Ready to eat!
What are hobos many are asking…..well hobos are quite possibly the best thing to happen to the home cook since Better Homes and Gardens, or Martha Stewart, or even good butter already in its own little butter dish! They are the essence of quick, easy, and no fuss cooking that also happen to taste really good. Now, we aren’t talking haute cuisine here, though you could definitely throw in some shredded duck, gouda and hericot verts. I’m talking quick and easy down home “Taste of Home” style cooking. And they are delicious, so I see nothing wrong with that!
(And again, pardon the crackberry pics, I’m sorry I’m sorry, still can’t upload the camera pics….using the crackberry)
Fresh From The Oven
I still remember the first time I had hobos….we were out of town visiting some friends of the family, oh I must have been about 12 or so. Suzie (that’s who we were visiting) was all about simple easy cooking, and she made these things called hobos (she also made this killer white lasagna I’ve never been able to duplicate)…they were delicious, and quite possible the simplest meal ever made, we all loved them. And thus, my love affair with Hobos (gee that sounds weird) was born.
- The grease from the cheese separated out a bit 😦
You can make them any way you want really, beef, chicken, pork, tofu, you name it. Just pick your protein, veggies, and seasoning. For this instance I did ground beef, potatoes and cheese, but you seriously can use whatever your heart desires.
potatoes spread outI did make one HUGE mistake..... I ran out of tinfoil!!!!!!!!!!!! I literally went to make the hobos, and had NO tinfoil! Only Parchment Paper. And while parchment is GREAT for baking cookies, it just doesn't do the trick for Hobos! IT seemed to not keep the moisture in as good as foil does. (ok so the meat was a little dry...) and it cooked MUCH faster than usual.....don't get me wrong, they still tasted GREAT, just knowing how they usually are, it was a little off.Assembled and ready to bake!The pictures kind of go in reverse order, but you can get the idea. You literally can make ANYTHING you want!!!! I don't usually use this much cheese, but someone was in a cheesy mood.Packets in the oven
Some flavor ideas are:
Chicken, carrots, and gouda
Ground beef, red peppers, thyme and mozz
Boneless pork chops, cauliflower, rosemary and cheddar
Ground beef, potatoes and ANY kind of cheese
TOFU, lemongrass, carrots and peanut sauce (yes KERRY that one is for YOU!!)
Chicken breast, green beans, red onion, feta and a touch of greek dressing.
Chicken, broccoli and cheese
Tofu, soy sauce, baby corn and carrots
Boneless pork shops and sweet potato
And as hunting season approaches… VENISON!!! If you need flavor ideas to pair with Venison, check out Brandi’s recipe box
Ok, so those are just a few random ideas, but you get the picture, you can basically do anything you want!
The “rules” are simple really…
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Decide (most likely ahead of time) what kind of hobos you want to make
Season your ingredients how you like them (S&P, seasoned salt, grinder, whatever)
Assemble (veggies on bottom, protein on top)
Roll up packet (same method as with the beets
Bake for 35-40 minutes
Take out, rest for 5 minutes
Throw out the foil, eat and enjoy!
OH! You could also use brown rice, just make sure it’s the par or already cooked kind, and throw it in cold, it will warm up and soak up the flavors of the protein and spices you are using. Steamfresh by Birds Eye makes a brown rice
you can find in the freezer section, (there’s no bad ingredients I swear!) and just cut open the bag and portion it out as you like. Seriously, it’s really that simple! If you have any questions let me know!