Campout in the Kitchen….Foil Dinners and S’mores on a Stick–Young Chefs, Day Four


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Today we talked about campouts…always a great summer activity!

And although the Young Chefs wanted to make a campfire, we had to make due with our South High kitchen.

Foil Dinners–Peeling of veggies done by the children; and although I was assured by many of the kids that they had the appropriate knife skills, the cutting was done by ME!

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1 pound hamburger

3 to 4 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced

1 cup carrots, thinly sliced

1 can cream of chicken soup

¼ cup water

Salt and Pepper

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2.  Cut 4 pieces of foil to put all ingredients in.

3.  Divide hamburger into 4 pieces. Form into a patty.

4.  Place one piece of hamburger, and ¼ of the potatoes and carrots on the foil.

5.  Top each with equal amounts of soup, water, salt and pepper.

6.  Fold foil around mixture and seal tightly.

7.  Bake for about 35 – 40 minutes until the veggies are tender and the meat is cooked through

8.  Open carefully—there will be lots of steam that comes out and it will be very hot!

S’mores on a Stick

This was a hit–even without the fun of igniting the marshmallows from a campfire!

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8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

9 graham crackers

24 marshmallows

24 toothpicks

1.Line a cookies sheet with wax paper.

2.Place graham crackers in a ziplock bag and crush with a rolling pin, or crush in a food processor; place in a shallow bowl and set aside.

3.  Melt chocolate by placing chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and heating for 1 minute on medium power (or use the “melt chocolate” button). Remover from microwave and stir a few times until chocolate is ALMOST melted; continue stirring to completely melt the remaining chocolate—DON’T LET IT BURN!  Or you can melt the chocolate over a double boiler–with a pot of simmering water on the stove, place the chocolate chips into a heatproof bowl that will sit over the simmering water, stir as the chocolate melts.

4.  Stick a marshmallow with a toothpick.

5.  Dip and swirl it in the chocolate to cover the marshmallow.

6.  Dip the marshmallow into the graham crackers crumbs and then place on prepared pan to set.

7.  Repeat with each toothpick.

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