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Whether you’ve gathered friends or family for a camping trip in the great outdoors, or you are just trying to recreate a camping-style dinner in your backyard or kitchen, it’s a campfire classic with an updated twist and easy cleanup in this Cheddar Barbecue Sausage and Potato Foil Pack Dinner.
Cheddar Barbecue Sausage and Potato Foil Pack Dinner
Disclaimer: I’m partnering with Johnsonville to bring you this recipe. As always, all opinions are my own.
Since Brianne is not the most common name, especially in 1979 when I was born, people often ask how my parents came up with it for me. The summer my mom was pregnant with me, she was the assistant director at a day camp for girls. She didn’t know if she was having a boy or a girl, but after a few months of going over lists of girls names with the new set of campers each week, one jumped out at her. So a few months later when I was born in November, I was named after some unknown camper from that summer at day camp.
My parents also spent a lot of time taking troops of girls on camping trips when I was a baby, and I grew singing campfire songs, and eating things like Campfire Stew and Skillet Supper, which were meals they often made over the campfire and my mom would then make at home in the kitchen. I then was old enough to join my own troop, and I was the only one who knew all the songs and had perfected my marshmallow roasting technique to achieve the perfect golden brown before anyone else even knew how to roll up their sleeping bag.
Years later, after my parents got divorced, my dad bought a house with a huge backyard, and we built a little campfire ring. He would light a fire, wrap up potatoes and butter in aluminum foil to make Campfire Potatoes, toss some ears of corn over the fire, and then we would roast hot dogs. And no good campfire is complete without making s’mores. We didn’t do a lot of actual camping in his backyard, but we had my favorite parts of camping – the fire and the food.
I haven’t done a lot of camping in awhile, but but that my boys are getting a little older, I think it’s time to revisit my camping roots. I’ve already started teaching them some of my favorite campfire songs, we’ve practice roasting marshmallows at the campfire sing-along on our vacations in Vermont, and at home, I am recreating classic campfire meals, but with a little bit of my spin on them…
Like this Cheddar Barbecue Sausage and Potato Foil Pack Dinner. Wrapping your entire meal in a piece of aluminum foil is a camping standard, and this is a take on my dad’s potatoes, corn and hot dogs meal, but with a little extra flavor thrown in. I swapped some of the potatoes for sweet potatoes, added the corn right in the foil packet along with some zucchini, and then gave it a little more flavor with barbecue sauce and cheddar cheese. And let’s not forget the Johnsonville’s Fully Cooked and Smoked Sausages!
Since Johnsonville sausage products are fully cooked, it makes preparation quick and simple, especially when you don’t have all of your favorite kitchen gadgets readily available. For this recipe, you don’t need much more than a knife, a cutting board, and some foil.
And in varieties like Beddar with Cheddar Smoked Sausage Links, Smoked Beef Brats Links, and Jalapeno and Cheese Smoked Sausage Link, you can choose your favorite or add any flavor or level of spice you love to customize your foil pack dinner. Change up the veggies, sauce, and cheese, too, for endless varieties!
Eat dinner right out of the packet for no extra dirty dishes to wash when you are camping…
Or plate it up in the kitchen with a side salad if you are trying to relive your favorite camping memories at home, as we used to do in my family…
Really, does it get any easier than this…
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Cheddar Barbecue Sausage and Potato Foil Pack Dinner
- 1/2 lb white potatoes sliced about 1/4 inch thick
- 1/2 lb sweet potatoes sliced about 1/4 inch thick
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 3 ears corn on the cob, kernels sliced from the cob or about 3 cups frozen and thawed corn
- 2 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced
- 3/4 cup barbecue sauce your favorite variety
- 6 links smoked sausage one package of your favorite variety of Johnsonville's Fully Cooked and Smoked Sausages
- 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 6 Tablespoons water
- Start your campfire, light your grill, or preheat your oven to 450°F. Tear off six pieces of heavy duty aluminum foil or a double thickness of regular foil, and spray with olive oil or cooking spray.
- Toss the potatoes, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl, and divide between the six pieces of foil.
- Divide the corn and zucchini between each of the pieces of foil. Drizzle with about two tablespoons barbecue sauce.
- Slice each sausage about 1/4 inch thick, and place slices from one sausage on top of the mixture on eech piece of foil. Top with about two tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese.
- Fold over the aluminum foil to form a pouch, drizle about a tablespoon of water in each pouch, and seal all of the edges.
- Place on the campfire, grill, or oven and cook for 25-35 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
- Carefully open the foil packets, as the steam will be hot, and enjoy straight form the pouch, or slide out onto a plate.
Enjoy this Cheddar Barbecue Sausage and Potato Foil Pack Dinner!
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