Peggy Aydelotte sends a very novel fun idea for
adult recognition. In the Alpine District at the Chief Seattle
Council in the state of Washington, the Roundtable staff there goes
the extra mile giving an award to an appreciative person who thanks
volunteers for all they
This year we gave our first annual J. Martino
Tribute Award to Mr.. Martino himself. The award is given to an
appreciative person who thanks volunteers for all they do. We give
this award because so often a good volunteer goes unnoticed, and we
want people to know we "appreciate being
Mr. Martino is a den leader and regular
participant in our Alpine District Roundtables. The award included a
card from Roundtable staff that said, "Thanks for sticking your
neck out to say thanks to a volunteer. You make our wishes come
true." I threaded a leather thong through a pair of turkey neck
bones, and hot-glued a wishbone to the neckbone. You could probably
carefully drill through the wide part of the wishbone, and thread
that on the thong as well. We presented this "lovely"
award to him Olympic medal style.
Peggy Aydelotte, Alpine District Roundtable Staff,
Chief Seattle Council, WA
Rik Bergethon compiled this list of foil
dinner/dessert recipes for his Roundtable in Pueblo,
Foil Cooking Recipes
A compilation of sources
Gathered for a Roundtable
VARIATIONS ON THE HAMBURGER FOIL
Just a touch of garlic salt makes a lot of
difference. If you look at the labels in the stores, you will see
that onion and garlic are part of almost everything! It doesn't take
much to make it great.
I like to use cabbage leaves to wrap it all
in before I wrap in foil. A little catsup helps for some boys. I
also add a few slices of onion. Around here, we never seem to have
enough. The kids all go for seconds!
We add Cream of
Mushroom soup to our "hobos." It adds taste as well as
additional moisture. A couple of tablespoons will do just fine.
How about BBQ sauce, Worchester sauce, or
even Italian dressing?
Spices - a measuring teaspoon of
Italian seasoning or of curry powder or of chili powder wouldn't
hurt it either.
You might be able to combine BBQ and chili
powder; or Italian dressing and Italian seasoning; I don't recommend
mixing Worcestershire and curry powder though.
spiced up our "hunters pack" aluminum foil dinners by
adding Heinz 57 sauce. It is the boy’s secret ingredient. It
really makes a big difference. We've had boys finish one dinner and
return to make seconds and thirds until all the ingredients are
gone. I remember some were just cooking the leftover onions or
potatoes as long as they had the Heinz 57 left to spice them
Instead of hamburger, try Pork Loin, or Boneless
Chicken Breast! Also vary the vegetable ingredients to include
slices of tomato, and/or bell peppers. BBQ sauces may be included
If you use chicken, try pineapple slices with mild
Ground turkey can be used instead of ground
beef, and is "more healthy".
Mrs. Dash, garlic pepper, Montreal seasoning, or any other
favorite general- purpose seasoning for the pretty dull salt and
pepper usually found in a foil dinner. We've added celery, green
beans, and onions into our dinners for some additional variety.
Also, consider replacing the hamburger with stew meat,
cubed steak, or chicken or turkey breasts cut into stew meat sized
As to spices, consider adding a part of a clove of
fresh garlic. Smash it first.
You might also consider
adding soy sauce, teriyaki, or plain old steak sauce.
adding small dough balls of biscuit mix for dumplings.
addition to the ingredients you mentioned, I always use onion,
bell pepper, radishes, Lowry's Seasoned Salt (and/or Lowry's
Seasoned Pepper), and Worcestershire sauce. In addition, I sometimes
will use barbecue sauce and if someone thinks to bring some along,
sweet potatoes (try it!). I have also seen other people use soy
sauce, Tabasco, etc.
One of my favorite additional
ingredients in a foil dinner is a dash (maybe a big dash) of Wyler's
bouillon granules. These add significantly to the flavor. I
typically use Seasoned Salt instead of just plain salt. You also
left out one of the main flavor ingredients, Onions. Anything in the
onion family can add lots of flavor, try scallions or green onions
if the boys are a little squeamish about yellow onions. Garlic
(salt, powder, crushed) can add a nice flavor.
