Family

One Of My Favorite Summer Dinners

I’m an Aries, which is a fire sign. I know this may sound silly to some, but there’s something special about an open fire that sparks something deep inside of me. I always feel more connected to myself, the earth and those I’m sharing it with. Campfires are a time for gathering, so it’s always a memorable shared experience with those who are closest to me.

Tin Foil Dinners

My second favorite thing about a campfire is cooking on one. Two weeks my family made tin foil dinners in our fire pit and it reminded me why they’re one of the best summer meals! They’re so fun, easy and delicious! You also don’t have to heat up your house by turning the oven on, and you get to spend time outdoors with your family. But the best part about tin foil dinners is that everyone can customize their own meal!  Say, you don’t love potatoes, or you want to omit the onions, it’s all good! My kids love getting to choose what goes into theirs heaping on their favorite ingredients. 

Vegetables

Use any and all of your favorite vegetables. Anything goes! Some of my favorites are:

  • onion
  • garlic
  • celery
  • zucchini
  • summer squash
  • carrots
  • peppers
  • potatoes
  • mushrooms

Pick Your Protein

  • chicken
  • steak
  • ground beef
  • sausage

The Sauce

The sauce is key to a great tin foil dinner. It’ll keep everything moist and flavorful.

  • 2 cans cream of chicken
  • 1 can cream of celery
  • 1 cup broth
  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon thyme

Toppings

  • cheese
  • sour cream
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Chop all vegetables.
  2. Chop raw meat.
  3. Mix the sauce ingredients together. It should be thick.
  4. Lay out a sheet of foil. Place 2 tablespoons of butter in the center. Add meat, then vegetables, and top with sauce. Wrap the foil around the ingredients, making sure there are no openings for the sauce to leak out as it cooks.
  5. Once your fire has subsided, place the foil dinners into the hot embers. Cook until the potatoes and carrots have softened (about 40-45 minutes).
  6. Allow people to top theirs with cheese, sour cream and salt & pepper.

Tips

I have two tips for cooking the perfect tin foil dinner:

First, don’t overcook your dinner. I swear, someone is always eating charcoal because they left it in the pit too long. Set a timer and start checking them at around 40 minutes. Make sure the meat is cooked through and the potatoes are tender.

Second, don’t put the dinners directly into the flames. That’s a sure-fire (pun intended) way to burn your dinner! Wait until the flames have died out, leaving hot glowing embers. Lay your dinners onto the embers and turn over halfway through cooking. 

I can’t wait to share more tin foil dinners with my kids this summer, and I hope you’ll enjoy a few too! 

Xoxo,

Abi

Join the Conversation

More You'll Love

Abi

Giving Tuesday- a Christmas to never be forgotten

Have miracles ceased? If you are asking me… I can honestly say- no! My faith…
Read Post
Abi

Wedding Disasters

Read Post
Abi

Honey, I Pooped My Pants

The last Dear Abi question was about pooping your pants in public and it was…
Read Post
Abi

Connecting to Your Family with Melissa Smith and Family Brand

Ammon and I have been hanging out with Melissa Smith from the Family Brand podcast…
Read Post
Abi

Hello, I’m Abi Ayres aka #Carol4President

My name is Abi and I got a bad haircut.
Read Post
Abi

My Favorite French Toast, As Seen In Cookbook For Jane

I’ve always loved any kind of French toast, but my all-time favorite has to be…
Read Post
Beauty

Gift Guide for Her

Read Post
Cookbook

Cookbook for Jane

You should know right from the start that I made this cookbook more for me…
Read Post
Family

One Of My Favorite Summer Dinners

I’m an Aries, which is a fire sign. I know this may sound silly to…
Read Post
Family

How We’re Keeping Our Sanity This Summer

Cereal spilled all over the floor, a lukewarm gallon of milk sits on the kitchen…
Read Post
Family

New Years Resolutions

Read Post
Abi

Giving Tuesday- a Christmas to never be forgotten

Have miracles ceased? If you are asking me… I can honestly say- no! My faith…
Read Post
Experience

Experience Gifts

Read Post
Beef

Gift Guide for Preppers

Read Post
Beef

Grasshopper or Ant?

Do you remember the story about the ants and the grasshopper? You know, the one…
Read Post
Abi

Wedding Disasters

Read Post
Abi

Honey, I Pooped My Pants

The last Dear Abi question was about pooping your pants in public and it was…
Read Post