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Campfire Paninis

Campfire Paninis: make your own DIY campfire paninis press with a foil covered flat rock and enjoy a campfire panini in the woods.Campfire Paninis: make your own DIY campfire paninis press with a foil covered flat rock and enjoy a campfire panini in the woods.

Last weekend was the long weekend here in Canada, and along with my to-do list, my family joined up with some old friends for a night of camping. Since it’s the long weekend in the US this weekend, and lots of us will now be camping throughout the summer, I thought I’d share one of my new favourite camping recipe, Campfire Paninis.

I made them once before here, kind of on a whim with my sister, but this time I prepped for them and made sure to bring my very favourite panini fixins’. 

cover a rock in tin foil to make your own panini press

DIY Campfire Panini Press

Start out with a grill on the fire, and cover it with a little foil, you also need to find a good rock, with a flat side. Cover the rock in foil, that’s your panini press.

  • aluminum foil covered grill over the campfire
  • aluminum foil covered flat rock

campfire panini recipe


My very favourite panini combo is hot salami, roasted red pepper, pesto, and bocconcini mozzarella. Yum. Just Cut the bocconcini ball into slices, and layer up the meat, cheese,and roasted red pepper from a jar, on a nice, French bread, and spread with some pesto sauce, also from a jar -so super easy for camping. Once the sandwich is made, brush the two outer sides with olive oil, just like a regular panini.

  • hot salami
  • roasted red peppers
  • pesto
  • bocconcini mozzarella
  • French bread
  • olive oil

how to make a panini on a campfire

campfire panini press

Put your panini on the grill and press with the rock. Leave it to cook until it’s golden brown, then flip and repeat for the other side. So, so good.

For a really kid friendly version, try a classic grilled cheese cooked this way.

campfire panini gourmet camping food ideas

Let the gourmet camping cooking begin! With campfire paninis in the woods, life really is a party!

campfire panini gourmet camping food recipe

You might also enjoy our Gourmet Smores Charcuterie Board here.

S'more Charcuterie Board: this s'more themed dessert board is perfect as a summer treat around a campfire, or for your camping themed party.

Also check out our Campfire Baked Apples recipe here.

You might also like our Campfire Cinnamon Rolls post here.


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