Barbeque bundles

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Hot weather is not meant for me at all: I don’t like being in the sun and the heat in turn – whether it’s inside or outside – makes me feel weak and nothing gets done. Using the oven in a 30 degree celsius kitchen, not to mention standing next to it cooking, is something I really wouldn’t bother doing.

All in all this summer has been nice when it comes to the weather. Only a few utterly too hot days. Rain has cancelled our barbecuing-plans a few times but on the other hand no need to water the yard. Even so there has been enough nice warm evenings to barbecue and eat outside. I hope this continues until the end of August.

Bundles grilled in tinfoil is quite an easy way to make food outside: they cook on their own and you don’t actually need to clean much afterwards.

You can decide what to put inside according to your own preferences, the recipe below is just one example. This particular bundle contains turnip and I cooked the turnip cubes in advance in a small amount of water for 8 minutes in the microwave before putting them in with other ingredients – the turnip will be the only precooked vegetable, everything else gets done inside the bundle (as long as you don’t make the cubes too big).

Some time ago I happened to read an article about the health dangers of aluminum, and maybe that’s the truth. However, I remember from my childhood that aluminum pots, coffee pots and for example travel dishes made of aluminium were used without a second thought and you know what – I’m still alive. My own juicer is made of aluminum too, it has brewed juice for years already and I probably won’t change to new one in my lifetime, but now, in this recipe, I’m not going to risk it and with these bundles any potential problems have been avoided by first wrapping the food in butter paper or parchment paper and then in tinfoil. That should help avoid the poisoning.

This recipe was written already last summer, but these bundles can be made also in the oven. Heat it up to 240°C (464°F), the baking time is about the same.

PORTION: 2-3
TIME TO MAKE: preparation about 30 minutes, cooking time 40-45 minutes, precooking the turnip cubes 7-8 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 100 gr smoked bacon slices
  • 200 gr turnip
  • 100 gr broccoli (cut bud weight)
  • 100 gr fresh champignons
  • 2-3 shallots
  • a half of red paprika

Marinade:

  • ½ dl olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoons of black pepper
  • 5 garlic gloves
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary
  • 1 dl butter
  • ½ tablespoons of honey

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlmost all the ingredients needed for bundles, the shallots and honey aren’t there yet.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATurnip, red paprika and broccoli chopped into small cubes and pieces to make sure they are properly cooked.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMushrooms and bacon slices chopped.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChop each of the shallots in four pieces. Put all of the ingredients in big bowl and add everything else in the marinade except butter and honey. Melt about ½ dl butter, add honey and pour the mix in as well. Mix carefully.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPut the tinfoil under the butter/parchment paper. Apportion the ingredients on the paper so that each of the bundles will be about the same size and each bundle has relatively about the same amount of vegetables and meat. Wrap the paper around the bundles and then the tinfoil strictly around the paper. In the photo below the bundles are ready to be barbecued. Let them cook in heat of the grill for 40-45 minutes.

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