Hobos and rice

Do not adjust your computer screens. Freckles Chick is indeed posting about a recipe (and referring to herself in the 3rd person). This is such an easy, healthy, and versatile summer side dish that I've been making for years. Since I don't have much by way of house and decor progress currently, I figured, why not share this with you?

I'm sure you've heard of and might have made these before. I call them "hobo packets" (they're fantastic for camping too). If you ever come over for dinner at our house, this is a tried and true crowd pleaser.
What I'm trying to say is that you will not die of food poisoning if I serve you this side dish. You're welcome.

You will need these: olive oil, garlic, spices/seasonings of your choice, pretty much any veggies you have on hand (hence the apt name "hobo"), and some foil. I told you it's versatile.

Glass of wine and nutella, completely optional.
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This time, I used red potatoes (skin on), green and orange bell pepper, red onion, and 2 cloves of minced garlic (sweet potatoes are delicous, too). Chop everything into bite-sized pieces. Toss everything in a bowl, drizzle with olive oil, and liberally sprinkle on spices/seasoning. I used kosher salt, freshly-cracked black pepper, Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and a couple shots of Tapatio for a hot kick. Let sit for 30 minutes to "marinate".
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Place on foil (the bigger the pile, the longer it will take to cook obviously).
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Fold up foil to create pouches (doesn't need to be totally airtight but secure enough so that oil doesn't leak out). Throw onto the grill (low heat) and cook for 30 minutes (turning pouches every 10 min.) or until potatoes slide off a fork easily when pierced.
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I'd like to take this opportunity to rave about my rice cooker. If you love rice, you need one of these. My dear mother bought me this when I went off to college because she thought I was going to starve. It's a bit spendy and found at specialty Asian markets (or select gourmet food stores) but it will be THE only rice cooker you'll ever need. I've had mine for 12 years. You basically put your desired amount of rice in, add water (just under 1 inch of water should show from the top of the rice), plug it in, forget about it, and you'll get perfectly steamed, fluffy rice in no time everytime. The bowl insert is non-stick, there's a retractable cord, and a light that blinks when the rice is perfectly cooked.
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And while we're at it, throw out your instant/minute/Uncle Ben's rice. Jasmine rice is so fragrant and delicious, it'll make you cry.
Trust me, I should know because I'm totally Asian .
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I know, I should be a food photographer, huh?
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Enjoy with a freckley friend with flat hair. Horrible hair day! Just keeping it real around here.......

40 comments:

  1. Can I come eat at YOUR house? That looks fantastic! I make jasmine rice all the time, but I like to add chopped green onions. Mmmmm, yummy!

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  2. You're my favorite. And those hobos look delish. I'm starting to think I need a rice cooker. Probably cooking jasmine rice correctly in a rice cooker takes out all the starch, carbs and calories that camp out on my thighs, right?

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  3. Pretty cool idea. I like the "pouch" idea of putting things on the grill. There are lots of possibilities there.

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  4. Love the bangs FC! I have a rice cooker/steamer/crock pot in one and I would die without it! It's the best thing ever invented!

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  5. I see you use Penzey's spices! Those are the best -we finally got a store in Richmond, VA last year.

    Your recipe looks delicous!

    BlndBertie

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  6. Um can you come to my house and make me lunch right now? LOL And you look adorable- is that a J.Crew shirt I spot?!

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  7. The food looks delicious! We use Penzy spices all the time, I love them. Plus, you look great! (I just bought that shirt in another color at JCrew over the weekend.)

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  8. Is that a pork loin I see with it??? YUMM-O. I love-ah my pork loins...

    I'm totally going to get a rice cooker. I just decided. If FC has it, so must I.

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  9. You are too cute, flat hair and all (which still looks fab). Looks so yummy!!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  10. yums! i think i will try it tonight FC! thanks for sharing!

    http://anhesty.blogspot.com

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  11. Very cool. I'll have to try this. I've enjoyed reading your blog. And I like your freckles as I have them too and think of them as beauty marks. A child without freckles is like a sky without stars :)

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  12. I'm just upset the Nutella wasn't worked in there!

