14 Foil-Packet Meals That Make Campfire Cooking a Breeze
If you’re at all wary of campsite cooking, foil will be your saving grace. Simply pile ingredients into a square of foil, wrap them up, and let heat take its course. Ten times out of 10, you’ll end up with a meal that’s comforting and concentrated in flavor. Here are 14 ways to get hooked on the foil-pack trend on your next camping trip.
Garlic Fries: Fries are totally a meal. They do it Belgium all the time. Enjoy these well-seasoned spuds post-hike, and you’ll forever be a believer in the power of campfire potatoes. (via Kirbie's Cravings)
Shrimp Boil Foil Packets: No meal will feel more rewarding than these Louisiana-inspired packets that combine hearty shrimp and sausage with crowd-pleasing corn and potatoes. (via Damn Delicious)
Nachos: You’ve tried them in the oven, you’ve tried them in the microwave at 2am, and now it’s time to try them in a foil packet over a crackling fire. These packs seal in a lot of heat, so everything melds to the chips, and the cheese melts perfectly. (via The Cookie Rookie)
German Sausage and Potato Salad: Tender sausage and soft potatoes will be just the cure for your tired body, and the spicy mustard on the side will keep you coming back for bite after bite. (via Garnish With Lemon)
Lemon Chicken and Potatoes: This meal looks worthy of a restaurant, but that’s just thanks to a couple slices of lemon. Pile the ingredients into a pouch, and cook for less than half an hour. (via Damn Delicious)
Italian Chicken and Veggies: If you’re concerned about getting all of your veggies in while sleeping in a tent, worry not. These packs, emanating the aroma of an Italian trattoria, have five different ones. (via Hello Glow)
Chili-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes: These creative stuffed spuds show that vegetarians aren’t limited to bland mush when camping. Inside each soft sweet potato is a hearty, meat-free chili made with kidney beans and beer. (via Fresh Off The Grid)
Thai Salmon: Cook fresh salmon over a fire, and you’ll feel like a true outdoorswoman — especially if you pretend you just caught it in the river. This succulent cut of salmon gets Thai flavors from chili and fish sauces. (via Damn Delicious)
5-Ingredient Mediterranean Salmon: Pesto and crumbly feta on top of silky salmon filets will always feel restorative, no matter how hot it is outside. (via The Seasoned Mom)
Ham and Cheese Hash Browns: Breakfast at camp doesn’t have to be apples and granola bars. Piling premade hash browns, ham pieces, and a healthy handful of chedda into foil packs is nearly as easy. Add a fried egg on top of each finished pouch for extra sustenance. (via Damn Delicious)
Hawaiian Chicken: The sweet and savory glaze on these chicken breasts will likely make this your camping go-to. Serve with pre-made rice or macaroni salad for the idyllic island meal. (via Family Fresh Meals)
Pesto Caprese Chicken: Simply layer chicken, olive oil, pesto, tomatoes, and mozzarella; cook for about 30 minutes; and feast on a refreshing fireside meal. (via Damn Delicious)
Grilled Barbecue Chicken and Veggies: If you’re camping with a big group, these chicken foil packets are a filling and economical option. Each one cooks an entire chicken, smothered in barbecue sauce and surrounded by sweet bell peppers. (via Unsophisticook)
Shrimp Scampi: The shrimp lovers on your trip will be pleased to find that these are actually giant packets of shrimp, made addictive with plenty of butter and red pepper flakes. If anyone brought along another stove, you could cook pasta to go along with it. (via Damn Delicious)
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(Additional reporting by Sally Jones)
This post has been updated.
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