Friday, May 28, 2010

Hobo Dinners

I decided to try out hobo dinners for the dinner that I was responsible for on our camping trip. I got the idea from my SIL, Mary. I had never even heard of these things, but after doing a little reading on the internet, I realize they are quite common. This was the first time I'd actually ever cooked over the campfire, as well... well aside from roasting marshmallows or hot dogs on those long extendable sticks, anyway. It was pretty cool... true camping food and cooking at its best. :) These hobo dinners were super easy to plan, put together, and cook. And they were awesome! Everything gets so perfectly and evenly cooked with the steam created within the packet and they end up being so delicious! They're very versatile, too. Use whatever you like. I found so many different variations online. But here's what I did.

Hobo Dinners

ground beef (or any other ground meat... I used half ground chicken and half ground beef)
potatoes, sliced
carrots, sliced
onion, sliced
any other veggie you like (I added peas)

Use whatever quantity you like of all the ingredients for each hobo dinner (1 per person).

Form a patty with the beef. Lay it on a piece of heavy duty aluminum foil. Add layers of potatoes, carrots, onion, and any other veggie you like (I used peas... and Kati even put shrimp in hers, too). Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Make a foil packet around the food. Wrap again with another piece of foil (double-wrap). Place on hot coals right in your campfire. Cook for about 25-30 minutes. There is no need to flip them, as the steam within the packet will cook everything evenly.

You can also make these at home in your oven. Just bake for about 1 hour at 375-400.


The Voogts said...

Hobo dinners on the campfire. Mmmmm :) I had never heard of them until Justin told me about them. Guess that's what happens when you've never camped in your life until you meet your husband :)

Sara said...

See, I've always gone camping since I was little... but it was always in a huge, class A motorhome! :) So we did most of the cooking in the motorhome.