Boy Scout Food….the updated version

My husband was a Boy Scout. He has nothing but the fondest of memories from those years.  I’ve heard about Boy Scout Camp more times than I can count and I have loved every story.  They used to make packets of food for dinner.  It consisted of aluminum foil wrapped cube steak and a smidgen of vegetables. A fast meal to get the boys back to whatever it was they were doing at camp.

I was so intrigued by the simplicity of the idea, I came up with some combinations for great tasting meals.  I always call them Boy Scout packets.  I’m pretty sure those Boy Scouts didn’t use lemon slices, Atlantic cod, butterflied chicken breasts, fresh green beans, or cauliflower.

The beauty of these packets is they are so easy and very little mess.  If I use the grill outdoors, I use heavy duty foil or I double the thickness of regular foil. I just use a single thickness when I pop them into the oven on a baking sheet.  I cook the meat, fish, or chicken in a packet and the vegetables in another.

I’ve used cod, which is a very firm fish.  I’m sure any fish would work.  Just adjust your cooking time. I have not had a problem with overcooking due to the packets being sealed and having plenty of moisture inside. For the fish, I scrubbed a lemon and sliced it in 1/4 inch slices.  Onto the foil I drizzled some olive oil, put a layer of lemon slices, then the fish on top of the lemon, a drizzle of olive oil on the fish, season with your favorite herbs and spices, a layer of lemon slices on top, and you are ready to fold up the foil and seal the edges.  Salmon would be very good too.  Cook it on the grill about 20-30 minutes.  Like I said, I’ve had it on the grill much longer and it was just fine.

Boneless loin pork chops were totally yummy. I wrapped them up with onions and seasonings and tossed them on the grill for…….a while.  They were tender and juicy.

Tonight I’ve got butterflied chicken breasts in a packet with lemon slices and whole scallions on top.  I used garlic, salt, and pepper.  It turned out wonderful!  I let it cook at 350 degrees for 45 minutes and then turned the oven down, since we were not ready to eat right away, and let it stay hot until we were ready.

Veggies are terrific. Our farmer’s market has had summer squash, green beans, carrots, potatoes, zucchini, and lots of scallions and onions. I have also used frozen veggies along side the fresh. Here again, they only take about 30-45 minutes to cook.  I’ve left them on the grill much longer and they were just fine.  Just drizzle with olive oil, season with your favorite seasonings and seal the packet up and toss it on the grill or into the oven.

And the very best part…no pans to clean up!

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2 Responses to Boy Scout Food….the updated version

  1. Brad Weber says:

    When I was in Scouts, we called it “Burger in Armor”. We took many a hike with those frozen rations in our backpacks, and they’d be ready to cook in coals by lunchtime!

  2. Gravy Girl says:

    Brad, thanks for the comment. Lots of Boy Scouts out there. Who knew those skills over the fire would be so useful in adult life! GG

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