The concept is pretty simple, but the results are sensational. Foil packets are a great way to eat plentiful and tasty food while you’re camping. Foil meals also provide less hassle when packing for your trip because you only need to remember two items: foil and your holy grail of ingredients. In this blog I will give you four of our favorite campfire recipes.
“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”
One thing I love about this style of camp cooking is NO cleanup. Also, the variety of options to cook is endless, so running out of ideas is almost impossible. You can make appetizers, main courses, and even desserts. I’m here to share some tips and recipes I’ve learned along the way thus far.
A Few Quick Tips
If you’re anything like me, you plan your meals ahead of time very strategically. Foil packets make it extremely easy when planning your meals. I prepare everything at home before the adventure begins. All of my ingredients for each meal are placed in large ziploc bags after being cut and then placed into a small cooler. My dry seasoning is mixed together and then put into a small ziploc, as well as the butter. If you choose to use olive oil, you can buy individual packets which is super convenient. Here are a few more quick tips:
- Use heavy duty, non-stick foil.
- Stay away from the flames and focus on the coals. The more mature coals are best.
- Fold the foil when sealing, do not crunch the sides.
- Place meat at the bottom of the ingredients since it takes longest to cook. *Remember to put the meat side down first on the coals.
- Cut potatoes or carrots into small slices to ensure they cook thoroughly.
- Add cheese after, not during the cooking process.
- Bring a set of tongs to assist in flipping.
- Be careful when opening your foil packets, the steam is no joke.
Foil cooking can be somewhat of an art. All these recipes can be used as guiding points in creating your favorite packet. You can be as creative or simple as you choose. Keep in mind these recipes yield about two servings.
POTATOES AND SAUSAGE
- Ground Sausage
- 4 Small Potatoes
- 2 Cups of Green Beans
- 2 Tbsp Butter
- Seasoning (Salt, Pepper, Garlic, or Paprika)
Cook for 20 minutes on the coals, flipping every 5 minutes. Use the foil as your plate and throw it in the trash afterwards. Voila.
- 1/2 lb. Sirloin Steak – Cut Thin
- Red Pepper – 1
- Yellow Pepper – 1
- Onion – 1
- Fajita Seasoning
- 3 Tbsp Water
- 2 Packets of Olive Oil
Optional: Lettuce, Cheese, Salsa, or Cream Cheese
Combine the first five ingredients. With this recipe you’ll add a little water at the bottom to create steam. Cook for 17 minutes, rotating twice during cooking. Add cooked ingredients to tortillas, add desired toppings, and you’re good to go.
- 2 Granny Smiths Apples (peeled and sliced)
- 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Tsp Cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp Butter
Lay apples on foil then sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon on top. Scatter butter over the apples. Cook for 25 minutes, flipping 3 times throughout. Simple, easy, and way too good.
- 2 Bananas
- 6 Hershey Squares
- 4 Marshmallows
- Crushed Graham Crackers
Cut banana lengthwise, add 3 chocolate squares and 2 marshmallows to banana. Top with graham crackers. This is a quick cook, 5-6 minutes and it’s done. I’d recommend each banana be in their own foil packet. This is my favorite foil dessert because you already have 3/4 of these ingredients anyway. Enjoy!
If you’re looking for a meal that tastes as good, if not better, than a home cooked meal then this is the method for you. Test these easy recipes out and share any additions that you make in the comments section below! Stay tuned for more recipes to come.
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