A fun way to cook while camping is: put it together, set it on hot coals, let it cook, open it, and enjoy. Oh, clean up is easy because you throw it away.
Let me explain. 🙂
A Foil Pack, also called Hobo Dinner, Packet, and several other names, is where you use aluminum foil to wrap up the food and then you place it on hot coals. You can cook all sorts of things this way. Start with 2 large pieces of aluminum foil (I like to double it so food doesn’t burn as easily.) You don’t want your food to stick to the foil so you can spray the foil with cooking spray, add butter, or add oil. Place the food in the center of the foil. Grab the long ends, bring them together and then roll down towards the food. Leave some room for air and steam. With the short ends, crimp and fold over a few times. You place the foil right on hot coals and let it cook. When it is done, use a shovel or tongs to take the pack off the coals. Be careful where you set the Foil Pack because it might melt something plastic. Open carefully, remembering the steam will be very hot. Let cool slightly and then enjoy. Be sure to look online for other tips to use. There are a lot of Foil Pack recipes online as well.
One time I had planned what sounded to be a yummy Foil Pack Breakfast. That morning I woke up and I thought, “ What? Am I crazy? How long will it take to start a fire, get it nice and hot, let it get coals and then be ready to place my Foil Pack on it? Too much time, I am hungry now.” 🙂 So instead, I made it in our trailer on the stove. Just like cooking at home.
Our favorite is Foil Pack Taco Burger & Potato Delight. In fact, years ago when we were camping, we made these. We liked them so much, we drove down the mountain to a store to buy more ingredients to make them again the next day. 🙂
Foil Pack Taco Burger & Potato Delight
1 pound raw hamburger meat
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
2 Tablespoons taco seasoning
1/4 cup milk
3 cups frozen southern-style hash browns
1 can condensed fiesta nacho cheese soup
Mix the first four ingredients together. Form into 4 patties. Place one patty each on a sheet of aluminum foil.
Mix together the potatoes and soup. Put onto the 4 patties.
Cook about 40 minutes. Make sure to test the doneness of the meat.
Italian sausage links, bell peppers, onions, olive oil
Chicken, taco seasoning, black beans, salsa
Flank steak, bell peppers, onions, garlic, olive oil, provolone cheese
Nacho chips, cooked chicken, enchilada sauce, black beans, nacho cheese
Eggs, hash browns, ham, cheese
The possibilities goes on and on. Please share with me if you have a favorite Foil Pack recipe.