Boy Scout meals (or Boy Scout full meals), are something I learned to cook in the coals of a campfire while in the Boy Scouts. I have seen this type of meal referred to by other names but for me they will always be Boy Scout meals. I don’t claim that this recipe is a healthy meal and we don’t eat it regularly but we do love it so we make it every couple of months. We use WAY more butter than we probably should but it soaks into the meat and potatoes and is soooooo yummy! We also aren’t a big fan of adding other veggies to this meal but one certainly could add carrots, maybe celery, or whatever your imagination leads you to throw in there. Anyway, here is our version of the meat and potato meal as I learned it in the Boy Scouts. Enjoy and God bless!
- Ground Beef
- Slice your potatoes approx 1/8" thick (we use almost a whole 5 lb bag)
- Slice onion (we prefer a sweet or yellow onion)
- Mix ground beef with your favorite beef seasonings (we like a beef fajita seasoning mix) and form into patties.
- On either a sheet of foil or in a foil pie pan place a layer of potatoes a couple slices thick, throw in a few slices of onion to your liking, place a few slices of butter on the potatoes and onions. Place a ground beef patty next. Layer in the reverse order on top of the patty with butter, onion, and potatoes. We like lots of butter and potatoes so we layer it on pretty thick. Wrap the whole bundle up in foil or cover the foil pie plate with foil and place in the oven. Cook at 450 degrees for 45 min or until patty is done and potatoes are soft.
- For a family of four we like to use 2 lbs of ground beef to make four patties, a 5 lb bag of potatoes, and an entire yellow or sweet onion. We use approximately 1/2 stick of butter per portion. (Hey, nobody claimed this meal was healthy) 😉 You could use less ingredients for less portions and/or reduce the butter to more healthy levels. If you are not using the pie plates I suggest placing your foil packets in a baking pan to keep butter from escaping into your oven. If you are using the pie plates then I would begin checking the meat at the 30 min mark to make sure you do not over cook it and dry the patty out.