Monday, September 27, 2010

Friday Night Camp Out, Gourmet Tin Foil Dinners

We decided to go camping this past weekend on a whim.  I wanted to keep it close to home, so we set up camp in our backyard.  I wasn't feeling up to packing everything up and using a potty that wasn't my own... I've gotten really lazy in my old age... plus, my kids are young enough that I can get away with it.  I used to be quite the outdoors woman in my college years.  I almost majored in Recreational Therapy, which will come as a shock to many who know me now.  I did try to make our camp out as much like REAL camping as possible, so we lit our fire pit, set up our tent and  I made these yummy tin foil dinners, which could easily be taken and made on a REAL camp out.  The kids loved cooking them and gobbled them up!  After our tummies had their fill, we just sat around the fire, telling stories and looking up at the stars until bedtime.  I have to say, it was a great use of a Friday night!

Basil Balsamic Marinade

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Combine ingredients and whisk until incorporated.

Gourmet Tin Foil Dinners

Basil Balsamic Marinade
2 red bell peppers, chopped into bite sized pieces
2 zucchini, sliced into bite sized pieces
8 oz. baby bella mushrooms, sliced
1 large red onion, diced
32 ounce bag of frozen, southern style hash browns, thawed

1.  Combine the marinade and the mushrooms and allow to sit in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
2.  Tear approximately 12 inch sheets of aluminum foil.
3.  On the dull side, layer potatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, red onion and then mushrooms.
4.  Drizzle a little of the left over marinade over the top.
5.  Fold the aluminum foil in half and roll it down tightly to keep any steam in.  Do the same on the remaining 2 sides.
6.  We cooked ours in a fire pit using briquettes.  Once your briquettes are grey, place your foil dinners on top.
7.  Cook for about 20 minutes or until they are cooked through.  The time will vary depending on how many coals you use and how hot they are.
8.  If you want to bake your foil dinner in the oven, bake it in a preheated 350 degree F oven for about 20-25 minutes.

(If you wanted to add in some protein, cubed seitan would work well.  You could even toss in a handful of pine nuts, which would be tasty.)



Morgan@LittleHouseofVeggies said...

I totally want to make this! I will have to do it in my oven though, unless you are up for campout #2!!

aimee said...

Sounds like fun! I'm not much of a camper either:)

The Health Seeker's Kitchen said...

It looks like a fun time:) Having raised 3 scouts, I have made my share of foil dinners. They always taste so good outside. Yours looks yummy!

The Shenandoah Vegan said...

I always forget about making those tin-foil meals. Mr. SV once camped in our front yard, I think he wanted to be closer to the front door in case a critter came along and he had to run.

Kashyap P Ram said...

I am going on camping this weekend and this is my staple for one night. Thanks for sharing.