14 May 2009

Hobo Packs

Pork Hobo Packs

This one was a money saver!!!
4 thin cut pork chops (approx 1 lb @ $3.57/lb)
4 medium red potatoes slice thin (cheap right now.. maybe 50¢)
2 large carrots quartered (even cheaper maybe 35¢)
1/2 large onion sliced (5o¢/lb = so 20¢?)

TOTAL $4.62, includes a lunch for hubby!
Pantry Staples
First let me say that of you don't have Tony Chachere's Original Seasoning - find a place to get some. Any where my blog says season to taste.. Tony's (as we lovingly call it in Louisiana) is involved. Second is McCormicks' Salt Free Garlic & Herb Seasoning. I do not use garlic salt, it is too salty and in my opinion takes over the food.

Now to prepare your hobo packs:
  • tear 4 sheets of aluminuim foil about 14 inches long.
  • Put one pork chop on sheet, sprinkle lightly with the 2 seasoning blends I mentioned above (or whatever your favs are)
  • Top pork chops with 1/4 of the potatoes and season lightly again
  • Top potatoes with 1/4 of the carrots
  • Top carrots with 1/4 of the onion
  • Splash lightly with water.. 1 tsp?
  • Bring sides up on foil and roll top then sides to seal.
Bake at 400 about 45 minutes, but if your husband ets stuck in traffice because the rainest city in the world has rain and everyone forgets to drive and it takes him 2.5 hours to get hom efrom work.. it will be just fine to turn it off and leave it in the oven till her gets home. Sealing the packs hold the steam, moisture, and heat in.

AND if you forgetto add the onion like I did today, you can saute them on the side and toss it on your pack after you open it.

BE CAREFUL WHEN OPENEING! They will be HOT and they will STEAM!

It was yum, yum, yummy!

Meg from TMP asked "Can you use fast fry pork chops or are they too thin? I have a whole pack to use up and was wondering if I could use it for this recipe?"
YES! The original recipe I found was burgers! That is the best thing about hobo packs! You can use it to get anything out of your freezer! If you have a thinner cut of meat just make sure your potatoes are cut thin enough to cook by the time the meat is done. If the meat finishes before the potatoes, leave it baking until the potatoes are done, it won't hurt anything!


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