Planning meals for cooking and packing the appropriate pots, pans, etc. can be a hassle and overwhelming. If you’re looking for an easy way to plan your meals, foil packets may be just the thing for you. The basic idea is that you throw all your ingredients in foil, wrap them up, then throw them on the fire. The foil does a great job of keeping all the flavor in and you end up with a delicious, hearty meal.
When I’m camping, I always work up an appetite so a staple foil packet for me consists of meat and potatoes. This gets you some carbs and protein in a painless little packet. This is such an easy meal to make and there are so many different renditions that you can do to make it your own. Below I list the ingredients I tend to use, but I recommend playing with the recipe until you find what works best for you. Generally, you will need:
- Idaho Dutch Yellow Potatoes
- Your veggies of choice – bell peppers, mushrooms, etc.
- Cooking Oil
- Seasonings to your liking – paprika, thyme, oregano, parsley, etc.
- Steak – sirloin is a great cut to use for these
- Cheese – I prefer parmesan but you can add in whatever you like best
Once you have your ingredients, you will want to evenly chop your fillings (vegetables, potatoes, steak) so that everything cooks at the same rate. Make sure you use heavy duty foil and parse it out accordingly to hold your fillings. Evenly divide your fillings amongst the foil and then top with the butter, oil, and seasonings. Fold up your foil packets and place on the grill or campfire (if you are prepping these in advance make sure to ice them well until you make it to your camping destination). You will want to cook these for about 30-40 min and rotate them often over the fire especially a campfire since they can cook unevenly. I recommend bringing a meat thermometer with you so you can verify that the steak reaches 135F. Then you can pull them off the fire and serve! If you try out this recipe, let me know how it goes in the comment section below!