Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Camp Fire Bundles Saved My Sanity!

Just between you and me...

While I love to cook and love even more to eat....I sometimes don't have the energy to cook. Last night was a prime example of this...I had spent a tough day at work (you know the kind where every rude person in your town sits in your section (I'm a waitress) and you have to bring them their diet cokes when what you really want to do is pour it on their heads?)

Then I came home to 4 unruly kids (they have discovered the hose outside and are trying to make it a daily habit to take mud baths outside before I figure out what they are doing.)

So sometimes - I just want to sit and read...let Hubby watch the kids while supper takes care of its self and takes enough time to cook - that I can relax.

That's just what I did! Love this recipe - and love that I was able to finish about 1/3 of this book while sitting outside and letting my oven do all the work! :) It was fabulous!


I found this recipe in the Taste of Home Best Barbecues Holiday issue - the little cookbooks that you can usually find while standing in line at checkout of most super markets.

It was originally meant for grilling - but since that required more energy than I was willing to put in...I cranked up the oven to 350 and it worked out GREAT!

Campfire Bundles
Taste of Home Best Barbecues
Recipe By: Lauri Krause Jackson, Nebraska


  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced
  • 1 each large green, sweet red and yellow pepper
  • 4 medium potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 6 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 small head cabbage, sliced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 to 1-1/2 pounds smoked Polish sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • Place the first eight ingredients on three pieces of double-layered heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Top with sausage; dot with butter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Fold foil around mixture and seal tightly.
  • Grill, covered, over medium heat for 30 minutes. Turn and grill 30 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender. Open foil carefully to allow steam to escape. Yield: 6 servings.


I used vegetables that I had on hand: Cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, carrots, red and green bell pepper and sweet onions.


I put a little of everything on the foil and sprinkled salt and pepper on it...


Added a little bit of Smart Balance, folded it up and then wrapped it in another sheet just to make sure that it was spill proof.
(You might need to follow the directions and use 3 sheets as a few of my packets spilled out juice and got stuck to the cookie sheet)

Then I slapped them on a cookie sheet in the over for 30 minutes at 350. I grabbed my book and coffee and sat and read.

It was glorious!

After 30 minutes...I flipped them over and ran back outside to my book.

It was also glorious!


The kids probably give this 4 spoons...2 of them ate everything - 1 wouldn't touch it (Miss Maddy) and the other powered through it like a champ.

I give this the biggest 5 spoons that I can.

It was fantastic....I think the next time that I make it - I try it with Italian sausage...I wonder if it would be done in an hour in the oven.

My favorite part besides the time that it allowed me to refresh myself:

another great use for cauliflower!



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  1. These looks delicious. I'm just learning to grill so this could be my next learning project!

    Thanks for sharing

  2. Oh wow! That sounds delicious. Sausage doesn't do so well with my stomach and I'd have to find a substitute, but that looks pretty easy to make and healthy.

    Just stopping by from SITS.

  3. Looks yummy. We're thinking about going camping this weekend. I just might make these...

  4. I make foil packs all of the time, especially out on the grill. You can put anything in them, chicken, beef, whatever you want! Throw in some potatoes and/or veggies and you are good to go!


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