The Country Cook: Apple Pie Packets
                                                   

Monday, July 8, 2013

Apple Pie Packets

In the summer, we get pretty darn good at grilling. For those of you dealing with these soaring temperatures, you know what I'm talking about. And if you've ever lost power for any period of time due to these summertime thunderstorms, then you are probably a master griller too.  So I am always thinking of fun things to make on the grill.  And one of my most requested recipes this time of year from y'all are things you can make on the grill or in your slow cooker. Keep in mind, any recipe that is made on the grill can also be made in the oven.  Generally it can be baked at 350F on a baking sheet but you may have to play with the cooking times a bit. So, come winter, if you want to make these, you can still do so.
Now, I'm adding dried cranberries to this but you can leave those out, or use raisins. My other favorite ingredient to have (if I have them on hand) are some chopped pecans.  But this is a simple recipe to enjoy some sweetened fruit with your meal.  Great for camp outs and BBQ's! My husband loves to open his packet and dig in. If you enjoy fried apples then you will love these! I think this goes really well with some pulled pork sandwiches. Yum!
Ingredients:
1 apple (whatever type you like, I used pink lady)
1 tbsp. butter
1 1/2 tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tbsp. dried cranberries, raisins or chopped nuts (optional)
Directions
Preheat grill (to medium heat). Cut a 12x18-inch sheet of nonstick foil. Place apple slices (on the nonstick side of the foil) along with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon and dried cranberries (if using).  If you don't have nonstick foil, just put a little bit of nonstick spray on the foil to keep the apples from sticking while baking.
Wrap packet securely with double-fold seals, allowing for a bit of room for heat expansion.
Place packet on grill and cover and cook for about 15 minutes over medium heat. If using a charcoal grill, make sure your grate is set at least 4-6 inches above the charcoals.
Be careful removing from heat. I just use a grill-safe spatula and gently scoop up the packet and put it on a plate. Use caution when opening packets because there will be hot steam as you open them.
We serve right in the packets.  There will be juices on the bottom of the packet. Just gently stir your apples around a bit in those juices. And eat! So good! 
This recipe is for one serving. So it's easy to take this recipe and make as many as you need for your crowd.  This would be fun to set up as a baked apple bar.  Set all the ingredients out for your guests and let them top with whatever they like and then grill them to order!

Note: This is also delicious served in a bowl and a little ice cream served on top! I will take the extra juices from the foil packet and drizzle it over the ice cream. Mmmm. Mmm. 

18 comments :

  1. What a great idea! So simple and delicious!

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    1. Just a few ingredients that pack a ton of flavor. Hope you like this one!

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  2. Perfect timing! We are heading out camping in a few hours, and I will be packing a few extra apples now! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I bet you could do these foil packets in a crock pot too!

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    1. I bet you could! Anything to avoid turning on the oven, right? :)

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  4. I would like to cook mine in the oven. How long would I need to cook them? Thank you!
    Connie Pruitt

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    1. Cousin, You're not anonymous if you sign your name after your posting!
      Cousin Betty E in Silver Spring/Olney

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  5. I'm in love that you made this on the grill, I have to try this!

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    1. Thank you! We are all about the grill and the crock pot during the summer. Sometimes I gotta turn the oven on but I try to avoid it as much as possible to keep from heating up the house! :)

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  6. These were so easy and yummy!

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    1. So happy you had a chance t try it and liked it!

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  7. Sounds delicous. I'd like to make mine in the oven. How long and what temp?

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  8. Well, I can honestly say I have never made them in the oven so you'll have to play it by ear. I would say 350F for about the same amount of time (15 min.). Just make sure you put them on a baking sheet. Give them a check after 15 minutes and see if they are tender. If not, add on more time as necessary. :)

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  9. Love this recipe! Next time I might take the peels off or cut the apples in bite size pieces. It's like apple pie minus the crust.

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  10. And a healthier treat to boot! GREAT idea...I love Pink Lady apples too. =)

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  11. I am always looking for something else to have as dessert around a campfire. It's on tap for this weekend! *fingers crossed*

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