Do you ever wish dinner looked like this: a filling and comprehensive meal, something the whole family enjoys, where everything is finished cooking at the same time, and there is little to no cleanup involved. Sound too good to be true?
That’s the beauty of foil pack meals! Similar to “one pot meals,” with foil pack cooking you can typically cook all the necessary elements together at the same time, making it a more efficient method of cooking, and leaving less mess to clean up after.
In addition, cooking your various recipe ingredients together in a sealed packet of heavy duty aluminum foil allows all the flavors to steam and marinate together so your meal comes out juicy and flavorful. The foil also helps the food to cook much quicker than it would using ordinary preparation methods and it prevents the juices from escaping, making cleanup a breeze.
While foil pack meals can make great techniques for your grill or oven, our preferred method at the moment is campfire cooking! After all, don’t things just taste better when grilled over an open fire in the great outdoors? (Not to mention, it’s prime camping season right now. Check out more camping resources and recipes at the bottom of this blog post.)
We hope you’ll give these recipes a try regardless of what cooking option you use.
Note: if you prefer to use another method of cooking, each of the recipes below include alternate cooking options as well as helpful tips and recipe variations.
Foil Packet Recipes Perfect for Camping:
Foil Pack French Dip Sandwiches
Make melty, savory sandwiches for the whole family with pull-apart French Dip Sandwiches! Start with a loaf of Martin’s Potato Bread, then stuff every other pair of slices with roast beef and provolone cheese and coat everything with au jus butter. Wrap the entire loaf in aluminum foil and roast on the hot coals of your campfire until warm and delicious.
Serve with au jus sauce on the side which you can either prepare in advance or in a pot over the campfire while the sandwiches are cooking.
These sandwiches are more of a roast beef and cheese “melt” than a grilled panini-type sandwich. If you would like your sandwiches more toasted, try wrapping each individual sandwich in its own foil packet so that the edges get more direct heat. With this method, however, be sure to reduce the cooking time; it should only take a few minutes per sandwich, depending on the strength of the fire.
Get the full recipe at: https://potatorolls.com/recipes/foil-pack-french-dip-sandwiches
Swirl Bread Campfire French Toast
Let your campfire cook brunch for the whole family in under an hour, while you sit back and enjoy the scenes of nature. Take a loaf of your favorite Martin’s Swirl Bread (we suggest Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl or Maple Brown Sugar Swirl), place it atop some aluminum foil, then pour over a simple French toast batter, being sure to get in between the slices.
Wrap up the loaf and place it in the indirect heat of your campfire to bake to perfection. When finished cooking, allow to cool slightly, then unwrap it and top with fresh fruit and powdered sugar for a yummy sweet treat!
Tip: You can also prepare the egg-milk batter at home and store it in a sealed container in your camping cooler for zero prep come meal time!
Alternate Cooking Method:
This recipe is ideal for bulk cooking for several people at once. If you prefer your individual slices to crisp up a bit more, you could also use a traditional French toast method by dunking the bread slices in the batter, then frying on a skillet over the fire or on a camping griddle.
Get the full recipe at: https://potatorolls.com/recipes/swirl-bread-campfire-french-toast
Foil Pack Sausage Hoagies + German Potato Salad
For a quick and hearty campfire dinner, roast up some pre-cooked sausages and German potato salad together in a foil packet. Then serve as sausage hoagies on Martin’s Long Rolls or Hoagie Rolls (depending on the length) topped with Dijon mustard, with the warm potato salad on the side.
German potato salad is a popular variation that uses a base of vinegar (and often mustard) instead of mayonnaise. It also incorporates savory ingredients like bacon and onions for a bold flavor profile. While it can be enjoyed either warm or chilled, it is most commonly eaten warm.
For added convenience, par-boil the potatoes in advance before you leave for your camping trip. Store the mostly-cooked, cubed potatoes in a sealed zip-top bag in your cooler. This way, when it’s time to prepare your meal, all that’s left is to meld the flavors together and warm everything up.
If you prefer your sausages with more char, you can roast them on a stick over the flames or grill them up on a camping griddle while the potato salad cooks in the foil packet.
Get the full recipe at: https://potatorolls.com/recipes/sausages-with-german-potato-salad
More Camping Resources
- Use a pie iron tool to make various types of mountain pies, including egg and sausage, fruit pies, pizza, and s’mores!
- Make mac and cheese in a disposable aluminum tray over your campfire to use as a topping for these amazing Mac & Cheese Burgers.
- Test out creative s’mores recipes like Pretzel & Peanut Butter S’mores on toasted Martin’s Potato Rolls!
Find more recipes at: https://potatorolls.com/recipes
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