Thursday, January 29, 2009

Tin Foil Dinners

I lived for girl scout camp days because of this dish. Nothing tastes better than a tin foil dinner while you are camping. My tastes have changed some since I was a girl scout and the fact that my husband hates camping means I can't eat one of my favorite foods from my childhood. Over the years I've adapted the campfire version to one that can be made in the oven. The dish does not have the flavors the camp fire gives it but its a nice sub when you can't have the real thing. I know lots of people make a gravy for the meat and veggies but I prefer it without a gravy. It would not be hard to make a gravy for the dish if you like gravy. This is also one of those dishes that can vary based on your likes and dislikes. I like to keep it to two to three vegetables but my husband likes more. The recipe is for one tin foil dinner which will serve one, adjust the quantity if you are feeding more.

1/4 lb ground beef, pressed into a thin patty
1 carrot chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
1 potato sliced thinly
1/2 onion sliced thinly
garlic salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Tear a piece of foil big enough to fit your ingredients and to fold over the top.
Place beef on foil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. I then lay the onions on top of the meat and pile the carrots and potatoes on the sides with a few on top of the onions and meat. Again sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bring the foil up to the top of the mixture and fold.
Cook in oven for 30. Check to see if meat and veggies are cooked to your liking. I like to cook my meat longer than most and I like my potatoes with a little crunch. It usually take about 40-45 minutes for the dinner to come out to my liking. In the picture I posted the food cooked for about 35 minutes.

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1 comment:

  1. I can't help smiling as I read this. Last night I made shepherd's pie with almost the same ingredients; substituting the carrots for corn. It didn't turn out as expected but, this, this recipe, this way would sure have hit the spot!

    Thanks for sharing Norah...


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