Tuesday, October 2, 2012



Why is it only called a handout when it benefits the poor?

Makes 4 servings

Something for them, and something for the rest of us.  Heck, this simple dinner is fit for a king!

4 large pieces aluminum foil (heavy duty if using grill)
1 lb. ground beef
1 can (14 oz.) seasoned diced tomatoes (pick your favorite)
2 potatoes, scrubbed, sliced
4 carrots, peeled, sliced on bias
1 red onion, halved, cut into wedges
1/4 tsp. salt and pepper
1 cup shredded cheese (look for something to complement the tomatoes – see note)

Heat oven to 375°F, or prepare grill for indirect medium heat.

Shape hamburger meat into thick discs. Place in center of foil sheets lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Top evenly with tomatoes (avoid using all of the juices).

Surround meat and tomatoes with remaining vegetables and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Fold foil over meat and vegetables securely leaving room for air circulation. Place on baking sheet.  Bake in oven or grill on indirect medium heat for 1 hour or until vegetables are tender.

Carefully open packets.  Top each with 1/4 cup cheese and re-close packets for 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Serve immediately.

Here are a few good diced tomato/shredded cheese combinations.

Diced Tomatoes
Shredded Cheese
Fire roasted with garlic
Mozzarella or an Italian cheese blend
With basil, garlic and oregano
Mozzarella or an Italian cheese blend
With spicy red pepper or with diced green chilies
Colby and Monterrey Jack or a Mexican cheese blend

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