Random Recipes #1: Hobo Packets
Updated: Sep 22, 2020
If you are anything like me, you love home cooked meals. There's nothing quite like eating something that took some care and effort--especially if you cooked it yourself. But, if you are a busy person (like me) you may lack the energy to invest a lot of time making something decent to eat for dinner. I can‘t tell you how many times I have either gone to bed hungry, or settled for something cheap and unfulfilling for convenience sake. I hope to share a recipe today that will allow you the simplicity of a convenience meal with more nutritional value, creative customization, and all-around general goodness.
Prep time: 5-10 min.
Cook time: Approx. 1 hour.
Hobo packets (or campfire packets if you want to be more PC), are one of my favorite easy meals to make. Not only are they extremely simple to put together, but they can accommodate to most food restrictions and diets (Keto, Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, even vegetarian or vegan!)
Hobo packets take about an hour to cook; but once they are placed in the oven, there’s nothing else you have to do with them until they are ready to eat!
What you need:
- Sheets of tin foil (1 per person).
- Spray oil or cooking oil.
- Arrangement of fillings, veggies, spices etc.
- 2 Tablespoons of chicken broth or water (Or more to taste).
Hobo packets can be cooked over an open fire, or more often than not, in a normal stove. As for fillings, the options are endless! I usually like to set out all the fillings 'taco-bar style' so your family or guests can choose what they want to put inside. Feel free to customize and add anything you want! Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Meats: (Feel free to skip the meats for an all-veggie packet!)
-Chicken (I almost ALWAYS use chicken instead of other meats. Usually 1 breast per packet does the trick. Let them thaw enough to chop into smaller chunks.)
-Kielbasa or link sausages
-Beef or pork (I haven’t personally tried these in hobo packets before. Depending on cook times you may need to bake these longer than an hour).
-Potatoes (Usually one, chopped, normal sized potato per packet is perfect. I usually soften the potato in the microwave for about 6 min. Skin on or off depending on your preference.)
Spices and Misc:
-Cheese (If you can have dairy, shredding some cheese on top of your finished packet is delicious!)
-Salt & Pepper
-Ketchup, Tabasco, or other sauces as desired.
1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.) Pull out a large sheet of the tin foil and cover it with the spray oil or brush with cooking oil so the fillings won't stick.
3.) Chop up veggies, meats, spices, and other fillings and place in the squares of oiled tin foil. Add the 2 tablespoons of broth to add a little moisture to steam the veggies.
4.) Wrap up ends of tin foil so that no part of the insides are exposed. And place on cooking sheet in the oven.
5.) Cook for 1 hour or until meat and veggies are tender. Unfold and enjoy!