Pacific City, Oregon Beach with Vegetable Sausage Foil Pack Dinner
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The classic meal in a foil pouch, Vegetable Sausage Foil Pack Dinner, is easy to prepare at home in heavy-duty foil, and cook on a campfire (you will need tongs, hot pads, and a cooking grate), or at home on a grill.
Last week my husband and I set out on a road trip on the cheap. “On the cheap” means we take our 1987 Westfalia camper van on the road, and camp wherever we find a place we love. And making ahead a delicious dinner we can cook on the beach, like this Vegetable Sausage Foil Pack Dinner recipe.
Our all time favorite is Pacific City, Oregon. Enjoying camping means getting off the ground, we’re far more comfortable, and we love our “skinny” Westy bed.
My husband detailed the VW before we left, so it was nice and shiny and pretty.
Little did we know that we’d get so much attention on the beach!
You spend a lot of time talking with people who stop you … and they either have a Westy, or they want one, or … they want a tour.
Pacific City, Oregon.
On Pacific City beach, you get to drive down to the sand. So we pretend we’re in California! But truly, this part of the Oregon beach is spectacular.
We love our French press in the morning.
Fold up our bedding and pack up the car.
And drive back down to the beach.
Pop the top.
Take a nap.
Read, enjoy the sun.
Made camp on the south side of Rosemary to avoid the wind.
We watched the sun go down, and the fires started up.
Vegetable Sausage Foil Pack Dinner
I prepared the easiest campfire food ahead of time. You have the option of making these packs Vegetarian or not.
2 easy foil pouches filled with delicious vegetables (sweet potatoes, yum!) and sausage.
Pacific City allows you to have fires on the beach, which is where we cooked our meal.
Enjoy the sunset.
Unfortunately, they don’t allow you to sleep on the beach, so we headed up to our campsite across the street.
Almost lost “Rosemary.”
Paul thought it would be fun, as we were heading toward camp, to drive close to the waves.
Just like in the movies!
But unlike the movies, reality set in. Within seconds of us thinking it was cool, we found the back end of Rosemary sinking into the sand, with no ability to self-rescue.
Our teenage delight turned to a quick feeling of fear and dread.
We were a few waves away from being homeless.
We got out of the van and ran up to the large bonfire, where a bunch of young Aussies were gathered.
Can you help us? They came running, and tried to lift and push Rosemary’s heavy rear out of the sand.
Time was slipping away.
Then this happened, just like in the movies.
We got towed by one of the young men who had pity on us.
Is your husband always this irresponsible?
No! I said.
Tragedy + Time = Comedy.
We now laugh about our experience on the beach.
Do you have a favorite camping main dish meal that is easy to prepare ahead of time?
Vegetable Sausage Foil Pack Dinner
- 1 large, 2 small sweet potatoes
- 4-6 asparagus, each stem broken into 3 pieces
- 3 sausage links, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 small red onion, cut into wedges
- 1 yellow or orange pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 small zucchini, cut in 1-inch chunks
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- 1 teaspoon pepper, divided
- Olive oil
- Tin foil
- Cut 4 sheets of heavy-duty foil into 16-inch squares and place on flat work surface.
- Prepare veggies: Microwave the sweet potato for 2-3 minutes. Cut into 2-inch pieces, leaving the skin on. Cut the other veggies into pieces; place in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap (with 2 Tbsp. water) and steam for 3-4 minutes.
- Cut the sausage into pieces and sauté until lightly brown on each side.
- Divide the meat and veggies into 2 pieces of foil; salt and pepper the ingredients and drizzle with olive oil. For each pouch, bring 2 opposite sides of foil together across the middle, and fold to make a seam 1 inch wide. Do on the opposite end to seal the pouch securely.
- In a fire pit, build a wood fire about as wide as the cooking grate. Let it burn to low flames and embers.
- Set bundles on grill and cook, turning over with tongs every 10 minutes, until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes (to check, open with a knife).
- Protecting hands with grilling gloves, open pouches and garnish with fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese.
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