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Tin Foil Recipes - More Dinner Fun

Guest Author - T. Lynn Adams

Here are more tin foil dinner creations.

Except for the dough recipe, all are for one packet or one person.


Bisquick Dough Recipe
2 1/4 c. Bisquick
˝ c. milk

Mix this and knead into a pliable, soft ball. You may need to add a little flour or Bisquick to keep it from sticking. This will make enough dough for two personal pizzas or several packets of Pigs in Blankets.

Pigs in Blankets
2 hot dogs per person
1/4 of a recipe of Bisquick Dough
Favorite condiments

Spray foil. Break the dough into two balls and flatten each ball. Carefully press the dough around each hot dog. Remember, it will puff so you can stretch it thin. Place the hot dogs on the foil, side by side. Seal.

Cook five minutes per side or until the dough is puffed and golden. These will cook together and form a double pig. Top with your favorite condiments. (Note: Pigs in Blankets can also be cooked on a stick over the open fire, without tin foil. Just run the skewer lengthwise through your dough-wrapped hot dog. Make sure to seal the dough well or it will puff and fall off the hot dog as it cooks.)


(This was a fun favorite and turned out surprisingly well. We used a simple Bisquick crust but rolled it very thin since Bisquick puffs. You can also try bread dough [homemade or frozen] as well as refrigerator biscuit dough. My oldest daughter saw the finished tin foil pizza and said, ‘Hey Mom, look-- pizza just like on the movie “Mobsters and Mormons”.)

˝ recipe of Bisquick Dough, see above
1/4 c. pizza sauce
2/3 c. grated mozzarella
5-10 pepperoni slices
other favorite toppings

Spray a piece of foil. Have one person hold the foil securely while you roll the dough into a thin rectangle. Brush the dough with pizza sauce. Place pepperoni slices, grated mozzarella and other toppings in a mound on one half of the rectangle (you will be folding the dough over to create a type of pizza pocket.) Now, using the tin foil, fold the pizza dough over onto the cheese mounded side. Peel back the foil. Seal the dough well. Respray the tin foil that you pulled back from the dough. Seal the foil around the pizza, leaving room for it to expand. Cook.

We cooked this for 10 minutes each side. Total cooking time: 20 minutes.


Seasoned Potatoes
(We made two packets–on with hot pepper flakes sprinkled on top and one without. They were both wonderful. Try tossing some potatoes in Italian dressing, adding cooked bacon, or even cooking potatoes with sliced pepperoni and olives for a pizza taste. Potatoes are very forgiving and work well with lots of things.)

2 large potatoes, semi-peeled and sliced
2 T. oil
˝ pkg of dry Lipton Onion Soup mix

Spray a piece of foil. Toss potatoes with oil and seasonings. Place in center of foil and seal.

We cooked these for 15 minutes on one side and 10 minutes on the other. The oil kept the potatoes from sticking to the foil and they browned very nicely. Total cooking time: 25 minutes.

Tacos in a Tin Foil Bag
(This was the only recipe to burn on us. The packet puffed up nicely, I could hear the meat sizzling and it smelled delicious, but I left it on too long. LESSON LEARNED: Have a back-up plan and, if in doubt, pull your dinner off and check it. You can always return your packet to the fire if you need to.)
˝ pound of hamburger
˝ c. chili beans
2 T. taco mix
1/4 c. water
1 c. crushed corn chips, grated cheese, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, salsa

Toss the raw hamburger with the taco mix. Spray a piece of foil. Spread the hamburger on the foil but don’t press it into a hard patty. Top with chili beans. Seal all but one side of the packet. Pour in 1/4 c. water. Seal and cook. When completed, top with chips and other items.

We cooked this for 10 minutes per side and, as you read, that was too long. I think it cooked faster than a traditional tin foil dinner because the meat was not compressed into a tight patty...or, of course, maybe the coals were just too hot there!

Traditional Tin Foil Dinner
(While this recipe turned out, I was surprised that it was the family's last choice. It stayed untouched. I will remember that next time I send family members out with tin foil dinners.)
1/4 lb. hamburger, formed into a patty
1 large potato, semi-peeled and sliced
˝ carrot, sliced
1 T. oil
1/4 c. onion, sliced

Spray a piece of foil. Place patty in center and season well. Toss potato and carrot slices in oil. Place on top of potato. Top with onions. Add more seasonings. Seal and cook.

We cooked this for 15 minutes on one side and 10 minutes on the other. Total cooking time: 25 minutes.


For more ideas, check out "Roughing It Easy at Girls Camp" by Dian Thomas. Terrie Lynn Bittner wrote a review of Thomas' book that's still available on this site. Read what she said under the "Reviews" subject on the LDS Families home page. You'll find it under "Books - General". And remember, you don't have to be at girl's camp to benefit from this great book.

Copyright © 2007 Deseret Book
Roughing It Easy at Girls Camp

Copyright © 2007 Deseret Book
Young Women Outdoor Cooking Book 1: Camp Suggestions

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