Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Bleu Cheese Burger and Veggie Foil Packet

Foil packets are great for camping, but even if you aren't cooking over a wood fire, you can make these at home on the grill (gas or coals). Easy to make and customized for every eater in the house, foil packets offer easy prep and clean up. Below is my newest creation, but feel free to substitute veggies, meats and cheeses of your choice!

For EACH foil packet:
1/4 pound ground round
1 potato, peeled and very thinly sliced (can substitute canned potatoes)
1/4 of a green pepper, roughly chopped
1/4 c. chopped onion (preferably sweet onion)
1/2 c. (nice handful) fresh green beans, rinsed and trimmed (can substitute canned)
Seasoning salt (we use Lawry's)
Granulated garlic
Fresh-ground pepper
2 heaping Tbsps crumbled bleu cheese
 (can also use shredded cheddar, but sprinkle on top after cooking)

1 sheet of Heavy Duty aluminum foil (about 15x18 inches)

Place potatoes on the bottom of the foil (shiny side up so it is on the inside), sprinkle pepper, onion, green beans and 1 Tbsp. bleu cheese on top. Heap in the middle with room on all sides to fold foil later. Sprinkle with spices, then crumble ground beef on top to cover the top of the vegetables. Sprinkle meat with additional spice as desired. and put the remainder of the bleu cheese on top.

Fold up long sides of the foil and double fold to seal. Be sure to leave room for expansion as the foil meal heats up. Next double fold each end of the pocket and seal making sure it again is roomy for expansion.

Place on grill (or wood fire) on high for 8-10 minutes. Carefully turn foil pocket over and cook an additional 7-10 minutes taking care not to puncture the foil. (If you happen to put a hole in the foil....quickly remove and wrap with a second piece of foil so steam doesn't escape. Total cook time should be 15-20 minute if you cook it on high. If you hear it sizzling, you can move the foil pack to a cooler part of the grill or camp fire.

Carefully open foil pack by scoring an X in the center of the foil pack -- steam will burn, so make sure an adult does this part. You can top the meal with shredded cheese which will melt quickly because of the heat.

Eat straight out of the foil pack - be sure to put the foil pack on either a paper plate (foam plate will melt) or a glass plate. Dip hamburger bits in ketchup if you'd like!

Obviously, there are many variations to the foil packet meal. Experiment with different veggies and meats. Just make sure you cook it thoroughly!

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