On days when barbecuing calls for a full meal (rather than only salad accompaniment), try these veggies in foil packets. These are easy and adaptable to what you have on hand.
Tear a piece of aluminum foil about 16-18″ long for each person attending. Lay the foil pieces shiny side up on your counter or table. Spritz the center area of each with spray oil such as Pam (or brush with butter or oil if you prefer.)
I usually slice up potatoes, carrots, onions, and mushrooms onto each piece of foil. You can add other veggies that suit your family and guests, or are in season. If you want, you can tailor each packet to the individual’s taste.
When you have a mound of vegetables the right size for each serving, dot each with butter. Salt and pepper to taste, and add fresh snipped herbs.
Now take the long ends of the foil face together and fold them over, together, several times until they’re snug against the veggies. Smooth the packet somewhat even. On both remaining sides, fold the corners in, then roll up the foil to the veggies.
Depending on your grill and the size of your packets, it may take 40 minutes to cook through, so flip them over at about 20 minutes. You can check doneness by unrolling one end and peeking in. We like ours lightly crusted against the foil.
Each person can open their packet and add salt and pepper, more butter, or sour cream as desired. Great as the main side dish with steak, sausage, or whatever meat you’ve got cooking beside the packets!
Have you done foil packs like this before? What are your favorite ingredients?