Foil dinners are super convenient and tasty. A camping classic. You can prepare them at home before you leave to cut down on time and mess when you're out and about. You can also eat them out of the container (if it stays intact during cooking) and save on dish duty. I stumbled on this list of foil dinner recipes that I thought were worth sharing.
I made a foil dinner last weekend that ended up super good. Probably the best I have ever had (not to toot my own horn.) It was pretty basic, but very rich. I don't know how you cook, but every time I make something, it's a new experience. A little of this, a little of that. I'm usually as surprised as everyone else. Not always in a good way. But this time was a winner. Here's what I did:
- 1 potato, precooked and diced. (You don't have to precook, but it saves time. If you add raw potatoes, make sure they are cut thin enough to cook at the same rate as everything else.)
- 3/4 cup raw baby carrots
- 1/2 lb. raw ground beef
- 1/2 raw onion, diced
- 1/2 packet of Lipton beefy onion soup mix (I usually just use onion, but they didn't have it. I was not disappointed with beefy onion.)
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
- Salt & pepper to taste
The first step is to start a good fire. You'll need a nice bed of coals for these. That will be the most time consuming part of the process.
Make sure you use heavy duty foil. It holds up much better. Cut a piece about 16" long and fold it in half. Fold the edges over on themselves 3-4 times to make a good seal. Then open the top and put your ingredients in. I recommend breaking up the beef into small pieces so it will cook more quickly. After everything is in, seal up the top by folding the edge over itself 3-4 times, like the edges.
Once you have a good bed of coals place the foil pouches on the coals and let them cook for 15-30 minutes. The time really depends on the coals you have. Check occasionally to make sure they don't burn.
This recipes creates a delicious gravy at the bottom of the pouch. Like a pot roast. Very tasty!