Packet Dinners for the Campfire
These ideas also work well in the oven (instructions follow).
Oriental Chicken: Place 1 boneless, skinless chicken
breast sliced in strips and 1 cup frozen vegetables in center of
foil. Combine 2 teaspoons soy sauce, dash garlic salt, sprinkle
cayenne pepper (optional) and 1 tablespoon brown sugar. Drizzle
over chicken and vegetables, wrap.
Breakfast Nest: Prepare one thin sausage patty made from
lean country sausage, place on foil; add 3/4 to 1 cup frozen
hash browns creating a nest in center; add one egg to the nest;
wrap. Sprinkle with grated cheese just before serving.
Glazed Ham: Place one carrot thinly sliced or cut into
thin julienne strips on foil, salt and pepper to taste; place
1/2-inch slice of ham on top carrots; place a slice of pineapple
on ham; drizzle with 1 tablespoon honey, wrap. Try substituting
sliced sweet potato for the carrot.
Ranch Chicken: Dip one boneless, skinless chicken breast
in melted butter then in 1 packet Ranch dressing mixed with 3/4
cup corn flake crumbs and 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, place
on foil. Add sliced strips summer squash and bell peppers, wrap.
Sprinkle with grated cheese just before serving. (NOTE: One
packet dressing mixed as above will coat 4 to 6 chicken
Baked Apple: Slice apple in half, remove core creating a
hollow in center of the apple. Place a tablespoon of brown sugar
in hollow, sprinkle with cinnamon, and dot with butter. Wrap.
Orange Cupcakes or Muffins: Slice top off orange and
scoop out the pulp leaving the rind intact (eat the pulp).
Prepare cake or muffin mix; fill orange hollow 3/4 full with
Traditional Foil Dinner: Place thin hamburger patty in
center of foil. Add thinly sliced carrots, potato cubes, and
rings of onion, salt and pepper to taste, wrap. Sprinkle with
grated cheese just before serving.
Seasoning Variations: Try one or more of the following in
the savory packets: garlic salt, season salt, lemon pepper, 2 or
3 tablespoons cream mushroom soup, Italian seasoning, BBQ sauce,
sprinkle Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, curry, steak sauce,
Foil and Cooking Tips:
Use heavy-duty aluminum foil, place shiny side in, spray with
nonstick spray to prevent sticking.
Create foil packets by wrapping foil around food using a
drug-store wrap: Use foil 3 times the width of the food. Fold
sides up creasing foil at edge of food. Keeping edges together,
make a 1/2- to 1-inch fold and crease. Fold 2-3 times – leaving
enough room in packet for food expansion and steaming during
cooking. Smooth ends flat, make four small triangle folds on
each end from edge of food to the edge of foil. Fold ends of
foil in using 1/2-inch folds.
Cooking in conventional oven – preheat to 450 degrees F. Place
prepared packets on cookie sheet in center of oven.
Cooking on stove top – preheat skillet with lid on medium heat.
Reduce heat to simmer, place prepared packet in ungreased pan,
cover with lid and cook 7 to 10 minutes on one side, turn and
cook 5 to 10 minutes on second side.
Cooking times vary, depending upon size of food pieces and the
type of food – most dinners require 15 to 20 minutes.
Turn packets half way through cooking process, using oven mitts
or leather gloves. Note - tongs tend to puncture packets.
All ideas create one packet dinner.