At home, parboil (3 min.s) a Cornish hen. oil it up,
salt and pepper and wrap in foil. Cook as you would a foil pack (15
min/side). Do another pack of just thin sliced potatoes and onion,
salt/pepper with a bit of olive oil. Makes an OUTSTANDING
Differentiate your foil packs by wrapping a length
of foil in with the folded seam; never an argument over whose pack
I have seen a pizza pocket dinner, made with
those packages of 'flat' dough (those tubes from The Dough Boy). You
take the flat dough, and fill the center with pizza sauce,
pepperoni, cheese, with optional mushroom, olives etc. Fold it over
to enclose the 'goodies' and wrap in 2 layers of foil. 'BAKE' 10
minutes on each side, and you might have a pizza pocket.
For variety, try peeled shrimp or scallops, snow
peas, strips of red pepper, sliced mushrooms, thin slice of
gingerroot. This cooks rather quickly, usually in less than 10
minutes depending on size of shrimp or scallops. Kids seldom like it
. . . it's too different.
Shark chunks cook up well with a thin
slice of lemon.
I have done chunks of ham, sweet potatoes (par
boiled), pineapple. As soon as it comes out of fire, I add a few
mini marshmallows on top. Ham pieces or steak, Pineapple slices (or
tidbits) dash of teriyaki sauce (or marinade) and mixed vegetables
Ham & Potatoes Au Gratin: Cubed Ham, chopped
Potato, Onions, Grated cheese of your choice.
Try using boned chicken instead of hamburger.
Cooking time is the same, add a small amount of water or soy sauce
to replace the water found in hamburger.
One of the best
foil meals I had included a combination of chicken breasts, shrimp,
snow peas, celery, and bean sprouts. Similar to a stir-fry. The meat
was place on the bottom (by the way, the chicken had been slightly
cooked prior to going), with the veggie’s on top. I had a
couple of dashes of Teriyaki sauce, some spices (tarragon and others
from a pre-mix spice jar). Only exception was that I didn't turn it
over, I let the veggie’s cook in the heat from the meat. They
were still slightly crunchy, almost steamed.
Take a whole chicken. Brush with melted butter. Take
a whole lemon, slice, and squeeze juice over chicken. Sprinkle
generously with Lemon & Herb spice. Put leftover lemon peel
& pulp inside chicken with slices of onion. Wrap in foil. Cook
until done. 40-60 minutes.
We also cook potatoes & onions in
other foil packs.
For dessert. Take a banana, slice in
lengthwise in the peel. Insert butter and brown sugar into the slit.
Wrap & bake.
Try boneless chicken breasts, green
peppers, onion, carrots, potatoes, and mushrooms, in a cream of
mushroom sauce. They are cooked the same way as your foil packs, but
are gourmet quality!!
One that we tried is the chicken
with instant rice and cream of celery soup (undiluted). I thought it
was good and it cooks up quick. You can also try baked Apples with
sugar, butter, and cinnamon. Bisquick mix is good for individual
biscuits just coat the foil with butter or oil before you plop the
biscuit dough on the foil keeps it from sticking. Baked potatoes are
good and you can put cheese, butter, etc., on after they are
One other point in case you are not
aware, use hard wood for making your charcoal resinous wood like
pine or cedar doesn't make long lasting charcoal.
Marinated Fajita Meat (Beef or Chicken),
Onions, Green Peppers. Serve on tortillas with cheese, salsa,
In center of 18" x 18" square of heavy or
doubled foil, place one tsp. of oil and one tbs. of popcorn. Bring
foil corners together to make a pouch. Seal the edges by folding,
but allow room for the popcorn to pop. Tie each pouch to a long
stick with a string and hold the pouch over the hot coals. Shake
constantly until all the corn has popped. Season with salt and
margarine. Or soy sauce, or melted chocolate, or melted peanut
butter, or melted caramels or use as a base for chili.
Cook up a pot of chili (homemade or canned). Buy
individual size bags of Doritos or something similar. Cut an X on
front of bag and open. Put chili on top of the chips, and shredded
cheese. And you have portable lunchtime nachos/tacos.
