Backcountry Cooking With A View

With the proper preparation, you can still have great food while hiking, backpacking, and camping in the Adirondacks ... without making it an all-day project. Creating great food while out and about in the Adirondacks makes a fun trip all that more memorable!

Chef Ronald Loeber

As I was climbing Cascade Mountain in the Adirondacks of New York, all I could think about was the lunch I was going to create at the top. Every step I took towards the summit was a step closer to my reward for making it to the top.

I decided to mark my achievement by making a Philly Cheese Steak Wrap using thinly sliced beef, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, and provolone cheese. When I cook at the top of a mountain, I bring a stove and sauté pan in my backpack. Although it adds weight to my pack, the gourmet lunch I get to enjoy is well worth the effort! I believe in toasting beautiful views with a great meal!

Sauteing In Progress: Campside Chef Cooking With A View
Sauteing In Progress: Campside Chef Cooking With A View

Philly Cheese Steak Wrap

Ingredients (makes two wraps)

1lb Beef Strip Loin (thinly sliced)
4 oz Vidalia onions (thinly sliced)
4 oz Green Peppers (thinly sliced)
4 oz Baby Bella Mushrooms (thinly sliced)
8 slices Provolone Cheese
2 Flour Tortillas (large)
1 oz 50/50 Blend of Canola & Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper (season to taste)


Step 1: Heat the sauté pan and add the oil. Add the vegetables and cook until they're slightly brown.

Step 2: Add the beef to the pan and cook until desired doneness. Remove the vegetables and beef from the pan and set them aside.

Step 3: Add a flour tortilla to the pan and place four slices of cheese spread out evenly. Remove the tortilla from the pan.

Step 4: Add half of the vegetables & beef to the center of the tortilla. Fold in the sides and roll it up. Repeat the process for the second tortilla.


About the Author …
Chef Ronald Loeber
Also known as The Campside Chef, Chef Ron started working professionally in the food service industry in 1998, which included all areas of cooking. His passion for the Adirondacks has spanned over twenty-five years.
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