Foil Dinner Recipes
VARIATIONS ON THE HAMBURGER FOIL DINNER
Just a touch of garlic salt makes a lot of difference. Look at
the labels in the stores you will see that onion and garlic are
part of almost everything! It doesn't take much to make it
Use cabbage leaves to wrap it all in before wrapping in foil. A
little catsup or slices of onion makes a good addition.
Add Cream of Mushroom soup, it adds taste as well as additional
moisture. A couple of tablespoons will do just fine.
How about BBQ sauce, Worchester sauce, Heinz 57 sauce or even
Spices ... a measuring teaspoon of Italian seasoning, curry
powder or chili powder adds a flare. Try combining BBQ and chili
powder; or Italian dressing and Italian seasoning.
Instead of hamburger, try Pork Loin, or Boneless Chicken
Breast! Also vary the vegetable ingredients to include slices
of tomato, and/or bell peppers. BBQ sauces may be included
also. If you use chicken, try pineapple slices with mild BBQ
sauce. Ground turkey can be used instead of ground beef, and is
Substitute Mrs. Dash, garlic pepper, Montreal seasoning, or any
other favorite general- purpose seasoning for the pretty dull
salt and pepper usually found in a foil dinner. Add celery,
green beans, and onions into our dinners for some additional
variety. Substitute chicken for the beef, and making a pseudo
stir-fry dinner using stir-fry oil instead of butter and spices.
Also, consider replacing the hamburger meat with stew meat,
cubed steak, or chicken or turkey breasts cut into stew meat
sized cubes. As to spices, consider adding a part of a clove of
fresh garlic. Smash it first. Consider adding soy sauce,
teriyaki, or plain old steak sauce. Try adding small dough
balls of biscuit mix for dumplings.
Add a dash of Wyler's boullion granules. These add significantly
to the flavor. I typically use Seasoned Salt instead of just
plain salt. One of the main flavor ingredients, Onions. Anything
in the onion family can add lots of flavor, try scallions or
green onions. Garlic (salt, powder, crushed) can add a nice
Cook potatoes & onions in other foil packs. For dessert. Take a
banana; slice in lengthwise in the peel. Insert butter and brown
sugar into the slit. Wrap & bake.
Try boneless chicken breasts, green peppers, onion, carrots,
potatoes, mushrooms, in a cream of mushroom sauce. They are
cooked the same way as your foil packs, but are gourmet
One that we tried is the chicken with instant rice and cream of
celery soup (undiluted). I thought it was good and it cooks up
quick. You can also try baked Apples with sugar, butter, and
cinnamon. Bisquick mix is good for individual biscuits just coat
the foil with butter or oil before you plop the biscuit dough on
the foil keeps it from sticking. Baked potatoes are good and you
can put cheese,butter,etc on after they are cooked.
Do NOT, REPEAT NOT use cheese in your recipes, unless put on
after cooking. The cheese will warm and separate and the oil
will catch fire or cook the food faster than expected.
It may cost a bit more too, but try to keep your meats lean and
let the veggies add the moisture necessary.
Also, have some extra bread and cheese slices available as there
will inevitably be an accident or two (broken foil-food in
fire), and a few people who will not be to happy with the final
Don't forget extra utensils as you'll be moving a lot of
FOIL COOKERY HANDBOOK
two layers of light-weight, or one layer of heavy duty aluminum
foil. Foil should be large enough to go around food and allow for
crimping the edges in a tight seal. This will keep the juices and
steam in. This wrap is known as the "drugstore" wrap.
shallow bed of glowing coals that will last the length of cooking
time is necessary.
Hamburger: 8-12 minutes,
Chicken pieces: 20-30 minutes,
Whole Apples: 20-30
Hotdogs: 5-10 minutes,
potatoes 10-15 minutes
slices of potatoes, onion, and carrots on a sheet of heavy-duty foil
then place hamburger patty on top. Cover with slices of potato,
onion, and carrots. Season with butter, salt and pepper. Cook 20-30
minutes over hot coals, turning twice during cooking.
good are hollow vegetables stuffed with ground beef or a ground
beef/rice mixture. Green peppers, onions and tomatoes work well. Cut
the top off of the green peppers or tomatoes, remove the innards
leaving just the fleshy outer part, and stuff with whatever you want
inside. For onions, hollow out the inner sections leaving about 1/4
inch of the outer sections. I've seen the veggies cooked both in
foil and also put directly on the coals. Some people like these
hollowed out vegetables with a tuna fish mixture in them (hot or
For flavor you can lay a single piece of bacon across the bottom
of the pocket (or leave it out if you so choose).
Cut the meat into small pieces. This is not necessary for ground
For a 4 ounce portion of meat, you'll have another 12 ounces of
vegetables, including carrots, potatoes, string beans, onion
slivers, squash, cauliflower, etc.
