Monday, July 25, 2011

Hobo Packets

This next recipe is man-food to the max. Well, at least it is for my man. He is a true meat and potato lover.  I gotta admit, so am I. Hey, it just goes together so well. So when I decided that I would combine some steak with the usual Potato Packets that we love to eat, my husband was over the moon excited.

This isn't exactly a new concept. Folks have been making these for years as camping meals. Hence the name, Hobo Packets. You can pop your meat and veggie in a foil packet, cook it over a campfire and you got a delicious and easy meal.  A lot of us learned how to make this in the Girl or Boy Scouts. Of course, when I was younger, we always just made it with ground beef.  That works great too. Add in onions and green peppers for a fun twist of flavor!
Ingredients:
2-3 steaks 
(Ribeye or Flat Iron steaks work well, about 2 pounds)
Olive Oil
1 small onion, diced (optional)
2 large russet potatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 tbsp. butter
Salt & Pepper to taste
Your favorite steak seasoning (optional)


Directions:
Tear off 4 large square sheets of aluminum foil. Drizzle all 4 foil aluminum square pieces with olive oil. Put 1 tbsp. of butter on each foil sheet. Dice potatoes into cubes (about 1-inch). Leaving the skin on. Divide up the cubed potatoes and place on top of the butter on each aluminum foil square.
Evenly sprinkle minced garlic and diced onion over each of the four servings.
Then sprinkle with kosher salt & pepper. Drizzle with a bit more olive oil.
Put steak pieces on top of potatoes. Season with a bit more salt & pepper or your favorite steak seasoning.
 Drizzle with a bit more olive oil and put another pat of butter on top. Also, another good tip to keep your meat from getting dried out while cooking is to add a large ice cube on top of the meat!
(Um, I got a bit carried away with the butter...)


Fold up each of the sides to make a nice little bed for the potatoes, making a square, so none of the butter and oil can escape while cooking.
(Someone please tell that girl to put some lotion on her hands.)
Preheat grill to medium-high heat (or oven to 350 degrees). Grill packets for about 35-45 minutes. Check periodically for doneness. Be careful when opening the packets because the steam is gonna come outta there fast and furious. Now dig in!
Serves 4


Cook's Note: I try to get the better cuts of steaks when they are cheap. When a really great sale is going on, I grab up what I can afford and pop it into the freezer for uses like this. But if you want to make this and just can't afford the steak, just substitute with ground beef. It will still be a satisfying and filling meal!

Enjoy!

33 comments:

Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny said...

What a great idea! Wow I bet those potatoes are so flavorful, yum! :)

Lizzy said...

My hubby would be over the moon, too (they are so much alike...LOL). Great idea~

Lilly said...

What a great and easy recipe. I think everyone loves the potato/meat combo. The butter reminds me of Paula Deen, she gets carried away with butter as well!

Ella said...

Oh my goodness! This looks so good and so easy!! I'm from Tennessee and we love our meat and potatoes down here!!

God bless.

Ella

Holly said...

Mmmm looks delish! I need to make these soon!

Sandra said...

This sounds delicious..your second photo from the top gave me an illusion that you tossed it in the air:)) looks awesome and great idea!

Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks said...

Ummm. Is it dinner time yet? I want these!

caroolinaheartstrings said...

Wow do I love packets. Yours just looks fantastic as always. Come over and visit. We have a great grilled squash recipe today in a packet. We must think alike right?

Adora's Box said...

Hey, delicious food and no washing up. Who'd say no that?

Becky said...

Brandie-I have made these packets before using ground beef, but yours using steak look pretty good. The meat and potatoes have a wonderful flavor, when cooked together. Thanks for sharing.

Erin said...

Kind of makes me wish I liked camping! Looks like a great recipe for at home too!

sliceofsouthern said...

I'm a meat and potato kinda girl...you're making me hungry!

thecompletecookbook said...

What an awesome idea! Oh an you can never use too much butter, no really, you can't.
;-) Mandy

Veronica Gantley said...

My inner cavegirl is telling me Yum! I remember these when I was camping. Why is it food tastes so good when you are camping?

Gloria said...

