In a related post for our blog’s sister site,, I posted that foil packets were perfect for kids. And they are, but that doesn’t mean that adults don’t enjoy making them too.


Foil packets are perfect for small meals, sides and guest lists. I wouldn’t recommend them for parties larger than four unless you’re having a cook-out where you can prepare multiple packets on the grill. For a cook-out, you can pre-prep foil packets and keep them in a larger foil pan and set them right next to the grill. But, for indoor cooking, foil packets are great for small meals and sides, like my Foil-packet Potatoes & Cabbage.

Simple Ingredients

One of the best things about foil packets are they simplicity. They lend themselves perfectly to simple ingredients. I used white potatoes and micro-cabbage in my foil packets and they came out perfectly. I chopped two potatoes into fourths and put eight pieces per packet and sprinkled them with olive oil and seasonings before adding the shredded cabbage. What made this recipe tasty, are the seasonings and the steaming. The potatoes and cabbage steamed perfectly in the foil and I added olive oil, onion salt, garlic powder, black pepper and a dash of red pepper flakes.


The packets cooked very quickly in the oven at 450 for about 30 minutes. There’s nothing better than a quick recipe that tastes good. Because of the enclosed packets, the potatoes cook quickly along with the cabbage.

Easy Clean-up

But, perhaps the best part of a foil packet side is the easy clean up. I love using foil to cover my sheet pans and casserole dishes but sometimes they spring leaks. But if you use heavy duty foil, your foil packet meals will hold, leaving you nothing to do but throw out the empty packet. No dishes to wash! It’s wonderful. So, this Spring, make some foil packets whether or not you break out the outdoor grill. Just pop them in the oven and enjoy.

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