Tin Foil Dinners
"Whether in the backyard or at camp, what Boy Scout (or
camper) can resist these variations to the old tin foil
dinner? Bonus: these ideas also work well in the kitchen
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 3/4-1 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” 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 4-6 chicken breasts)
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:
garlic salt, season salt, lemon pepper, 2-3 tablespoons cream
mushroom soup, Italian seasoning, BBQ sauce, sprinkle
Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, curry, steak sauce, etc
Foil and Cooking Tips:
Use heavy-duty aluminum foil, place shiny side in, spray with
non-stick 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”- 1” 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” folds.
Cooking in conventional oven – pre-heat to 4500 F. Place
prepared packets on cookie sheet in center of oven.
Stove top – preheat skillet with lid on medium heat. Reduce heat
to simmer, place prepared packet in un-greased pan, cover with
lid and cook 7-10 minutes on one side, turn and cook 5-10
minutes on second side.
Cooking Times vary, depending upon size of food pieces and the
type of food – most dinners require 15-20 minutes.
Turn packets half way through cooking process, using oven mitts
or leather gloves. Note - tongs tend to puncture packets.
All ideas create one tin foil dinner.