Monday, August 22, 2011

Tin Foil Dinners vs. Hobo Bundles

Here we go with my favorite no fuss recipe which really isn't a recipe at all - more a collection of whatever you've got in your fridge thrown together in a tin foil pouch and cooked in the coals until its steamy and delicious!

On our most recent excursion, an investigation of the fridge revealed:
1. Chicken
2. Potatoes
3. Onion
4. Carrots
5. Cream O' Chicken Soup

Wrap it all up in evenly portioned tin foil pouches (double foil just so you don't lose the goods during rotation), then add your favorite seasoning. Heat the coals to a nice grey and place the pouches on top! Rotate them every 7 to 10 minutes and soon you'll be biting into a delicious hobo dinner that is the epitome of camping fare.

Note to Self:  Bring along some leather gloves and tongs so you aren't fishing these little gifts out of the coals with your bare hands.
Now I've been told you should pre-cook the meat so all you're really doing is re-heating.  However, I have a strong aversion to re-heated chicken.  Soooo.... I just ignore that rule and put everything in raw.  It takes a bit longer to cook, but the result is divine. Moist and delicious chicken, tender and perfect veggies - ooh I'm getting hungry. 
Now I know this is not a revelation in cooking.  Many folks do tin foil dinners many ways.  My friend Andrea made a custom dinner for each member of her family using hashbrowns, hamburger, cheese, corn or even sliced hot dogs - whatever each person likes!  I've also made them with summer squash, tomatoes, cheese, rice and veggies. The hooligans cooked their freshly caught rainbow trout in a foil packet with butter, salt and pepper, and I thought I died and went to heaven! Really anything you can imagine can be cooked in a tin foil pouch.   

I was delighted to see that Sunset Magazine had an article this month on "modern" hobo dinners!  They call them Hobo Bundles...not the kind that are wrapped in a red bandana and tied to the end of a stick. Very Chic, vegetarian friendly, Hobo Bundles.  Check them out here Sunset Magazine Hobo Bundles.  
So here's my question to you - What do you include in your favorite Tin Foil Dinner / Hobo Bundle?  Leave a comment with your recipe. I'll try them out and award a prize for the best one. You don't have to be a hobo to cook like get cooking!


  1. Hey VTL! Try this out!
    Bacon-Wrapped Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

    Chicken Breast (cut into bite size pieces)
    Bacon- NOT thick cut (cut into thirds)
    Pineapple chunks
    Teriyaki sauce

    1. Cut Bacon into thirds. Count how many pieces you have and then keep that in mind when cutting up the chicken breasts.

    2. Drain the pineapple. Set up a workstation with kabob skewers, chicken, bacon and pineapple.

    3. Wrap a piece of bacon around a piece of chicken and thread onto the skewer and top with a piece of pineapple. Repeat twice (or until you fill up the skewer.)

    4. Place skewers in a heavy duty ziplock bag and marinate in 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce for 4-8 hours. (obviously keep them in a cooler)

    5. Place skewers in foil and baste with teriyaki sauce. Close up foil and place on coals.

    6. Check after about 10 minutes, turn over the skewer and baste again with teriyaki sauce. And cook for another 10 minutes. They should cook rather quickly because they are bite size!


  2. I like to put chicken, ground turkey, potato, carrots, onion, cream of chicken and Johnny's seasoning salt. It tastes like one of Dad's dutch oven masterpieces!