2000s Recipes + Menus

Sweet Potato and Orange Hobo Packs

Serves10 to 12
  • Active time:20 min
  • Start to finish:50 min
October 2000
  • 8 medium sweet potatoes, 5 lb, left unpeeled, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 navel oranges, left unpeeled, thinly sliced
  • 2 large red onions, peeled and trimmed (leaving root ends intact) and cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Special equipment:

    heavy-duty foil
  • Prepare grill for cooking.
  • Toss together sweet potatoes, oranges, onions, butter, oil, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Put a 2-foot-long double layer of foil on a work surface. Place half of sweet potato mixture in center and sprinkle with 1/2 cup raisins. Cover with a third sheet of foil and tightly roll up all sides to seal. Wrap packet in a fourth sheet of foil to ensure insulation. Make another packet with remaining vegetables and raisins.
  • Put packets side by side directly on hot coals. Cover grill and open grill vents, then grill packets until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.
  • While packets are grilling, stir together honey, lemon juice, and parsley. Remove packets from grill and carefully unwrap. Drizzle vegetables with honey mixture.
Cooks’ notes:
  • Gas grill method: Put packets on grill rack and close lid. Roast with grill set to moderately low.
  • Oven method: Toss potatoes, oranges, onions, raisins, butter, and oil together in a large shallow roasting pan. Cover tightly with foil and roast in a preheated 450°F oven until potatoes begin to soften, about 50 minutes. Uncover and roast until vegetables are browned in spots and tender, about 25 minutes more.
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