Have some aluminum foil on hand? Then you’re halfway done with dinner. Getting the kids fed and to bed is a lot easier when you throw a bunch of ingredients into some tinfoil, shake and bake. What do you get? These 9 foil-packed dinners kids will love.
You might be wondering, how does foil-packet cooking even work? Basically, the foil works as a head conductor in an over or a grill. To get the best out of your recipes, consider a few foil packet hacks before you start cooking: Make sure you have enough foil. Nothing’s worse than getting all your ingredients chopped and ready to go and discovering you have a four-inch square of foil to cover them — mega buzzkill, not to mention dinner disaster. Experts recommend splurging on heavy duty foil to avoid tears or doubling up.
Also, a little Pam or butter in your pantry is always good to have, but especially with foil-packet recipes that often call for it (whether for steamed vegetables or to flavor fish or meat). And don’t forget the salt and pepper. The foil alone isn’t going to make your food taste good. It’s the seasoning that does the trick. Whenever you see the words “season to taste” in a recipe, that means salt and pepper to your desired level, so it’s important to keep the shakers full.
And don’t forget to be careful opening the packet. Built-up steam can burn so put on your oven mitts or use tongs to release some of the pressure before unfolding.