Hobo Dinners

11:46 PM

Hobo Dinners are a favorite around our house during the cooler months. I have meant to post this recipe, but it just seems other recipes get in front of it.  Around this time last year we were visiting our niece and she served these delicious bundles for dinner.  She is a wonderful cook and hostess.  I just loved sitting at her table and enjoying her taste in food.

I'm not sure how these Hobo Dinners got their name.  The name in itself displaces a humble dish, not a very glamorous dish but well up there in the category of being a wonderful comfort food.

These are especially fun to make with the family, reminding me how much I love to cook them over a campfire.

Ever since I was a little girl, I have always made them with the traditional hamburger patties, carrot and potatoes. Through the years, we have changed them up a bit adding sweet potatoes for the potatoes and butternut squash for the carrots or a little bit of each. 

For the seasoning, we add the traditional onion slice and sliced celery.  I have alway seasoned with garlic powder, but my niece added two or three whole garlic cloves in each bundle.  Oh my, I can't tell you how incredible this humble meal went from traditional flavor to extraordinaire flavor.  This is an addition that I will keep adding from now on.

When I make these with the grandchildren, each one gets to make theirs like they like them, even down to the hamburger patties.  The younger grandchildren make their patties as big as a quarter…lol…and we cook them just like they make them.  They usually leave off the onions and celery, but I must say, as they have gotten older, those vegetables start showing up.  

I just love spending time with my grandchildren in the kitchen.  This is a great meal they can make from start to finish.  Be sure to help them with the peeling of the potatoes and carrots if they need it, but for the most part it's all about the assembling in the foil packets.

I hope you get to make some of these real soon.  Enjoy!

Hobo Dinners
    2 lbs. lean hamburger
    1 1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon coarse ground pepper
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/2 teaspoon coriander
    8 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
    1 tablespoon A-1 Steak sauce
    4 large potatoes, cut in large cubes and divided into 8 portions
    8 large carrots, cut in 1 1/2 inch pieces and divided into 8 portions
    4 ribs celery, thinly sliced and divided into 8 portions
    2 large onions, sliced 1/4 inch thick (need 8 slices)
    24 garlic cloves (3 garlic cloves per 1 dinner)
    salt and pepper
    8 sheets foil 12 x 12 inch

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a bowl, combine hamburger, salt, pepper, garlic powder, coriander, Worcestershire sauce and steak sauce.  Mix well until all ingredients are incorporated well.  Make patties and then lay them on a sheet pan until ready to assemble the dinners.  Once all the patties are made, begin to assemble dinners.

Lay one sheet of foil on sheet pan.  Lay prepared hamburger patty in the center of foil sheet.  Lay one onion slice on top of the patty.

Arrange one portion of potatoes, carrots, celery, and garlic on top of hamburger patty.

Salt and pepper vegetables.
Pull two sides of the foil together and roll down to seal.  Pinch and roll each end of the dinners to the center until reaching the patty and vegetables.

Repeat the remaining 7 patties and vegetables until all have been wrapped with foil.

Place foil dinners on a baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour or until hamburger and vegetables are completely cooked.  Check around 50 minutes to see if additional time is needed to bake them.

Notes:  According to your liking you can adjust the kind of seasoning and the amount you use.  Other vegetables maybe substituted, but remember to choose vegetables that have the same cooking time so as not to have over cooked some vegetables and undercook some vegetables.
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Kay Little
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