Saturday, May 26, 2012

To Grill: Potato Packets aka Hobo Pies

This weekend, in addition to celebrating freedom by remembering those who have served our country, is also considered the "official start of summer"...and summer means grilling season, for many.   
A lot of us use our grills all year through and have our favorite go-to recipes, and this is one of mine.

It's versatile, and this can be made with any vegetable you have around the house that's suitable for cooking and eating--and when I do this it's called a Potato Packet because it's always a basic with potatoes as the main ingredient.  

It's also versatile for the reason that it can be a complete meal if you had some ground chuck to the packet, it cooks in with the veggies and the burger gives the flavor to the meal; and that's when it's called a Hobo Pie...

My basic recipe is with carrots, potatoes, and onion.  When I have them, we use in season goodies from the garden like zucchini and summer squash and have also used broccoli and any other number of good things that taste wonderful roasted.

Potato Packets or Hobo Pies

You will need: 

Fresh zucchini or summer squash                 
Butter pats, about a Tablespoon for each packet
Foil for grill
Morton's "Nature's Seasons" or similar seasoning
*Ground chuck, if desired, for a full meal in one packet

Clean and slice your vegetables and slice them to get ready to go.  I slice the potatoes into slices an inch or less, same with carrots.  The onion is used mainly for flavoring and is best in a larger chunk.  Or, if you like, rings if you want to eat them rather than only use them for flavor.

Your foil should be just under the size of a cookie sheet because you will need room to wrap and fold over the ends and top of the packet to hold in the heat to roast your veggies, yet not have the leaking that can cause grill fires.  

Spray Pam on a sheet of foil.  Pile a single serving amount of each of the kinds of veggies, starting with the potatoes on the bottom.  On top of your little mound of goodies, place the butter and then the onion(s).  

***If you are using ground chuck, do not use the butter: instead place the ground chuck, in little chunks on the top of the stack, the steam will cook it, and the amount of fat in the ground chuck eliminates the need for the butter on your pile.

Season the whole pile with Morton's Nature's Seasoning or your own favorite.

Fold up the top, and then each end to seal the packet.

Place on the top shelf of the grill on medium heat for at least twenty minutes, perhaps more depending on the size of your packet and the thickness of your veggies.  You can test one packet with a fork, but don't poke through the bottom of the packet!

I usually place these on the grill before the meat if the meat is a twenty-minute or less job.  

 Four packets, all ready to go.  If there are leftovers, they are WONDERFUL!  

This savory seasoning is the perfect compliment to the veggies and with enough flavor infused so that the potatoes don't come out bland and tasteless.

If using butter for the flavor, your stack will look like this.  This stack is ready to seal up and cook.

This is exactly the beauty I am going for in placing my potatoes at the bottom of the stack.  

My whole family loves this entree in the summer with their grilled chicken, fish or beef.  I hope that you enjoy it, too, and feel free to leave your way of making Hobo Pies or Potato Packets and your variations used....we all love to hear other versions of what is called by the same name!

Enjoy grilling and bring on summer!  


Anonymous said...

Mmmm, great idea, sounds so tasty!

Linda said...

I make these occasionally.....they are a big hit and very delicious. Have a wonderful Memorial Day!

Sunny Simple Life said...

We do taters like that too but I had not thought of adding carrots. I will now.

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

We always made these on camping trips when I was a kid! They were always a favorite with everyone. We usually only made them with potatoes and carrots and onion as a side dish to whatever else we were grilling. My parents had a tripod grill that hung over the campfire and we'd grill these right over the fire.

glor said...

Goodness, glad I stopped by. I am going to make these tomorrow. Can't wait,they sound wonderful.

TanasiGirl said...

I think I'll be trying these at supper tonight! Thanks for the new recipe:D

Julie Hinds said...

These are a favorite of mine too! We made potato and onion ones up N. this weekend. A special memory for me is that my mom made these on TV for the "Mary Brubaker Show" out of Des Moines, she had won a contest. She called them Hobo Dinner, she used a beef patty, potato, carrots and onion slices, salt and pepper, 1 T. butter, 1 t. water. In the winter 400/ 45 - 60 min. or the grill in the summer. A chicken breast is great too. Because it was on during the day, my gradeschool brought in a TV and the whole school filled the hallway to watch my mom make the recipe,that was cool, otherwise we wouldn't have seen it.