Do NOT, REPEAT NOT use cheese in your recipes,
unless put on after cooking. The cheese will warm and separate and
the oil will catch fire or cook the food faster than expected. We
had a few very unhappy Cubs expecting Cheeseburgers, but receiving,
well something else if you can imagine.
It may cost a bit more too, but try to keep
your meats lean and let the veggies add the moisture necessary.
Also, have some extra bread and cheese slices available as there
will inevitably be an accident or two (broken foil-food in fire),
and a few boys who will not be to happy with the final product.
Don't forget extra utensils, as you'll be moving a lot of packages
DINNERS WITHOUT FOIL
How about baking muffins in half an orange with the
pulp removed (and we hope eaten). Eggs in onion half with all but
outer few layers removed. Meat loaf (I use recipe on Quaker Oats
oatmeal box) cooked in onion half (mound it up as it shrinks while
cooking). Twist on a peeled green stick. Potatoes wrapped in
"clean" mud and baked in fire. Skin comes off with
Foil Cooking Hints
Use two layers of lightweight, or one layer of
heavy-duty aluminum foil. Foil should be large enough to go around
food and allow for crimping the edges in a tight seal. This will
keep the juices and steam in. This wrap is know as the
Use heavy foil three times the width of the food.
Fold over and roll up the leading edges. Then roll sides for a
steam-proof seal. A shallow bed of glowing coals that will last the
length of cooking time is necessary.
* Hamburger: 8-12 minutes, Carrots: 15-20
* Chicken pieces: 20-30 minutes, Whole Apples: 20-30
* Hotdogs: 5-10 minutes, sliced potatoes 10-15
Lay slices of potatoes, onion, and carrots on a
sheet of heavy-duty foil then place hamburger patty on top. Cover
with slices of potato, onion, and carrots. Season with butter, salt
and pepper. Cook 20-30 minutes over hot coals, turning twice during
ALUMINUM EGGS (FOIL BREAKFAST)
Hash brown potatoes
pepper and spices to taste
Place potatoes, scrambled egg (doesn't need to be
Patty and spices in foil. Wrap securely. Place on
coals for 15 minutes.
1 Fresh Snipe If no snipe are handy a Cornish Game
Hen will do
1 Cooking Apple
1 medium Sweet Onion
sprigs Fresh Rosemary (or from the bottle)
Lemon Pepper to
Enough foil to DOUBLE wrap the bird
At home remove the
gizzard, etc.. from bird and parboil 3-5 minutes. (You Can do this
in camp too ). also, peel and slice the onion and put it in a zip
lock bag and wash the apple. In the field spread out the first set
of foil, on it put the bird breast side-up, slice the apple, place
some rosemary, apple and onion inside the bird and place the rest
around it, sprinkle lemon pepper on and around the bird, wrap it
with first foil and then the double wrap. Place on hot coals for 30
minutes flip after 15 at 30 minutes unwrap and pull on a leg if the
bone pulls off the meat it's done> or you can check with a
thermometer. If it's done enjoy. If not rewrap and try another 15
minutes or so
1 sausage patty
1 handful hash brown
1 dash water
1 egg, seasonings to taste
double foil pack and placed on coals for 10-15 minutes. If it burns,
cut down the time.
1 sausage link
a tunnel in a potato with an apple corer, then stuff the tunnel with
a sausage link. Wrap in foil and bake on coals for in an over for
about 45 minutes.
Worm in the Apple
1 apple 1 sausage link foil
Core an apple, stuff
with sausage link, wrap in foil, cook until soft (less than 40
1 can candied yams
1 can Spam
a pat of
dash brown sugar
Slice Spam into a double layer foil
pack. Put in candied yams, the Spam, butter and sprinkle some brown
sugar on top. Seal the pack and heat on the coals for 8 minutes each
1 apple per person
3 caramel cubes per
Wash apple, cut a slice off the top, remove the core and
put the caramels in the hollow. Wrap in foil, seal well, and cook in
hot coals about 30 minutes.
