Hobo Packs are great for camping and just a fun way to cook (with little clean-up!). Cooking in foil combines the freshness of steaming with the intense flavor of grilling, since the high heat caramelizes the food on the bottom of the pack.
Combine your favorite vegetables and herbs (fennel, celery, carrots, thyme, rosemary). You can also add stew beef. This recipe is very forgiving.
If you’re cooking over a campfire, make sure your bed of embers is nice and hot. You can nestle the foil pouch right among the embers.
You can also cook in an oven. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and bake for 15 minutes longer than indicated below.
Place ingredients in a bowl and toss well to combine.
Stack two sheets of aluminum foil (about 18 inches long) on top of each other. Just one sheet is too flimsy and you don’t want the foil to break.
Make a mound of vegetables in the center (about half).
Optional: If you add meat, cut into small pieces so they finish with the vegetables. Place on the bottom of the mound because meat takes the longest to cook. Use high-moisture veggies like tomatoes and onions which help the meat from drying out.
Fold in the edges of aluminum and seal well. Some campers like to bring the four cornes of the foil together and crunch the foil into a funnel shape which makes for a good handle to lift in and out of the fire.
Place packs, seam side up, directly on top of the hot coals. Cook about 30 minutes. Remove from coals and carefully open. Serve warm.
NOTE: Allow the Hobo Packs to cool a little and be careful of escaping steam!