Look really Yumm! gloria

Deborah Dowd said...

As a Girl Scout we used to do this with chicken and it was delish- I am trying your version on our next camping trip!

royalegacy said...

My mom made these with hamburger patties and added carrots. Hm...I think I have dinner for tonight. Thanks!

Muriel Miller said...

Oh Brandie I love the name of these! You make me laugh and I love the whole inner cave man part! He he :). These look delicious by the way

Cari Savage said...

Looks yummy! We make something similar to this at our house, except we use chicken and mesquite seasoning (the dry mix by Grill Mates). We throw some onions and green beans in there too, as well as the potatoes, and it's rather heavenly. My hubby just calls it "campfire chicken". It's a favorite at our house.

Jamie said...

This sounds amazing. My husband would love it. More the Merrier Monday will be open until Wednesday at midnight. I would love for you to stop by and link up your recipe. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

Sherri @ The Kitchen Prescription said...

I like that idea so much and so excited not to wash any pot and pans...so excited in fact, it's getting served up right in the foil! Now, I just need to stock up on the plastic cutlery and I'm all set.

Air Purifiers said...

Cute idea! I'm going to make this for our next bbq :D
-Carrie

Nicole said...

I made these the other night, and the meat was AWESOME. So much better than I've ever managed before. My only problem was that the potatoes were still hard, even after I extended the cooking time. Comparing to your picture, I don't think I diced them up small enough so I will try that next time. But it got me thinking..have you ever used the precooked/frozen ones, like Ore-Idas, for this recipe? Do you think those would work or would they get too mushy?

I'm loving your blog! I've got cube steaks in the crock pot right now, the 3rd recipe of yours this week. :)

The Country Cook said...

Hi Nicole! That is so awesome to hear! So glad you liked how it turned out. I guess I should have been more specific in the post about what size to cut up the potatoes. I'll get that corrected. It's a good question about the frozen potatoes. I haven't actually tried them with this. They just might work. Gotta be real careful about the mush factor though. Would be a fun experiment to try!

Winnybee said...

Hello
I camp LOTS!!! what a great thing to cook quickly and looks like you could predo them and put in a zip bag then it is just cook it wow love it Thanks

Mary T said...

Hey, I love camping and I love these meaty packets, too. I also like to put carrots in them. With the issue of the under-cooked potatoes, what I usually do is throw the potatoes in the microwave for a few minutes to soften them before I cut them up and add them to the packets (assuming I'm making the packets while I'm camping, I cook the potatoes and carrots a bit in the micro before I leave, and then cut and create the packets at camp). Otherwise, I've had the same issue; under-cooked potatoes and perfectly cooked meat. And meat-wise, you GOTTA try the marinade mix on the side of the Montreal Steak Seasoning jar. Soy sauce, MSSeasoning, and a little veg or olive oil. Perfection. Yum! b

Anonymous said...

We use to do this camping making 2 hamburger patties and putting thinly sliced potatoes slice of onion and slice of tomato on one patty and crimp two patties together and wrap in foil and let cook while we set up camp site and dinner was finished when campsite set up. Delicious.

Anonymous said...

We add some cut up carrots and call it hunters stew. We cooked it in coals on an open fire. Next to it we would add another foil pouch with a peach half, pat of butter, a dab of brown sugar, a few mini marshmallows and a few chocolate chips. Fold up just like the hobo pockets and heat on the grill or in hot coals. Makes a yummy dessert.

Kim Honeycutt said...

Do you think these could be done in the crock pot? That's my favorite way to cook.

Thanks for the recipe! Pinning it!

UnderThePaperStack said...

Made this tonight with cut up round steak YUM!! Thanks for sharing!!

UnderThePaperStack said...

Made this tonight with cut up round steak YUM!! Thanks for sharing!!

Vicki said...

I sometimes use sliced potatoes in the can along with canned sliced carrots drained well. I make my seasoned hamburger patty or turkey burger with a lot of sliced Viidalia onions, then add the potatoes & carrots. Season with salt and pepper & no waiting for veggies to cook so long when in a hurry. Yummy!

ewhatley said...

These look delicious and easy and by the way, there's no such thing as too much butter!