Whoa! Hey stop for a minute, hold up? Either we’ve been riding too long this morning without a break or you have some two-stroke oil that smells like coffee. Is that some new hybrid, synthetic coffee scented two-stroke oil you have in your sled?
Hey, you’re right, I smell it too… and now that we are stopped, is someone cooking hot tortillas on the snowmobile trail? I see a group of sledders up ahead, let’s check with them.
Getting Ready for the Snowmobile Trip
Meanwhile back at the ranch, the day started off with a temperature of 10 degrees, partly cloudy with deep blue skies, three inches of fresh snow on flat groomed trails and no wind.
Getting ready for a day of snowmobiling has its challenges. Who took my socks? My head-sock has a mouse hole in it. My GoPro battery is dead. Let’s make sure we don’t forget anything.
Snowmobile Lunch Plans
We got loaded up with gear for the day, which included a noontime menu for trailside cooking and an itinerary for the day’s travel with a nice location to cook lunch. Sounds like last year’s riding scenario, doesn’t it? This time I’m cooking hot tortillas on the snowmobile trail
Snowmobile Trips and COVID-19
Things are a bit different this year due to COVID and you really need to plan ahead for your trips into the NH Winter Wonderland.
Some of our regular sled destinations may be partially impacted and may have limited access: Warming huts throughout the state, club events, the Antique Driven Groomer Rodeo in Thornton and local restaurants and watering holes, just to mention a few.
So, you need to go all in on your own outdoor dining experience, kind of Sno-Traveler gourmet! Might be up to you to feed the riding crew.
What is a Sno-Traveler Gourmet you might ask? It’s just trailside cooking stepped up a notch. You can take the time to sit at a restaurant so why not take the time to create and enjoy a nice meal on the trail. No quick trailside meal this go-around.
Snowmobile Cooking With a Two-Burner Stove
A two-burner stove makes it easier to cook and looks good (gourmet cooking is all about the presentation in it you know).
Percolator coffee pot (some may know what this is) and a main meal with some trimmings. Nothing like the smell of fresh perked coffee or hot chocolate in the wilderness!
I parboiled chicken the night before and bagged it with special sauce inside a Ziplock to be cooked the following day on the trail. And you thought Famous Dave’s was good.
You can heat up some tatter tots on the other burner or maybe some Minute Rice. Wow!
Cooking Hot Tortillas on the Snowmobile Trail
The showcase meal on the snowmobile trail is fresh perked coffee and local hot Italian pork sausage tortillas. You can cook the sausage on the trail, adding onions, peppers, garlic, and tomatoes from your summer garden or local farm.
I’m showcasing local NH products to keep our neighboring farmers in business, featuring: Lef lettuce in Loudon, cheddar cheese from Contoocook Creamery and sour cream from local dairies. Remember the one pot cooking practice for easier clean-up.
Half the Fun is Planning Lunch
Half the fun is planning what you will be serving, how you will be serving, how many you will be serving (always plan for walk-ins) and where you will be dining. It’s always nice to have a sunny spot, out of the wind, with maybe a view.
Unexpected Lunch Guests
Back to the story. These guys could smell something on the trail, an aroma coming from…holy cow look at that, fresh hot tortillas and fresh coffee to boot.
Got any extra? Wow and fresh lettuce, sour cream, and cheese! Coffee scented two-stroke.
I may have something there! Enjoy and see you on the trails this winter.
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