Cooking on the fire

It’s that time again. Time to take out the grill and enjoy the nice weather.

May 1981

Whenever the gusty Kansas wind subsides to a gentle breeze it is a good time to plan a family cookout. As a change from hot dogs and hamburgers, try wrapping the food in foil and cooking it over the fire. When the meal is done, just open the package and eat directly out of the foil. No dishes to wash.

Heavy duty foil is best for outdoor cooking. Cut foil to allow for a five inch overlap on each side of food. Place food in center. Bring opposite sides together at the top of the food and press down in several small consecutive folds. Flatten the two remaining sides of foil and roll in small folds toward the food. This I call the drugstore wrap. This wrap will seal in juices and will work well when cooking on a grill over coals.

Be careful to always have some food with a high moisture content on the top and bottom of the foil package. For instance, place onions, potatoes and carrots on both sides of a hamburger pattie.

If you want to cook directly on coals, wrap food in drugstore wrap. Then wrap again in foil and set package directly on coals.

Another method to cook directly on coals is to place food on foil, wrap foil with drugstore wrap before wrapping the package in layers of wet newspapers. This is good for fish and other short term cooking. Remove before paper catches on fire. Packages should be turned over at least once during cooking by any of these methods.

New- Idea Hamburgers
2 pound hamburger ¼ pound sliced cheese
2 large onions Salt and pepper
Season meat. Make 12 large, thin patties. Use 11×18” heavy duty foil (6). On each piece of foil put one slice onion and one beef pattie. In center place cheese. Put on another pattie.

Pinch edges of patties together. Put on another slice of onion. Seal, using drugstore wrap.

Cook on grill 15 minutes per side or insulate and cook on coals 12 minutes per side or until meat is done.

French Fries in Foil
4 medium potatoes 3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt Pepper to taste
1 tablespoon chopped parsley ½ cup sour cream
Cut potatoes in narrow strips. Cut 18” length of heavy-duty foil. Place potatoes in the center of the foil. Dot with the butter. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Wrap, using drugstore wrap. Place on wire grill 2 or 3 inches above hot coals or insulate package and cook directly on coals for 20 minutes on each side.

Open foil. Cover with the sour cream, sprinkle with parsley and serve hot.

Serves 4.
Kraut Hot Dog Dinner
1 16 oz. can sauerkraut ½ lb. Swiss or cheddar cheese
8 hot dogs
Cut four pieces of heavy-duty foil, each 12×18 inches. Divide kraut into four portions on the foil. Split hot dogs and place strips of cheese between the halves. Put two hot dogs on each foil. Seal foil, using drugstore wrap.

Cook on a wire rack two inches above the coals or insulate and lay on coals. Cook ten minutes on each side.

Serves four.



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