Today we have a video from Brent Rose at About.com on how to make a simple yet delicious hobo stew. Simple and cooking go very well together especially when you are out family camping.
The wonderful thing about hobo stew is that, as Brent puts it, you can use just about any ingredient you have or want. This makes it very easy to tailor a meal to suit special dietary restrictions such as for folks with diabetes or those needing low fat or low sodium. It is also a great meal for the kids to help with as they can make their own.
There are only a few things besides ingredients that you will need to make the stew.
* Tinfoil-enough to have two layers for everyone’s packet.
* Butter or an oil like olive oil
* A sharp knife
* A cutting board
* A pan or small bucket for washing the vegetables
* Clean water
The making of hobo stew is centered around the use of the layers of tinfoil. But before you begin, there is the matter of making sure that the vegetables are good and clean. Brent demonstrates the cleaning, but his water sure looks awful dirty-Yuck! Make sure you use clean stuff.
Once the veggies are clean, it is time to start chopping. Cutting the pieces into chunks like Brent does is best, watch the thickness of the potatoes as they will take longer to cook. Thin is best for them. Once everything is cut up, Brent lays the fixings in a row assembly line style. This makes it a lot easier to add just what each person wants.
Before assembling, he suggests that you add the butter or oil in the center of one piece of foil to make a non-stick section. If you prefer you could probably use a non-stick spray for this.
He then goes on to show how he lays out the vegetables and other ingredients on the foil. He suggests putting the potatoes at the center so that they cook faster.
Brent adds a can of mushroom soup as his secret ingredient, but I am sure that this could be skipped or some other soup like cream of onion instead. This helps to add some extra moisture to the stew.
Once he has put all the stuff together, he folds the foil in from the side, and rolls the ends to seal it up tight. Then he places the first packet inside the second piece of foil before putting the whole thing inside the coals of the fire.
If you watch carefully, he demonstrates the proper way to make a pocket in the coals for your stew. Putting a layer of coals on top is a big part of the cooking process.
Once the packets are in the coals, the hard part is done. Brent suggests letting the packet cook for about 8 minutes on one side and then carefully uncovering it, flipping it and re-covering the packet for about another 7 minutes give or take.
After that he says to take it out of the fire-be careful it is hot-and let it cool a bit. Unwrap and enjoy!
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