Tuesday, 11 May 2010
I wonder if you would all be surprised to find out that when I was a girl I was a Brownie and then a Girl Guide??? Probably not!!
I just loved the program and all the things that I learned from being one of the girls. I had ever so many badges on my sleeve, and have many, many fond memories of hours spent . . .
Camping out and learning all about the heavens and stars . . .
Learning how to make a bed properly, give bed baths, first aid and take care of the sick and infirm . . .
Learning how to tie knots and make traps . . .
Learning how to cook, simple things like tea and toast, and cooking over an open fire.
No surprise which was my favourite activity!!! I excelled at it.
It was not enough for me to open a tin of baked beans and cook them over the fire. I wanted to do things like mixing different tins and making tasty hobo stews and such! This tasty dinner is a meal in a packet. Very easy to do and hearkens back to my girl scout beginnings! Don't let the simplicity of it fool you into thinking that the flavours will be not all that . . .
These are fabulous and will have your family wanting you to make it again and again. Sure you could do it in a baking dish if you wanted to . . . but then again . . . you wouldn't have all the excitement of eating your dinner out of a foil packet!
*Cheesy Topped Burger Packets*
Delicious foil packets filled with potatoes, beans and burgers, with a tasty cheesy topping added at the last minute, and cooked until meltingly scrummy!
12 new potatoes, washed and cut into quarters
1/2 tsp seasoned salt
1/2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1 TBS olive oil
4 extra lean minced beef burgers
(I make my own up and freeze them individually so I
can take out as many as I want at any given time)
2 handfuls of green beans, trimmed and blanched
For the cheesy topping:
10 ounces shredded strong cheddar cheese
8 slices of smoked streaky bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 package of spring onions (about 6) trimmed and then chopped
2 heaped dessert spoons of mayonnaise
1 dessertspoon of catsup
a few spashes of hot pepper sauce
Preheat the oven to 200*C/400*F/ Gas Mark 6. Take out 4 large sheets of heavy duty foil wrap, about 18 by 12 inches in size. Spray lightly with cooking spray.
Place the potatoes, seasoning salt, Italian seasoning and the oil into a microwaveable bowl. Toss together. Cover and microwave on high for about 4 minutes, until the potatoes are fork tender. Divide the potatoes equally amongst the squares of foil. Cut the green beans in half and scatter them over the potatoes, dividing them equally. Top each with a beef patty. Wrap the foil securely using double foil seals, and allow room for heat expansion. Place on a baking sheet. Place into the oven and cook for 30 to 40 minutes, until the patties are cooked thoroughly. remove from the oven and open the packets.
Make the cheese topping by mixing all the ingredients together. Divide this mixture evenly amongst the packets, placing it on top of the beef patties. Do not recover. Bang back into the oven and cook for an additonal 5 to 10 minutes, until the topping is melted and beginning to brown slightly. Remove from the oven.
Place each of the foil packets on a plate to serve.