May
2
2008

My Spoiled Little Campers…..

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Dinner

Ever had a Hobo or Tin Foil Dinner? I’m not a huge fan of camping, but these dinners are worth it!

My husband and boys are getting ready for their annual Father and Son’s Camping trip they go on with our church. The boys get so excited. I think it’s great they get to spend some quality time with Dad! They will all be in their element. We’ve been busy scurrying around the house to get the bags packed, snacks bought and of course a Hobo Dinner for each of them. What would camping be without a hobo dinner?

My husband asked me very sweetly if I’d make them something for their campfire dinner, so I thought I’d make them something special. Typically a hobo dinner is made with hamburger, potatoes and veggis, but I chose a yummy grilled chicken to accompany the veggis. Take a peek at what’s inside these kicked up hobo dinners.

Firehouse BBQ Grilled Chicken

6 thawed boneless skinless chicken breasts
½ Cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
¾ Cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
4 Tablespoons melted butter
2 Tablespoons Worstershire sauce

1. Place all ingredients in a large ziplock bag and marinate for at least an hour. Preheat stovetop grill pan (this is what I used) or outdoor grill over medium heat. Grill chicken for 5-6 minutes each side or until chicken is cooked through.

**This chicken recipe is one my father-in-law cooks all of the time for family gatherings. There’s never been a name for it, so I’ve officially named it “Firehouse Chicken.” I never usually measure out the ingredients, but kept track this time, so you all could enjoy. It is so simple and packed with intense flavor. If you are afraid of the Red Hot Sauce, just reduce the amount a bit, this recipe is worth trying! My 3 year old gobbled it down no problem, but my 5 year old said it was a little spicy, so use your judgement if you’re feeding it to the kids. I’m all for the little kick it brings!**

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

5 lb bag of russet potatoes, washed, cut into 1 inch cubes
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon Lawry’s Garlic Salt
½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
½ teaspoon Fresh ground black pepper
¼ Cup grated Parmesan Cheese

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Divide cubed potatoes onto a large baking sheet with edges. Drizzle potatoes evenly with olive oil. Sprinkle garlic salt, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese over potatoes. With hands, gently rub ingredients together so potatoes are well coated. Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until potatoes are fork tender and golden brown. Take a nibble then season accordingly if it needs a little more salt.

**This potato recipe is one of my classic “family favorite” recipes. I use this recipe so often because it always gets devoured. It’s a great side dish for anything really. I can’t wait to create something with all the left overs I have. Enjoy!**

Garlic Roasted Vegetables

1 lb bag of carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 onion, thinly sliced and separated
1 lb bag celery washed and cut into 1 inch pieces
2 bell peppers of choice, I used a red and yellow, seeded and julienned or cut into strips
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon Lawry’s Garlic Salt
¼ teaspoon Kosher Salt
¼ teaspoon Fresh ground black pepper
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place all vegetables onto a large baking sheet with edges. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle garlic salt, salt and pepper or vegetables and gently rub ingredients together so vegetables are well coated. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until vegetables are fork tender.

**Another classic recipe of mine. Nothing fancy or difficult, just incredibly good. The onion and peppers leave the vegetables with a perfect sweetness. It’s really fantastic. Enjoy!**

Time to pile everything up. Little mountain of goodness! I decided to pre-cook everything, so all the boys have to do is throw it on the coals to warm it, dinner in no time!
Have fun my little campers! My husband better brush their teeth. That’s always my one request, Please brush their teeth! We’ll see if it really happens!

Whether you are camping or not, all three of these recipes are classics that I make often. They are all keepers in my book! I’ve got some left overs that I’ll be transforming into something new. Have a great weekend everyone! Oh boy, what’s a girl to do with some extra free time?!!


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  1. 1
    Heather says:

    Wow – look how awesome a tin foil supper that is. All these recipes look great. I’m going to try them here at home so someday I can send such a fabulous meal with my boys on their camping trip. Enjoy your quiet girl time!

  2. 2
    Prudy says:

    Jenny:
    My boys are on the father-son campout this weekend, too. You won’t believe it, but all the food is being made by the group and they are having prime rib and shrimp!!! My little girl and I have the tradition of going out to dinner and a play while they are gone. Hope you enjoyed your free time, and your yummy dinner!

  3. 3
    nicole says:

    I love making dinner in tin foil it is always so quick and easy. This looks good.

  4. 4
    giz says:

    I like it – I really really like it – 5 minute prep time – my kinda recipe.

  5. 5
    Emiline says:

    I know what you should do with your free time- bake! And make a huge mess.
    Or you could go shopping.

    This is quite the feast! I really want to go camping now. I love spicy food, so the chicken sounds really good.

  6. 6
    Jenny says:

    HI Heather,
    It is awfully nice to cook a meal in foil, I should do it more often.

    Hi Prudy,
    Boy, your boys are really spoiled! Sounds great! This is when I wish I had a little girl to hang out with. Hopefully someday!