DO NOT PACK THE FOOD DOWN!
Before you close the foil pocket, add 1 tablespoon of water and
Place the packs on the coals when they are ready to cook.
Alternatively, you can use broth in place of the water and
cooking, carefully open both ends of the foil packet first.
Allow the hot steam to escape from the foil packet. Then open
the top of the foil packet.
You can eat right out of the foil packet to minimize on dishes!
ALUMINUM EGGS (FOIL
Sausage Hash brown
and spices to taste
potatoes, scrambled egg (doesn't need to be cooked) sausage patty
and spices in foil. Wrap securely. Place on coals for 15 minutes.
DON'S HAWAIIAN DELIGHT
square piece of heavy duty aluminum foil place enough of each of the
following to make one serving:
Surround the ham slices with the other ingredients on the foil then
add 1 tablespoon of syrup or honey. Fold using "drugstore" wrap to
hold in the juice. Cook package on hot coals for approximately 15
minutes on each side.
have seen a pizza pocket dinner, made with those packages of 'flat'
dough (those tubes from The Dough Boy). You take the flat dough, and
fill the center with pizza sauce, pepperoni, cheese, with optional
mushroom, olives etc. Fold it over to enclose the 'goodies' and wrap
in 2 layers of foil. 'BAKE' 10 minutes on each side, and you might
have a pizza pocket.
variety, try peeled shrimp or scallops, snow peas, strips of red
pepper, sliced mushrooms, thin slice of ginger root. This cooks
rather quickly, usually in less than 10 minutes depending on size of
shrimp or scallops. Any type fish steak chunks cook up well with a
thin slice of lemon.
Chunks of ham, sweet potatoes (par boiled), pineapple. As soon as it
comes out of fire, I add a few mini-marshmallows on top.
Upside Down Ham,
pieces or steak, Pineapple slices (or tidbits) dash of teriyaki
sauce (or marinade) and mixed vegetables to taste.
Ham & Potatoes Au
Ham, chopped Potato, Onions, Grated cheese of your choice.
using boned chicken instead of hamburger. Cooking time is the same;
add a small amount of water or soy sauce to replace the water found
of the best foil meals I had included a combination of chicken
breasts, shrimp, snow peas, celery, and bean sprouts. Similar to a
stir-fry. The meat was place on the bottom (by the way, the chicken
had been slightly cooked prior to going), with the veggie’s on top.
Couple of dashes of Teriyaki sauce, some spices (tarragon and others
from a pre-mix spice jar). Do not turn it over; I let the veggie’s
cook in the heat from the meat. They were still slightly crunchy,
a whole chicken.
with melted butter. Take a whole lemon, slice, squeeze juice over
Sprinkle generously with Lemon & Herb spice.
leftover lemon peel & pulp inside chicken with slices of onion.
in foil. Cook until done. 40-60 minutes.
Marinated Fajita Meat (Beef, Chicken), Onions, and Green Peppers.
Serve on tortillas with cheese, salsa, etc....
small to medium potato, insert a small pre-cooked sausage or wiener.
Wrap in foil, set in hot ashes to bake. Takes 45-90 minutes to cook.
Remove and slice top and add cheese, chili or fixings of your
up a pot of chili (homemade or canned). Buy individual size bags of
Doritos or something similar. Cut an X on front of bag and open. Put
chili on top of the chips, and shredded cheese. And you have
portable lunchtime nachos/tacos. This was in my Crafting Traditions
AND SOUR PORK CHOPS
Place pork chop on heavy foil sheet. On top of each pork chop, put a
pinch of pepper, 2 thin slices of lemon, 1 heaping tbs. of brown
sugar and 2 tbs. ketchup. Fold foil to keep in juices. Cook on low
to medium fire for 20 - 30 minutes. Turn once. Great served with
1 Apple (Granny Smith or other tart apple is best) Dash
1 Tsp. butter
Dash of nutmeg
1 Tbsp. Brown sugar
Cut apple in half and core. Keep skin on. In the cored areas place
butter, brown sugar and raisins. Sprinkle with spices. Put two
halves together and wrap well in foil. Place in hot coals and cook
for 10 minutes or while eating supper. Carefully remove from fire
and unwrap onto plate. Use a spoon or fork to eat.
center of 18" x 18" square of heavy or doubled foil, place one
teaspoon of oil and one tablespoon of popcorn. Bring foil corners
together to make a pouch. Seal the edges by folding, but allow room
for the popcorn to pop. Tie each pouch to a long stick with a string
and hold the pouch over the hot coals. Shake constantly until all
the corn has popped. Season with salt and margarine. Or soy sauce,
or melted chocolate, or melted peanut butter, or melted caramels or
use as a base for chili.
a banana lengthwise leaving the peel on. Fill with three
marshmallows and chocolate chips. Wrap in aluminum foil set on hot
coals for two minutes.