One Packet Meal
This recipe is an adaptation of one I found in a Off-Roading cookbook and works great on top of a braai or wood fire. It usually goes down a treat with everyone. Requires a bit of prep but once you start cooking it's a breeze. The ingredients are a suggestion and what I normally use but feel free to adapt it to your own tasteIngredients:
- Baby Onions
- Baby Corn or Can of Corn Kernels (Drained)
- Bacon Bits
- Garlic Gloves
- Salt and Pepper (To season according to taste, I suggest freshly ground)
- Herbs (According to preference, I suggest Rosemary)
- Heavy Aluminium Foil and/or Aluminium Tray
Wash potatoes and cut into pieces, approximately 2.5cm in size. You can peel the potatoes, but I prefer the skins on for the added texture when eating.
Do similar to the carrots, alternatively use whole baby carrots for style.
Peel garlic gloves.
Depending on the the amount you are cooking, lay the heavy aluminium foil down on a flat surface, shiny side up, and double up the length required to place the all ingredients down. You will be folding this over the ingredients to form a packet. The packet will swell while cooking so ensure there will be space for this to occur. For large amounts use the foil tray/pan.
Butter up the bottom of the aluminium before placing all large ingredients down.
Place all large ingredients down on the foil, including the bacon, garlic and corn. If doing a packet make sure you only place on half the foil with space to seal the sides and top.
Pour a small amount of wine over the top of the ingredients (this will be used to assist with steaming while cooking). For added effect use red wine or even beer (provided you can spare it).
Season with salt, pepper and herbs.
Sprinkle a layer of sugar over all the ingredients (not to much). This will help bind some of the liquids and give the overall meal a sweeter taste (a nice sauce).
Put some more butter, cut into cubes, among the top.
Fold the aluminum to close the packet. It is important that you seal the packet properly to keep the steam in. I suggest folding the seams over at least wtice to ensure the seal.
If using a tray, seal with an aluminium foil top, shiny side down.
Finally place on the fire/grill and leave to cook. Cooking time will vary depending on quantity, usually half an hour to an hour.
Warning the packet will be hot, so use adequate protection, and be careful when opening the packet as the steam may scald you.