19 August 2011

Recipe box: some ideas for cooking in foil

Earlier this week, I posted on how to properly fold an aluminum foil packet. Here are two recipes to practice your folding skills! These all assume that you're cooking on coals. Although you can generally cook them in a closed grill or indoor oven too, you'll need to check the food periodically to be sure it's cooking correctly.

You'll want to have thick protective gloves and tongs to help with these recipes. Also, as you check your food while it's cooking, remember to open the foil packets carefully. You want to avoid burning yourself on any escaping steam.

Also, avoid tearing the foil, so that you can re-fold the packet and cook it longer if necessary.

Pigs in a Barrel

Ingredients (serves 4)

4 Apples, large,baking
4 Sausages (chicken, pork, or turkey)

  1. Core apples, ensuring that the hole through the apple is about the size of your sausages.
  2. Insert a sausage in each apple.
  3. Wrap each apple using a fairly tight packet. If you're not using heavy-weight foil, wrap the apple in a double layer packet of foil.
  4. Place the packets in hot coals (or a grill/oven at about 375-400°F) and bake for 30 to 40 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and serve.

Corn on the Cob

Ingredients (serves 4)

4 Ears of Corn, husked
Butter or Margarine, as preferred
Salt and Pepper, if desired

  1. Brush butter/margarine all over each ear.
  2. Add salt and/or pepper to each ear as desired.
  3. Wrap each ear using a fairly tight packet.
  4. Cook on a grill grate above hot coals or fire (or in an oven around 350 to 375°F) for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and serve.

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