Foil Dinners Around the Campfire

Published by Deanna Yates on

This month’s challenge of cooking over a campfire was pretty successful and earlier this week I talked about my campfire breakfast of eggs cooked in an orange shell. If you haven’t seen it yet, you really should check it out. I can hardly believe how tasty those eggs were.
But, since I only talked about the first half of the day, I wanted to share with you our dinner recipe. It was also really yummy and got glowing reviews from my husband. If you don’t know Brett, then let me just tell you that he’s not a big fan of food (I know, right?!?) so when he likes something, you know it must be good.
I decided to stick with a few standbys for dinner. The first night was burgers (beef for him, Boca for me). Nothing crazy there that warrants a post, but the next night I went with a recipe I learned on a high school camping trip – foil dinners! They are super simple to put together and even easier to cook. Which makes sense, right? If I was going camping with a bunch of kids, I’d want to make dinner as easy as possible.
With foil dinners everyone can customize their plate to their liking. No complaints about not liking carrots or wanting more potatoes. Everyone gets what they want, which makes for a much happier chef. The beauty of these is that you get to pick what goes in so feel free to improvise to suit your family’s tastes.
Start with your ingredients. I cut everything up at home before we left. It just made it that much easier once we were camping.
Easy peasy foil dinner recipe. Great for summer camping or backyard BBQs.
Next, layer it all together. Even if you do not like cabbage, you need to use it as the vessel for all of the yummy goodness inside. It’s what keeps your food moist and delicious inside. 
Delicious and simple foil dinners around the campfire
Finally, put the packet directly on the coals and cook for 10 – 15 minutes on each side. This depends on the heat of your fire, how big your foil dinner is and what you put inside. So, you might have to check it and put it back on for more time if it’s not completely cooked. If you are cooking these for a large group, it’s great to write everyone’s name on their packet with a sharpie. It will get charred, but will help a lot when it comes to identifying them when done.
Yummy camping recipe - foil dinners!
That’s it! Super simple and super yummy. What are your favorite camping recipes? I’d love to hear in the comments below.
Simple and delicious foil dinners. Great for summer camping or backyard BBQ.
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Rachel · June 1, 2012 at 10:31 pm

We do something like these a lot when we camp! We call them hobo dinners. No cabbage, and we add BBQ sauce. Delicious!
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    Deanna · June 2, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    I like the idea of adding BBQ sauce. Might have to try that next time.

tracyann · June 1, 2012 at 12:40 am

It is good when the food is fresh but after it is cooked it looks like a toasted food. When we were in the campfire, I do love to cook cheese and mallows. Aside from it, you can also try to cook fish in the foil, the taste is better that the vegetables.

@sarahewelch · May 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm

I grew up eating these quite a bit with two changes: 1) no cheese 2) We cooked them under the hood of our van while we were driving! We had booths at craft fairs a lot & money was tight, so we would do this and have food upon our arrival 🙂

    Deanna · May 30, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    oh my goodness! This is too funny! But, I bet they were delicious and they were nutritious. Thank you for sharing.

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