Have you ever cooked using foil? We're not just talking about lining a pan, but rather a method of cooking where you place all your meats, herbs and vegetables inside and seal it tight before tossing it in the oven? This is hands down one of the easiest ways to ensure your food is all done at the same time. It's an old campfire trick that can be used for stress-free entertaining.
One of the largest stresses of entertaining is making sure your food is all ready at the same time. Instead of checklists and charts, just cook it all at once! Foil packets make it possible and can even be cooked in advanced and reheated just before serving. This easy camping trick also doesn't require you to wash a single pot. It's a great one to pull out of your back pocket at a dinner party.
Here's the basic idea: divide the meat or fish and vegetable side dish into individual servings and wrap them in foil packets. Bake at 350°F for 1 1/2 hours. Open the packets slightly and increase oven temperature to 450°F for an additional 15-30 minutes to give a little color to the tops of your meats if needed.
This is perfect for ears of corn, chicken breats, and especially fish. Simply remove from the oven, plate and serve. Add a separate dessert to finish the meal and you'll have dinner together with a single prep session and oven time. Score!
Do you have a favorite foil-packet dinner?
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