Cajun-Style Grill Foil Packets

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You can’t go wrong with grill foil packets… whether you make them over a campfire, on your grill, or even in your oven, they are a delicious, no-mess meal the whole family will love!
We have been making foil dinners a lot lately because it has been so HOT here in Idaho! When the temps start reaching triple-digits I will do anything I can to keep the heat out of my kitchen. We love doing grill foil packets in the Summertime because they don’t heat up the house, the whole family loves them, and there is NO MESS (that is the best part, really). Surprisingly, many people I have talked to don’t know how to make grill foil packets.
There really isn’t much to them– they are so easy to do! You just throw all the food in, fold it up (see how to fold up grill foil packets below) and put it over a grill, a campfire, or even in the oven (see notes below on how to do foil packets in the oven).
Not only is there virtually no mess when making them– there is no mess when EATING from them either! My family will eat them right out of the foil packet, crumple up the foil, and throw it away. This is also the perfect meal for camping. You can prepare the packets ahead of time and throw them on the fire when you get to your campsite… again, no mess. If you don’t have a grill or aren’t wanting the outdoor experience, you can also make these in your oven at 400-degrees for the same amount of time.
Just place each packet on a cookie sheet and bake as you would on the grill. Another great thing about these foil packets is that each person can make and customize their own, which makes EVERYONE happy. No one picking through the contents and turning up their nose because a shrimp touched their potatoes… etc.. We like to dip some of the contents of the packets in ranch dressing or BBQ sauce, but it is great as-is if you want to serve it plain, too!



INGREDIENTS :
  • 8-12 pieces of corn on the cob (4 full cobs cut in half or in thirds)
  • 4 red potatoes, washed and cubed
  • 20-30 uncooked shrimp (peeled or not, it's up to you)
  • 1 Lb. smoked sausage, cut into chunks
  • melted butter (or olive oil), to taste
  • 1/2 c. chicken broth (you may not need that much)
  • Cajun/Creole seasoning (we like to use Tony Chachere's brand), to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
INSTRUCTIONS :
  1. Heat grill to 400-degrees.  You can do this in your oven at the same temperature.
  2. Evenly distribute corn, potatoes, shrimp, and sausage between 4 heavy-duty foil sheets (approximately 12x18 inches each).
  3. Drizzle melted butter and about 2 tablespoons chicken broth over each foil packet.
  4. Season evenly and generously, to taste, with Cajun seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  5. Tightly seal foil packets by folding up the sides over the contents and tightly folding up the ends over the seam.
  6. Grill 30-40 minutes or until potatoes are tender, flipping once half-way through
  7. Be careful opening the packets to check for doneness, the steam inside is VERY hot!
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