    HI Nicole,
    Thanks, it really is quick and easy.

    Hi Giz,
    Yah, it’s hard to pass up an easy and tasty meal!

    Hi Emiline,
    I’ve really enjoyed my “me” time, yoga, pilates, shopping, movies…..every girl deserves this from time to time!!

  7. 7
    RecipeGirl says:

    Hey, I do the same thing when my hubby takes my son on their monthly camping trips. They go with a bunch of other dads and kids and I send all kinds of goodies along. Your goodies look great- but I don’t think my son would eat the spicy chicken!

    Enjoy your quiet weekend :)

  8. 8
    Nikki says:

    Yummy, I love foil dinners I am going to try it this week

  9. 9
    Melanie says:

    Yum! And perfect timing because my boys are going on a father and son’s campout with their dad in a couple weeks and I was wondering the best way to put together dinner for them. Perfect!

  10. 10
    Steph says:

    Wow, I love hobo dinners! My husband and I LOVE camping! Hobo dinners are a must, and I must admit, I’d never even thought of pre-cooking them, it truly is genius! I will have to try that this summer! Thanks! And I am so jealous you get the whole weekend to yourself, a chance to rejuvinate!

  11. 11
    Jenny says:

    Hi Lori,
    Isn’t great to have the guys camp with the kids? The boys were so excited telling me all about their camp out!

    Hope you enjoy Nikki! Let me know how it turns out.

    Hi Melanie,
    This must be camping season, lots of little campers out there! Hope they like the dinner.

    Hi Steph,
    You are a camper huh? I could probably get through a night, but then I’d be begging to go home! My husband said their dinner was done in no time, I think I’ll precook these dinners every time now. Let me know if you give it a try!

  12. 12
    Lina says:

    I love camping! Those dishes look great!

  13. 13
    Lina says:

    I love camping! Those dishes look awesome~

  14. 14
    Kim A says:

    You know those other dads were hating Cullen, because they were stuck with gross hamburger meat, potatoes, and veggies! That toasted chicken sandwich looks heavenly by the way!

  15. 15
    Tanja says:

    I could go camping just to eat…but instead I’ll definately give these a try!

  16. 16
    Tanja says:

    This ALMOST makes me want to go camping,but I want to try the recipes anyway.

    Have some fun with your free time! Woo-hoo!!

  17. 17
    Deborah says:

    I remember my dad and brother getting to go on father and sons campouts, and I was always so jealous! I’m actually a camping lover, so I will remember this when the weather gets warm enough here for camping!

  18. 18
    Patsyk says:

    What lucky campers you have! That looks like a fantastic meal. Hope you got to enjoy your free time and did something that you love to do!

  19. 19
    Tarah says:

    That chicken looks perfectly grilled :]

  20. 20
    HoneyB says:

    Jenny, the food looks awesome! Your such a terrific Mom & wife!

  21. 21
    PheMom says:

    Oh! Hobos! We always did banana boats for dessert too. Your hobo packs look absolutely delicious!

  22. 22
    Kevin says:

    That looks like a tasty way to camp!

  23. 23
    Hallie Fae says:

    This is the perfect meal to make my boyfriend, Frank’s Hot Sauce, and garlic potatoes, what more does a man need, besides a pretty girl… :)

  24. 24
    Lisa says:

    The Firehouse Chicken will be gracing my dinner table here in the near future. It sounds sooooo yummmy! Thanks for sharing.

  25. 25
    Candace says:

    Hi there,

    I just came across your website yesterday and am feeling inspired! I made the chicken and garlic Parmesan roasted potatoes tonight for dinner with the honey glazed carrots from one of your other dinners and it turned out great…no need to go camping, I just baked mine in the oven.

  26. 26
    Julie says:

    a real hobo dinner is Chef Boyardee Chili mac (or ravioli) cold and out of a can! yup…im eating the chili mac as we speak!

  27. 27
    Natalie says:

    I just made the chicken tonight at home and it was super yummy. A little spicy for the kids, but I just put a little ranch dressing on them. My husband really loved it.

  28. 28
    Jenn P says:

    Made the chicken and potatoes tonight. Delish! Need to make extra marinade next time to pour over the chicken. It is just too yummy! And my 6 year old hates bbq sauce. I didn’t tell her and she ate without complaint! Yum!

  29. 29

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  30. 30
    Trisha says:

    Hello! Recently found your website and made the Firehouse Chicken and potatoes last night. My hubby and I loved the chicken and my girls enjoyed theirs too (left out the Frank’s on their piece). What I really wanted to compliment you on are the potatoes! My 8 year old has never found a potato that she likes outside of french fries. And my 5 year old only likes them occasionally. When my oldest daughter saw the potatoes she said, “Eww…I don’t like potatoes. Wait, those look GOOD can I try one?”. I was shocked. She tried one said, “These are SO good. Thank you for making these”, and then she hugged me! Needless to say, these will be going into our side dish rotation. :)

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