As a novice camper, I am not exactly well versed in camping food. As a result of my ignorance, I was pretty impressed with the concept of foil dinners, which involve packing everything you want to cook together in a foil packet and throwing it on a fire (in our case, hot coals) to cook while camping.
We tried out these dinners on our recent camping trip to the Delaware Water Gap with great success. We were car camping here, with the luxury of our cooler to keep our dinners fresh until we cooked them. Still, we went with Kielbasa as the meat because it is pre-cooked and juicy.
- Cut two 18 inch pieces of foil to make a two-layered packet. Heavy duty foil is best.
- Place a portion of each of the following (enough for one hungry person): Kielbasa, sliced onion, red fingerling potatoes, sliced mushrooms, several pats of butter (about 2 TB in total), salt and pepper. We figured the butter would ensure some good juiciness and flavor (and it did).
- In a stroke of genius at the final stage of packet making, we added a spring of fresh rosemary.
- Fold over the top layers, then the sides, making a neat packet and sealing the edges.
- Place on hot coals and cook for 40 minutes.
- Devour greedily. You have hiked all day, after all.
Delicious! I would probably eat a foil dinner like this any night, camping or not.
Breakfast the next day was less exciting — a can of Bush’s baked beans shared between the two of us (but it was still good).