Some of the best recipes are created on the whim with whatever is on hand and a little creativity. Well, my most recent camping dinner was no different. After a long day of hiking under the desert sun we needed a filling meal with plenty of sodium to put back in our bodies. The original dinner plans were going to be a frozen pack of meatballs combined with diced potatoes and seasoning (Creole), cooked over an open flame in a cast iron skillet (add water or beer for flavor and to keep it from drying out. Just return the lid and let simmer).
After watching our dinner cook for several minutes and being taunted by the delicious savory aromas coming from the skillet, it dawned on me that something was missing. I couldn't quite put me finger on it. I just wanted to add something to it. I quickly went to my food bend to see what I had to work with. One of the first things I saw was a pack of Ramen Noodles. Then it immediately hit me. What goes good with meatballs, noodles. I could make a spaghetti!!! Just like that, voilà…Cowboy Spaghetti was created.
Play around with your ingredients, find something you like and work with it. Make it a fun event for you and whoever you are with. Don't be afraid to experiment, and best of all you get to name it! No matter how bad it may turn out, if you're hungry enough, you'll eat it. I got lucky this time and discovered a new treat. Would I do this again, heck yes!