Thursday, September 8, 2011

How To Cook Vegetables In A Foil Pouch

You know you need to eat more vegetables and for some reason you just haven't been. So today I'm going to teach you an easy way to make some tasty veggies. Unlike a lot of recipes, this one isn't an exact science. This is a really easy way to cook up some vegetables to make a great side dish just by wrapping them in foil and throwing them on the grill. If you don't know how to cook, you can still do this and feel proud of yourself while you're chowing down on your creation.


vegetable pouch

What You'll Need
Buy some vegetables. Mix any that you like but keep in mind the density of vegetables is going to affect cooking time. To make the exact side of vegetables that I made, you can use the following.
  • Roma Tomatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
In addition to the vegetables you'll also want to have these on hand
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
How To Do It
Dice up your vegetables. You'll want everything to be pretty much the same size so that it all cooks within the same amount of time. Then crush your garlic up and slice it into tiny pieces. Once you have all of that in a big bowl, mix it around. Throw your salt in (eyeball it), throw your pepper in, and dump a bunch of olive oil in. I don't know how much I use so I always just guess. Go ahead and mix everything up together again so the oil covers everything.

Now its time to get some foil. Lay out two sheets of foil and dump your awesome concoction onto it. Wrap up the sides and fold it together. When your bundle of foil is on the grill, the heat will end up steaming the vegetables and mixing all the wonderful flavors together. With that in mind, close off any large holes in the seams of your foil so that the heat gets trapped inside.


vegetable pouch

Go outside and start up that grill. Throw your pouch right into the center like a boss. Close the lid and let it cook for a while. This time I did it for about 18 minutes all told but I could have gone longer. Each time I make vegetables this way I cook it for a different amount of time because I never remember what will work best. I'm also drinking wine so I'm never in a state of mind to care about being exact with time. Experiment and try different times. You'll get a feel for how crisp or mushy you like your vegetables. Personally, I like it when the tomatoes get crazy mushy and spread their taste all over their buddies. Awwww ya!


vegetable pouch

Putting It Together
Once you pull your pouch off the grill, open that bad boy up. Watch your fingers as the escaping super heated air inside can be really unfriendly to your fingers. Take a big spoon and scoop those vegetables onto a plate. Last step, make sure there's a steak on that plate because a big slab of meat is the most fitting companion to your flame cooked vegetables. Look at this plate. Have you ever seen anything more appetizing? I didn't think so. Enjoy!


vegetable pouch

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