Friday, April 25, 2008

In depth look at our camping dinner.

Okay, I can't really go too in depth considering we had foil packet fajitas. But they were damn good. I know most of the people that read this blog use foil packets for cooking dinner when they are out camping (or at least know that it is one of the best/easiest ways to make a good campfire dinner), but it was only the second time that Brian and I had done this. The first time did not turn out so well (raw potatoes + burnt steak= bad packet experience), but we made up for it this time! They are very easy to do, they can be prepped ahead of time, they can be made out of just about any ingredients, and there are no cooking utensils required (no pan, no grill, no dutch oven, no mess).

Here is what we did:

Foil Packet Fajitas
2 chicken breasts thawed and cut into strips (one breast per person)
1 green bell pepper cut into thin strips
1 red bell pepper cut into thin strips
1 yellow onion cut into thin strips
1 bottle of your favorite fajita marinade, or concoct your own
salt and pepper
2 large pieces of heavy duty foil (again, one per person)
extras (shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa)

Marinate chicken and veggies in marinade for at least an hour up to 24 hours.
To prepare packets, lay out each piece of foil and divide up chicken mixture between the packets, sprinkle on a little salt and pepper, and then wrap up very tightly. Any open seams will cause the juice to leak out of the packet when cooking, and the chicken will get dried out.
To cook, place on a grate over the fire if one is available on the fire ring, otherwise place them around the edge of the fire. Make sure to place them out of a direct flame or they will burn. Cook for 40 minutes, turning over every 10 minutes to keep the packet from burning.
Once cooked, open packets, dump into tortillas, add cheese, sour cream and salsa, and enjoy!

See how easy that was? This is what we will probably do from now on when going camping. They sure do beat brats.

Oh, and here is a picture of our famous breakfast burritos. They are filled with eggs, cheese, sausage, mexican sour cream, and salsa. YUM!