Classic Foil Packets - Camping - Ready to Eat Dinner

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Classic Foil Packets - Camping - Ready to Eat Dinner

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6 Servings
10 Ingredients

Any way you mix them or cook them, these Classic Foil Packets are the perfect family friendly, summer meal. Especially since you don’t even need to dirty a plate!

6 Servings
10 Ingredients


  • 10 individual Red Potato
  • 32 ounces slice Smoked Sausage
  • 2 ¼ cups slice Onion
  • 3 cups Mixed Vegetables, Frozen
  • 6 tablespoons Butter
  • 12 teaspoons mince Garlic, Cloves
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Parsley, Dried
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Basil, Dried
  • ⅛ teaspoons Salt
  • ⅛ teaspoons Black Pepper



  • Foils
  • Labels

Cooking Instructions

Freeze For Later Cooking Day Directions


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Make From Frozen Serving Day Directions

Easy Assembly/Ready to Eat

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Make It Now Cooking Directions

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    1. Amanda, I have emailed you privately. We have changed the name of the recipe. The title was not intended to offend in any way.

      1. it’s sad that you had to change the name. I grew up calling these hobo dinners too. We camped a lot when I was a child. 🙁

      2. I completely agree with Shiloh. Even the Girl Scouts still call them “Hobo Packets” It is a taste of history and a firm reminder of the 20’s and 30’s. A good discussion starter for kids and how people live differently in history from today.

    2. What an overly dramatic response. Do you even know what a hobo is? It’s a person who travels and finds work as they go. Usually they travel via train or other means. Stop being offended and start finding value in intention.

    1. I have heard that the only way to successfully freeze potatoes is to cook them first then freeze. Is this not correct? Not sure where I heard it but I believe is was a freezer meal type sight.I am just stepping into the freezer world…. need more time in my schedule and this seems to fit my issue. Thanks

      1. That actually is not true, you do not have to cook them beforehand. However, using Yukon Gold will yield the best results as they are not as grainy after freezing.

  1. Would another meat work? If so, what do you recommend? We are dairy and egg free due to allergies. I’ve yet to find a safe hot dog and stay away from sausages bc of the allergies, too. But I’d love to have some fun stuff like this. Thanks!

    1. You most certainly can use any meat that your family likes, say diced chicken, or ground beef. Anything would be delicious.

      1. I’ve made these with our Cub Scouts using ground beef. They come out pretty tasty as well. Haven’t tried freezing/defrosting so I can’t vouch for that, but the ground beef with sliced potatoes & onions isn’t bad at all.

  2. We’re going on a week long camping trip soon and I’m going to start preparing some freezer meals. When freezing these packets, do you cook the potatoes first? I freeze a lot of food but I’ve never frozen potatoes!

    1. Have a great trip! You can most certainly cook them like boil them but you don’t have to. The may turn a little black but that’s okay and they’re still good to eat.

  3. Amanda, back in the ’70’s when life was a little more simple, these were called Hobo dinners because the “Hobo’s” (self declared btw), we’re making them and eating them. It was also a great camping dinner. Have you ever asked a Hobo if he minds being called that? They were the riders of the old empty boxcars on trains. Get over it already. Maybe I’m wrong, but unless one gets on here and tells me they’re offended, I will continue to use the term.

  4. this is so great. I’m going to premix my meat and veggies and freeeze that in individual ziplocks then chop up the potatoes and wrap in foil @ camp.

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