My son had his first hobo packets (aka foil packet) dinner at a camp out at his grandparents’ house. He came home so excited about the delicious meal of sausage and sliced potatoes that he’d eaten, and I had to admit that it sounded downright delicious. He asked me to make them again that week, but there was just one problem. They had cooked the foil packets over a camp fire. And that was just not do-able for a weeknight dinner.
Ever the intrepid cook, I decided that I’d test out baking the foil packets in the oven. At best, they’d be just as delicious as my son remembered, and at worst, we could always dump the packets into a skillet and pan-fry them on the stove. Fortunately, though, no rescue was needed: the packets were perfect. Sliced sausages nestled on a bed of crispy potatoes: what’s not to love?
PS: Feel free to vary the ingredients. Red onion for white, different flavors of sausages, even thinly sliced chicken. And the veggie options are endless! Fresh green beans, summer squash, peppers, mushrooms…go wild!
What you need:
- potatoes, about 1 medium per person
- sliced onion, 1 small
- sausage, about 1 pound
- salt and pepper to taste
- olive oil
- aluminum foil
- baking sheet(s)
Time: 20 minutes prep + 30-40 minutes baking.
Serves: As many as you want! This is an easily-expanded recipe.
Multiplying the recipe: Yes!
How to Make Hobo Packets for the Oven:
Tear off square sheets of foil for as many diners as you have. (I like to make a few extra packets, in case my son and husband are particularly hungry. The packets taste best if they’re all about the same amount of ingredients, so it doesn’t work well to just bulk up their packets.) Lay the sheets out in a row on a long counter.
Thinly slice the potatoes and arrange them, overlapping slightly, on the foil sheets. Be sure to leave plenty of room around the edges of the foil to fold over and seal the packets! Sprinkle onion over the potatoes, if desired, and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Slice the sausage (I prefer diagonal slices, but I cut the sausage into smaller bits for my young daughters’ packets) and place in a single layer over the potatoes. Drizzle with a small amount of olive oil. Bring up the sides of the packets and fold over once. Press the fold flat along the middle of the packets, then fold over the ends twice to seal.
Place the packets on a baking sheet in a single layer. Use two baking sheets if you have a lot of packets. Bake at 400F for 30-40 minutes. Split open the packets to eat.
Note: The packets may also be cooked on a grill.