I owe writer friend Tiger Wiseman a vote of thanks for introducing me to this recipe when we were spending time at her home in Vermont last month. She obtained the recipe from a friend, but then it appeared, with some variations, in the Boston Globe, and I knew I had to share. It’s a delightful summer dish, especially if you don’t like to cook in the heat: peel, slice and dice, put the contents in a foil wrapper, and stick them on the grill for a short time.
The great thing about this recipe is that you can adapt it to whatever you have on hand, combining protein, starch and veggies all in one packet. Add some herbs or spices and you’re done! And no cooking dishes to wash!
Shrimp Hobo Packs (makes 4 single-serving packets)
A few notes before you begin:
--Don’t skimp on the size of the shrimp; smaller ones may overcook. (Nice idea in theory, but my market doesn’t carry large uncooked shrimp. Don’t worry, the medium ones will taste fine.)
--Use non-waxy potatoes, and keep the slices thin so they’ll cook through.
--Put the potatoes and corn on the bottom of the packet because they require more cooking, and the seafood near the top.
Vegetable oil, for foil
3 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into ½-inch-thick slices
Salt and pepper
2 large ears corn, husked and cut into 10 pieces each (about one inch thick)
1 pound largish shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 pound kielbasa, chorizo, or linguica, cut into ½-inch-thick slices
One large or two small onions, thinly sliced
8 large sprigs fresh thyme
3 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
1 large lemon, ends trimmed, cut into 8 slices
by Sheila Connolly
Putting them together:
Cut 4 pieces of heavy-duty foil, 18 inches long by at least 12 inches wide. Brush the center of each with oil (or use the spray-on kind).
--about 6 potato slices in a single layer in the center of the foil (sprinkle with salt and pepper)
-- 5 pieces of corn
-- 4 shrimp
-- a quarter of the sausage slices
-- 2 sprigs of thyme
-- 4 pieces of butter
-- a sprinkle of pepper
-- 2 slices of lemon
|Sliced and ready to go|
As I said, you can mix it up any way to want. For instance, you can shake up the shrimp with Old Bay seasoning (which is what I did), or other favorite spices such as smoked paprika. Or add minced garlic. It’s up to you! Have fun with it.