½ cup Minute Rice
canned chicken, beef or
dried onion flakes
dry seasoning to taste or gravy
Form three sheets of foil into a bowl shape. In the
bottom, sprinkle and mix the dried ingredients, add canned meat, and
½ cup water. Seal and place on coal 15
Cheese Potatoes in a
1 medium potato, peeled and sliced
2 oz. Cheese,
1 lice bacon, diced
3 slices onion, separated into
1 tbs. Butter or margarine
seasonings to taste
double thick layer of foil. With a little oil, lay the potatoes on
the foil, season, scatter the cheese, bacon, onion rings and butter
on top. Seal and cook over charcoal grill fifty minutes, turning
Rice on the coals
1 ½ cups minute rice
1 ½ cups
½ tsp. Salt
tsp. Instant bouillon
Form double sheets into a bowl, add
ingredients and seal. Cook on coals 15 minutes. Serves 4
½ lb. Hot dogs, ½ cup cheddar cheese,
1 hard-boiled egg, 2 Tbs. Chili sauce, 1 Tbs. Pickle relish,
½ tsp. Mustard, ½ tsp. Garlic salt
At home grind
the ingredients together. At camp, serve on buns, wrap in double
foil, heat on coals 10 minutes (serves 3-4)
Foil Baked Fish
Filleted fish, onion, salt & pepper, lemon,
Butter double layer of foil generously and lay on
the fish fillet. Season and cover with onion rings, lemon slices and
tomato slices. Seal tightly with foil and place on grill over coals.
When steam balloons the foil, prick it once. A large fillet is ready
in 20-30 minutes. If your fish tends to be dry, add a can of tomato
Veggies on the Barbie
Foil wrapped potatoes take 45–60 min.
to potato to keep it room exploding
Sweet potatoes, yams, large
onions 45-60 min.
Foil wrapped corn on the cob, 25-45 min.,
depending on the maturity of the corn.
Baden Baked Sliced
Potato, margarine, garlic salt & pepper
Scrub and cut potatoes into thick slices, do not peel. On
double foil, place one potato, add 1 T. margarine, season, seal and
bake for an hour, turning often, on a grill, or 15-20 minutes on
1 lb. Hamburger, 1 cup Cornflakes, crushed, ½
chopped onion, 1 egg, salt & pepper, 1 tsp. Mustard, 1 Tbs.
Mix all ingredients well. Wrap a handful around a green
stick and wrap foil around meat and stick. Cook 25-30 min. over a
bed of coals, turning slowly. Make 6-7 drumsticks.
1 can boned chicken, 1-cup shopped celery, ¼
cup ripe olives, ¼ cup shredded jack cheese, ¼ cup
mayonnaise, 1-tsp. dry onion flakes hamburger buns
ingredients and spread on hamburger buns, wrap in double foil and
heat over coals 15-20 min. serves 3-4
Ham ‘n Green Bean
1 1/3 cups minute rice, 1 cup diced ham or Spam, 1
can (8 0z.) drained green beans, 1/3-cup mayonnaise, 2-tsp. dry
onion flakes, 1 1/3 cups chicken bouillon or soup
thickness foil into a bowl, add mixture and cook over coals 30-min.
2 slices bread, margarine, cinnamon, sugar, jam or
fruit pie filling
Butter two slices of bread, place buttered side
down on foil, spoon on fruit filling, cinnamon and sugar. Place that
pie on top of the other slice of buttered bread and pinch the edges
together. Seal the foil and lay on the coals for ten minutes or
more, turn for another five minutes.
Do not peel the bananas, but cut off the
end tips to keep from breaking the foil. Slit the skin on the inside
curve and fill with raisins and cinnamon sugar, chocolate or
butterscotch chips, M&M’s, brown sugar, chocolate bar
squares, wheat germ, mini-marshmallows. Place in heavy foil and wrap
tightly. Heat in coals 10-15 minutes.
This is a labor of love. I regret that I could not
include everybody’s name and source of these recipes, but you
will have to search the internet as I have. Have fun, feed
Rik Bergethon, Pueblo, CO