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Hobo Packets

Hobo packets are just about the easiest way I know of to make a good, quick dinner where each person can make the meal to their own distinct specifications. It’s also a good cold weather meal and requires only minimal prep time. You’ll need to cut up four or five ingredients. I usually use some combination of potato, root vegetables, hopefully an onion, and some herbs and spices. For our recent hobo packets, I chopped an onion, some red potatoes, a large zucchini given to me by a coworker, brussel sprouts cut in half, and some celery. I used baby carrots whole from the bag. We decided to experiment with using red curry paste, and I was extremely satisfied with the results. Salt, pepper, and olive oil are also necessary accompaniments. You’ll need aluminim foil to make your packets.

Preheat your oven to 375 degress.

Rip off a sheet of foil for each person. In the middle of each sheet, place your desired amount of vegetables. Season to preference and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap each hobo packet up as neatly, or as messily, as you’d like. Place the packets on a baking sheet and cook for about 20 minutes to a half an hour. You can test for doneness by opening a packet and piercing the hardest vegetable with a knife to see if it goes through easily. If it does, the rest of the packets should be good to go.

Remove the vegetables from their packets and place in individual bowls. Re-season, if necessary. This would also be a good time to sprinkle with cheese.

While I wouldn’t recommend cooking your food in aluminum foil all the time, this is a fun way to make individual portions for a group of people. Hobo packets also cook well on the barbecue and in the coals of a campfire.

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