Before you embark on your next camping trip, run over to your local farmer’s market to stock up on fresh veggies that you can cook over the campfire. Really anything that you can sauté or steam at home on the stove can be wrapped up in a foil packet and cooked over hot coals. Carrots, zucchini, peppers, mushrooms, potatoes, and my personal favorite, green beans can all be tossed with just a few ingredients, set over hot coals in a foil packet, and cooked to perfection while you sauté chicken or grill some burgers. Green beans are the star in this simple campfire green beans recipe. If you’re new to foil packet campfire cooking or if you don’t like to mix your veggies, give this a try and you’ll see how easy it is to enjoy fresh, healthy veggies while “roughing it” in the great outdoors.
1 lb. fresh green beans (canned will work too)
Slivered almonds (if desired)
1 garlic clove
2 Tbsp. butter or olive oil
1 Tbsp. water
Salt & pepper to taste
To steam the green beans over the campfire, you’ll need to tear two large pieces of aluminum foil to make a disposable cooking pouch. After washing and cutting the ends off the beans (if using fresh ones), place them down the center of one foil piece. Sprinkle with the slivered almonds and toss in the garlic clove. Place pats of butter throughout the beans or drizzle them with the olive oil. Add the water. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.
To wrap up your beans nice and tight, pull the sides of the foil up and over the beans and crimp or wrap the edges together, making a pouch. To ensure that steam doesn’t escape during cooking, make sure there aren’t any open edges or seams. Wrap a second piece of foil around the packet with these seams on the opposite side (so you can flip the packet halfway through cooking). This will also help keep the juices and moisture in if a hole gets poked in the foil.
Set your green bean foil packet on red-hot coals (not over an open flame) and let it steam for about 15 minutes, rotating once. Check for ‘doneness’ by opening the packet slightly and poking a few of the beans that are in the middle of the bunch. They should be tender and soft (but not too soft!). If they’re not ready, just reseal and place them back on the hot coals for a few more minutes. Use caution when opening the packet as hot steam will likely escape as soon as you open it.
Enjoy your steamed green beans with grilled meat or fish and some baked potatoes for a complete meal.