How to Make Foil Dinners
Whether you’re preparing a barbecue for friends and family or whipping up some delicious grilled favorites for a weeknight dinner, grilling and cooking meals can take time and preparation. Fortunately, there’s a quick, easy and mess-free way to prepare grilled delicacies that will leave your ingredients tender and juicy.
What’s the secret? Use foil packaging to wrap up a delicious blend of veggies, spices and protein. Read our step-by-step guide on how to make a foil packet dinner your family and friends will love.
How to Make a Foil Packet Dinner for Your Next Meal
Making a foil dinner is an excellent way to save time, and they have the bonus of not creating any extra dirty dishes. Another perk? They perfectly blend meat, veggies and spices for a delicious combination, and everything will stay juicy and tender.
Follow these easy steps to become a foil dinner expert in no time.
1. Select a Nonstick Solution
Before you start adding any food, you will want to make certain it doesn’t stick to the foil while it’s cooking. By using a nonstick cooking spray, you can ensure you won’t leave bits of yummy food behind on your wrapper. You can use olive oil, butter or whatever you already have in your cupboard.
If you want to go one step further, try using pesto. It adds a delightful Italian flavor to your ingredients and can also prevent them from sticking to the foil. Lay out your foil and spray it with your nonstick spray or oil before adding anything else.
2. Find a Protein
The next step is to add your main ingredient — a meaty protein. You can choose several options, such as beef, steak, chicken or bacon. Ground or chopped meats will work the best for foil dinners, as a whole steak or chicken breast will take a while to cook. Fish and seafood can also make a tasty choice because they cook quickly.
Sausage is another excellent option for foil dinners. You can thinly slice it to fit perfectly in a foil wrap, and sausage pairs well with various vegetables and sauces. You can also choose from several sausage flavors — such as Italian, chicken, pork or different world flavors — for something unique.
Bonus tip — if you want to add some pizzazz, toss your protein with a sauce in a bowl for some extra flavor before adding it to your foil. Your favorite teriyaki or barbecue sauce could be the hit of your next family cookout.
3. Add Some Vegetables
Now, you will want to add some yummy veggies to complement the protein you chose. Almost any vegetables will work, as long as you cut them into smaller pieces for quick cooking. Some great choices are peppers, onions, potatoes, broccoli and green beans. The combinations are endless. Add as many of your family’s favorite veggies to whip up a meal they won’t forget.
4. Finish With Some Spices
Finish your foil packet with some delicious spices for a little extra flavor. You can try adding salt and pepper, garlic or some Cajun seasoning for a bit of kick. You can also opt for some fresh or dried herbs such as basil, oregano or Italian seasoning.
When choosing your spice or condiment, think about your main protein and the veggies you selected and decide what you think will make them taste even better.
5. Wrap It Up
Once you have everything prepared, it’s time to wrap it all up. Try to keep your protein on top of the veggies before you start folding. Ensure the food is in the center of the foil, and fold the long edges of the foil together until they meet. Carefully crimp all the sides and edges to ensure nothing leaks or falls out. Now, you are ready to start cooking your delicious foil dinner.
How to Cook Foil Packet Dinners in the Oven and Grill
You can cook foil packets on the grill or in the oven. So, whether you are grilling up a meal for your next barbecue, looking for an easy cooking option during your next camping trip or wanting to whip up a quick dinner for your family, foil packets can do it all.
Let’s start with how to make foil dinners on the grill. Cooking foil packets on the grill is an excellent mealtime option for grilling masters and novices alike. Since you have wrapped all your food up, it shouldn’t fall between any of the grates, and it also has an extra layer of protection from the heat, so it doesn’t get burned. Place your packets over medium heat and close the grill. After about 10 minutes, flip them and cover the grill again. After about eight minutes or so, your foil packs should be ready to eat. Make sure you let them cool down before digging in.
If you’re wondering how to make foil packets for the oven, we’ve got you covered there as well. All you need to do is heat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and you can do this while prepping your ingredients. Once heated, place your foil pack in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Depending on the meat you chose, you will want to use a meat thermometer to check that it’s fully cooked before serving. Once it’s ready to go, take it out and enjoy.
Foil Dinner Recipes From Premio
Looking for your next delicious foil dinner recipe or searching for a bit of inspiration? Fortunately, we have some delicious recipes you can try that you and your loved ones are sure to love.
Check out our grilled corn and sausage extravaganza for a perennial barbecue favorite. This recipe smells and tastes like summer, combining Premio sweet Italian sausage with corn, peppers and delicious seasoning. Try this recipe for your next barbecue event or family dinner as your side or main dish. Either way, it’s sure to become a favorite.
If you’re a fan of barbecue chicken, our grilled barbecue chicken sausage and vegetable in foil recipe is for you. This recipe is quick, easy and delicious, with lots of veggies combined with Premio sweet Italian chicken sausage drenched in your favorite barbecue sauce. And with no dishes or mess left behind, you could be enjoying this flavorful dinner in only 20 minutes with no cleanup afterward.
Purchase Premio Sausage at a Store Near You
Make quick, easy and delicious tinfoil dinners for your next meal using Premio sausage as your secret ingredient. We offer over 40 varieties of pork, chicken and world-flavored sausage, so you can choose a flavor your family will love. And with 60% less fat than other types of sausage, Premio is sure to impress during your next meal.
Find Premio sausage at a store near you to start preparing your next foil dinner for your family.