The next time you hit the road to visit one of our National Parks, State Parks or local campgrounds do yourself a favor and create a delicious and simple foil packet meal after your day of exploring and fun. With a little imagination, you can create unique meals with tasty ingredients.
What are Foil Packet Meals?
Simple and easy, this fuss-free cooking method allows you to place all the ingredients in an aluminum foil packet and cook your meal over the campfire or on a bbq grill. The clean up could not be easier. Just toss the entire packet in the trash when you are finished eating.
How To Fold A Foil Packet
Place foil on a flat surface. Add your ingredients in the center of the foil.
Take the right side of the foil and fold it over to the center of your food.
Fold the left side of the foil over to the center of your food.
Fold the top and bottom flaps down to secure the foil packet.
5 Tips for Perfect Foil Packets
Heavy duty aluminum foil. Using heavy duty foil helps protect your food from the high heat of your campfire or grill. You don’t want your flavor packed juices pouring out of the packet while you turn the packets during the cook time.
Spices & Marinades. Adding the correct spices in layers will help develop flavor and season your meal perfectly. Having a bit of a sauce in that packet will help develop steam and cook your food evenly. Anything from bbq sauce, stock or water will do.
Vegetables. Correctly cutting harder vegetables like carrots and potatoes into thinner and smaller pieces helps them cook evenly and quickly. Cutting softer vegetables like zucchini on the thicker side helps them maintain their shape while cooking.
Don’t overfill the packets. Adding too many ingredients to each packet will increase the cooking time, possibly resulting in under or over cooked items. If you want to speed the process up, make multiple packets with fewer ingredients.
Seal the packet well to trap steam. Fold the packets to close them, like a package. That way you will seal in all the steam and flavor. If you just crumple or gather the packet together that will let out steam that helps with the cooking process.
- Serves 4
- Apple Mixture
- 2 large size apples (Granny Smith, Envy, Honeycrisp) cored and chopped ¼ inch pieces
- ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons butter cut into small pieces, divided
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 2 Apple pie seasoning
- Crumble Mixture
- ½ cup quick-cooking oats (Irish style if you can find it)
- ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
- ½ cup butter melted and cooled
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon Apple pie seasoning
- In a bowl add the brown sugar, flour, and apple pie seasoning, mix well. Add 2 tablespoons softened butter to the seasoning and mix well. Add in the apples and toss to coat, set mixture aside.
- In a medium-size bowl add the oatmeal, butter, flour, brown sugar and seasoning. Mix until the ingredients come together and form small crumble pieces, set aside.
- Cut four pieces of foil, 24” long, fold each piece in half and spray with nonstick spray.
- Divide out the apple mixture evenly between the four pieces of foil, keep the apples in the center of the foil piece. Add the remaining butter pieces to the top of the apples. Top all four packets with the crumble mixture.
- Seal the packets by folding up the long sides over the center of the apple crumble and folding in the ends to create a packet.
- Place on a preheated medium high heat grill for 10-15 minutes, turning every 3 minutes. Once cooked, remove from the grill and allow it to cool unopened for 10 minutes.
- Carefully open and top with vanilla ice cream and caramel.