||[Jun. 21st, 2009|08:33 am]
Extract from ((C)): http://www.reddit.com/r/Health/comments/8u0ra/america_a_nation_of_lard_ass_gluttons_right/|
Next time you have $20 or so, get a 5 lb tube of ground beef from FoodMaxx ($10), a 10 lb sack of potatoes ($5), a bag of carrots ($2), a bag of celery ($2), a 5 lb sack of onions ($1.50), and some aluminum foil. For each person eating, chop a carrot, a celery stalk, half an onion, and a potato. Spread half of this vegetable mixture on a square of foil. Put a half pound of ground beef on top. Salt and pepper the beef (free if you want to gather complementary packets somewhere). Spread the rest of the vegetable mix on top. Wrap up in the foil (so that no food is showing), put the bundle on a cookie sheet, and high broil in the oven for about 45 minutes. Unwrap and enjoy. We called them Hobo Packs, and they're delicious and very filling.
You can make 10 Hobo Packs for your $20, and that's just until you run out of beef. You'll have a lot of vegetables left over. A baked potato is half a meal itself.
The hobo packs sounds kind of awesome, albeit some other form of spice might be nice.
Sounds like a dry beef stew.
They're pretty awesome... the vegetables cook in the meat juice, the vegetable juice soaks into the meat. Adding more spices is preferable. I would usually thinly slice a clove of garlic for each, and use basil, salt, pepper, thyme, and a touch of chili powder. I just gave you the cheap and easy version. This recipe (like most things I cook) changes to suit whatever I happen to have on hand, so it's great poverty food.
My roommates and I lived off of almost nothing but Hobo Packs, fried rice, potato soup, vegetable soup, and baked potatoes with chili beans for years. Oh, and pancakes. Lots and lots of pancakes.
You probably already know this, but carrots, celery, and onion, make up the classic combination that flavors a variety of dishes, and is known in classic French cooking as a mirepoix. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirepoix_(cuisine) It's also referred to as the holy trinity.
Actually, I didn't know that. I knew that they go well together, and are cheap, but I didn't know there was a name for it.
Isn't the 'holy trinity' a variant on the Mirepoix which is 1 part onion to 1/2 part celery and 1/2 part bell pepper; a variant which comes particularly from New Orleans cuisine? At least that's the context in which I first heard the term.
You are right, which makes me wrong, which I hate.
Well I guess there's a little more to it than that http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_trinity_(cuisine)