Tuesday, July 21, 2009

It Ain't Food Network, But They Eat it...Tuesday!

This is one of the family's favorites. Everyone eats it really well, except for Bryson. Only because he doesn't eat anything well right now. He is at the age where the Dr. says if he eats one good meal every three days it is enough to keep him alive and he ate a good lunch yesterday. He definitely eats only when he is hungry.

Hobo Packs

Hamburger patties (1 per person)
baby carrots (however many you want for each person)
1/2 to 1 potato per person, peeled and sliced 1/4 in thick (again, depending on how much they can eat)
sliced onions or dried minced onion
Dale's Sauce (I used low sodium)
aluminum foil

First let me say the wider foil works best for this. You need room to fold it and not have stuff leak out into the oven.

Preheat oven to 350. Cut a big square of foil for each person.. Put one hamburger patty in the middle of each foil. Add a splash or two of Dale Sauce to the meat. Sprinkle with minced onion or place sliced onion on top. I used minced onion last night because everyone but me always leaves them behind, but it adds flavor. They ate the minced onion with no complaints. Top with sliced potatoes and baby carrots. You don't have to use baby carrots. I just do because it is more convenient. Next time I may try big ones but slice them because they take the longest to cook. Pull the foil up and fold it over everything. Fold the ends up a few times. Be sure you leave enough room between the top of the foil and the food, making it like a little tent so the heat can cook it. I know that doesn't make a lot of sense. Place them on a cookie sheet and bake for an hour. (If you slice the carrots it won't take as long. I checked mine after 45 minutes and the carrots were still a little hard. That's why it might be easier to slice them in half next time.)

When you take them out of the oven and open the foil, be careful, the steam can burn. Just thought I would add that since that woman sued McDonald's for the hot coffee. Don't want anybody suing me. That was a joke. Not the hot part, just the suing me part. Anyway, you can do this on the grill so you don't heat up the kitchen. But the time I tried it on the grill I burned everything. Nothing could be saved so I just do it in the oven. Better luck to you if you use the grill!

You can also use whatever veggies you want. My mom made this growing up and she added celery. My family won't eat it so I don't. You could use peppers too. You could even let everyone assemble there own and do whatever they like.

Let me know if you make this, what veggies you used and how it turned out. I would love to hear from you!


1 comment:

Ken Row said...

We usually add a little cream-of-mushroom soup in the packet.

I've seen folks add creamed corn, but I think that's a tad gross.

Mom never added any sauce, but she always sprinkled the meat and potatoes with seasoned salt and the carrots with sugar.

As for tenting the top of the foil -- everything cooks just fine without the tent, but the veggies sometimes stick to the foil.

On the grill, it might do better if you flipped the packets every 5-10 minutes. Of course, if you do that, you won't be able to tent the foil.

These are good campfire meals, too. Once you have a good bed of coals, stick the packs right on the coals and cover with more coals.

I think you can also cook these on a car's exhaust manifold, but unless that manifold is huge, you can probably only do enough for one or two.


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