Tin Foil Dinners
There are two things kids love to do when it comes to food. First, they love to choose what they get to eat. Second, they love to eat food that they cook outside. Tin foil dinners are a great way to do both. There are many recipes out there. I’ll share one here as an example. Feel free to experiment by adding sausages, vegetables, spices, etc, to your heart’s content.
- First, a clarification—nobody makes tin foil dinners with tin foil anymore. Use heavy duty aluminum foil. Tear a piece of heavy duty aluminum foil that is about 12 inches long. Lay it on a table or counter and grease it with oil, butter, or a spray.
- Put ¼ lb ground beef, 1 chopped potato, 1 chopped carrot, and ¼ chopped onion in a row 3-4” thick in the center of the foil. Add salt, pepper, and any other spices to taste.
- Fold the sides to create a pouch that is completely closed and well-sealed. Make sure that it has room to expand. Think of a small version of jiffy pop. The foil pouch will expand as the liquids inside steam.
- Put the tin foil dinner on mature coals, meaning there are no flames coming from the coals. If you put it on flames, it’s likely to get burned.
- Flip over after about 10 minutes and remove from the fire at about 20. Coal temperatures can vary a lot so this will take some trial and error. Maybe make a couple of extra so you can have a test case or two while you determine the right timing.
You don’t have to wait for a campfire to try tin foil dinners. You can cook them in a barbeque or even in the oven (just place in a pan with the oven at 425 degrees). Some of the best results come from putting a variety of ingredients out and letting people create their own tin foil dinner. For more ideas, search the internet for “tin foil dinner recipes.” Have fun!