • Brown sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Butter

Cut your sweet potatoes in half just enough so that you can coat the insides with butter. Sprinkle a fine layer of brown sugar on top of the butter, and then sprinkle a few pinches of cinnamon inside. Lastly, just take a pinch of cloves and spritz it on the inside of your potatoes.

Now, close up your taters and wrap them in aluminum foil. Place your foiled potatoes as close to the fire as you can without putting them into the fire, either on rocks or coals. Now, sit back and enjoy the chilly night air as you wait for them to cook. Rotate them every 15 minutes or so to ensure they are cooked evenly, and skewer them with a knife or fork after about 45-60 minutes to see if they are done. Once they’re soft, open them up and enjoy right out of the skins with a fork or spoon.

Flamin’ Fireside Beanie Weenies

This spicy variation of another classic fireside food is guaranteed to be a favorite. Using Italian sausage and black beans, rather than hot dogs and baked beans, is a healthy alternative with a kick. Gather these ingredients for some fiery backyard beanie weenies:

  • Skewers
  • Fire-safe pot
  • Italian sausage links
  • Canned black beans
  • Baby spinach
  • White mushrooms
  • Red onion
  • Crushed red pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Salt

First, skewer your Italian sausages and roast them over the fire until they’re done all the way through. Set them aside while you slice up your mushrooms and onion into bite-sized pieces. Pour your beans into your pot, and add the spinach, mushrooms and onion. Sprinkle a generous amount of garlic and salt into the mix. Add crushed red pepper and cayenne to your liking.

While the beans cook by the fire over some rocks or coals, slice your sausages into bite-sized pieces. Stir your beans every so often, and when they’re just about ready, toss in the sausages. Stir until all the ingredients are mixed and cooked, and you’re ready to indulge.

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