The word “gourmet” is relative. Especially when it comes to long distance backpacking. As a foodie and a long distance backpacker, I struggle to find a compromise. Here is a sampling of one of my recipes that takes a little extra time to make, but the reward is worth it!
- 3 eggs or 6 T. powdered eggs or 2 oz. liquid eggs, scrambled and cooked with little or no oil (microwave works well)
- 1.5 oz. freeze dried diced potatoes (they rehydrate better than dried potatoes)
- 1/4 c. finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese or pepper jack (or 1-1.5 oz. freeze dried shredded cheddar)
- 1-2 T. sliced jalapeños (fresh if you like them hot, jarred if not so much)
- 2 T. green onions, sliced
- 1/3 c. veggie or turkey sausage crumbles cooked (I like Lightlife Gimme Lean veggie sausage), blot off any excess oil with a cotton cloth (or 1-2 oz. freeze dried sausage crumbles)
- 2-3 8″ flour tortillas
At Home Preparation
Chop up the scrambled eggs into pea-sized chunks. Dry eggs, jalapeños, onions, cheese, and sausage in food dehydrator on lowest heat (90-100 degrees). Blot the cheese with a towel to remove excess oil. Combine these dried ingredients with the potatoes in a ziplock bag. (Due to the amount of fat in the cheese, store this in the freezer until you want to use it. It has a several week shelf life, but the fat can become rancid if left too long)
Put contents of ziplock into your cook pot and cover about 95% with water. Bring the water to a boil, then remove pot from heat and cover. If you need to, add a tiny bit more water, just try not to add too much! Let sit, stirring once, for 10-15 minutes, or until sausage is soft. Scoop into a tortilla and enjoy!
Serves 1. Calories 895-985 (with tortillas)
1/4 c. bacon, bacon bits, or bacon substitute could be used instead of sausage.
If you like the taste of hot sauce better than jalapeños, apply as much hot sauce (or chile verde sauce) as you might like to the cooked eggs before you dry them.
Dried, canned green chiles would be amazing, or see my “Green Breakfast Burritos” article!
If you liked this idea, check out my other “Gourmet Trail Recipes”.
No way you would put this much work into trail food? Check out my articles entitled “Favorite Easy Trail Recipes”. New recipes coming soon!