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  13. My best friend has the same rice cooker! She also received it as a college gift.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  14. Looks so yummy! We have a big festival going on right now and the Hobo Potato stand was packed! But this version looks way better and HEALTHIER! I'll have to give it a whirl :)

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  15. who cares about a bad hair day when you have such a cute shirt on! me likey!

    fyi, your hair looks fabulous - and so does the grub!

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  16. wow that looks so good!! I'm definitely going to try that! Thanks for sharing!

    you look so pretty too! I love your shirt! =)

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  17. You crack me up. You could talk about the stock exchange and make me laugh...how do you do it?!?!

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  18. Delicious! I'm going to make these on Saturday! We eat our BBQ with rice as well! HeHe!

    "Jasmine rice is so fragrant and delicious, it'll make you cry.
    Trust me, I should know because I'm totally Asian" OMG! Too funny!

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  19. That looks yummmmy. And I agree - Jasmine rice and rice cookers from Chinatown are the best ;)

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  20. Looks delish and I just saw a tutorial and am going to try to make a shirt like yours tomorrow!

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  21. Mmmmm Pork Loin. The boyfriend made that for me last night... yummy.

    Looks great FC. I'm jotting down the reciepe ASAP.

    LB

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  22. You know what makes me cry? Looking at your food. I don't want to cook!

    And I just have to comment on a comment by Emily. :) "Those hobos look delish!" Bwa ha ha ha! (Taken out of context,) I just kept imagining a homeless person on the street corner! It seriously made me tear up!

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  23. Looks delish and I like the name of it. And you hair is So cute!! love the cut, very chic and stylish, and totally not flat looking :)

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  24. i grew up with a rice cooker and i miss it so...we used to eat rice and eggs. mmmmm. anyway, this is my kind of recipe, easy peasy. and your hair looks phenomenal. and thats the enough of my choppy sentences. who let me in blogland? geez :)

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  25. That sounds so good, pretty healthy too :) I love how simple it is.

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  26. Looks so yummy. I wish I wasn't too lazy to cook this summer.
    Mmmm

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  27. I think you're my adopted sister. lol.

    I'm an asian girl myself and my family (of many generations) only use Tiger rice cookers and eat only Jasmine rice! =D Rice is a must-have every night at the dinner table. =D In fact, we go through 50lbs bags of rice every few months!

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  28. I'd enjoy it with a freckly flat haired friend any time. :) Loooks lovely and I've never made hobos with your ingredients!

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  29. You all are sweeter than my "in real life" friends!! Thank you for putting up w/ me and my flat hair. I'm thrilled it didn't gross you out.

    Y'all are so gooooood. I am indeed wearing a J Crew tee ruffle corsage tee. J Crew lovers unite!!

    @ Priscilla: I hear ya, LOL. Growing up we had bags of rice stacked up against the pantry wall like bricks. Ha!


    And a hearty, warm welcome to my new readers! Thanks for dropping by!

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  30. How fun to get to "meet" you! I appreciate your encouragement about the rice. Good ideas.

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  31. Looks delish to me! Definitely going to try it out!

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  32. Oh and you can keep these posts coming, because I can take all the new recipes I can get!

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  33. i love food pics! good for you!

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  34. This was one of the most informative and LOL posts I have ever read. "Because I am totally Asian." "I should be a food photographer." Good stuff!

    And I adore your top too.

    jbhat

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  35. That looks so delicious.... I am definitely going to try this soon. I always like recipes that are hard to mess up :)

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  37. Yum! You totally rOcKeD that meal OuT, girL!

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  38. Thanks for sharing!
    a friend had been telling me about these but I've never tried, I was sold b/c of the pictures!

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~Freckles Chick~