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!
(ribeye or flat iron steaks work well, about 2 pounds)
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)
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.
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!