Follow WFD_Alex on Twitter
Home Menu & Grocery List What's For Dessert Table
Topics
Quality
Time
Family Fun/Games Newsletter Mind-Stretching Brain Games Mystery Pictures Library Links Site
Information

Subscribe to our free
weekly newsletter

What's For Dinner?
on RSS

Aluminum Foil Christmas Buffet

Christmas buffet baked and served in aluminum foil. Brined chicken, fish with capers, cabbage and apples, spaghetti with fresh tomatoes and basil, peppered corn on the cob and croissants complete the menu.

Image of Aluminum Foil Christmas Buffet

We're more than just a cooking site! Learn about all our features!
What's For Dinner?

Grocery Shopping List for Aluminum Foil Christmas Buffet

Search What's For Dinner?   

Serves 4

Change the Serving Size


Pounded and Brined Baked Chicken Breast QuartersPounded and Brined Baked Chicken Breast Quarters

4 cups water
1/4 cup sea salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 leaves fresh basil, chopped
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Cabbage and Apples Quartered and RoastedCabbage and Apples Quartered and Roasted

1 head cabbage
2 gala apples
1/4 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Peppered Peppers and Corn on the CobPeppered Peppers and Corn on the Cob

2 small ears frozen corn on the cob
1/4 cup butter
8 mini sweet peppers
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Baked SpaghettiBaked Spaghetti

4 ounces spaghetti
12grape tomatoes
1/4 sweet onion
8 leaves fresh basil
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Lemon Caper FishLemon Caper Fish

12 ounces fish fillet
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 lemons
2 tablespoons white wine
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
4 teaspoons capers

4 croissants

From kitchen to table in

Directions

  1. Prepare brine by bringing half the water, the salt and the sugar to a boil. Stir to completely dissolve. Add chopped basil, cover and cool for 30 minutes. Add remaining cold water and place in the refrigerator.
  2. Cut chicken breast halves lengthwise into 2 pieces. One at a time, place each piece between two pieces of parchment paper, place on a breadboard or cutting board and use a kitchen mallet (a rolling pin will also work) to flatten chicken to an even 1/4 inch thickness. Note that one end of the chicken breast is naturally thicker than the other and will need more attention to create a uniform thickness.
  3. Place chicken breast quarters into a zip-lock plastic bag (four quarters will fit nicely into the gallon size). Pour brine into bag with chicken and seal the zip lock, squeezing out as much air as possible. Refrigerate for one hour turning 3 or 4 times throughout the process.
  4. While chicken soaks in the brine solution, prepare cabbage and apples.
  5. Cut cabbage head and apples into quarters and remove the core.
  6. Turn oven on to 350 degrees.
  7. Tear off sheets of aluminum foil for each cabbage quarter. Spread butter over top surfaces of cabbage wedge and place in the center of aluminum foil piece. Sprinkle pepper on top, place apple quarters on each side of cabbage wedge and sprinkle cinnamon over everything. Pull the corners of the foil up into the center and twist to seal. Place foil packets into a casserole dish and place in oven.
  8. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Drop in frozen corn and boil for five minutes. Remove corn from water and drain on paper towels.
  9. Cut tops off peppers, slice lenghtwise into halves and remove seeds.
  10. Tear off sheets of aluminum foil for each piece of corn. Spread 1 tablespoon butter over each ear and place in the center of the aluminum foil. Place the halves of 2 peppers on top each ear of corn. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and roll foil around the corn, twisting the ends to seal. Place in a rectangle cake pan and into oven.
  11. When corn has baked for 15 minutes, drain brine from chicken, wrap chicken strips in foil, sealing the edges and add to cake pan alongside corn. (Or use a separate pan if cooking for a large group.)
  12. When chicken has been in the oven for 5 minutes, prepare spaghetti.
  13. Heat a large pot of water on high for pasta. While water boils cut grape tomatoes in halves and onions into strips, set aside. Mince basil leaves and also set aside.
  14. When water is boiling add spaghetti, stir to separate and cook only until no longer stiff (about 3 minutes). Drain and rinse.
  15. Place aluminum foil into a casserole dish so that the edges come up all around the edges of the dish. Pour spaghetti into the center of the foil. Add tomatoes, onions and chopped basil and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle garlic powder over the top. Pull the foil up at the corners and twist to seal. Place in oven.
  16. Use another casserole dish and prepare foil as above for fish. Place fish fillet into the center of the foil. Pour olive oil over the fish. Slice lemons into thin slices and place on top of fish. Pour wine over the top and sprinkle with rosemary and capers. To seal the foil, bring two opposite sides together over the top and roll down to meet the fish. Next roll each edge in so that a complete seal is formed and the liquid will stay inside the pouch. Place in oven.
  17. After the fish has baked for 15 minutes, everything is ready to serve with your bakery croissants.

Christmas - Setting a Holiday Table

Nutritional information for Aluminum Foil Christmas Buffet

Calories: 725.5
Calories from Fat: 313.5

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35.5g 54%
Saturated Fat 15g 76%
Cholesterol 136mg 45%
Sodium 1379mg 57%
Total Carbohydrates 67g 23%
Dietary Fiber 6g 25%
Sugars 20g ~
Protein 38.5g 77%
Vitamin A 36% Iron 19%
Vitamin C 153% Calcium 6%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs

Roast Beef Christmas DinnerRoast Beef for Christmas Dinner

Learn how brining tenderizes meat.

Soak in a Brine Solution for Juicy and Tender Meat

Visit our Library

If You are Watching Your Cholesterol, be Choosy about Cheese

Before the cooking even starts

If You are Watching Your Cholesterol, be Choosy about Cheese

Health related Pros of Spirulina

Eat smart and feel great

Health related Pros of Spirulina

Helping Your Child Feel Motivated to Learn

It's all fun and learning!

Helping Your Child Feel Motivated to Learn

Shopping List For Aluminum Foil Christmas Buffet

Aluminum Foil Christmas Buffet
Recipe for Aluminum Foil Christmas Buffet
Select ingredients from
Aluminum Foil Christmas Buffet
to add to your grocery shopping list.
sugar
boneless skinless chicken breast
gala apples
coarse ground black pepper
frozen corn on the cob
mini sweet peppers
spaghetti
sweet onion
fish fillet
lemons
dried rosemary
capers
sea salt
cabbage
ground cinnamon
butter
red pepper flakes
grape tomatoes
fresh basil
garlic powder
olive oil
white wine
croissants

Browse the Recipe Directories

Toasted Chicken Enchilada Sandwich

Chicken

Toasted Chicken Enchilada Sandwich

Cheesy Rice Balls

Beef

Cheesy Rice Balls

Pork Noodle Stir Fry

Pork

Pork Noodle Stir Fry

Potato Cheese Pie

Meatless

Potato Cheese Pie

Flakey Fish with Peppers and Rice

Fish

Flakey Fish with Peppers and Rice

Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Bars

Dessert

Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Bars

Complete Meal Recipes

Open-Faced Italian Sandwich

30 Minute Meals

Open-Faced Italian Sandwich

Tuna Casserole

Convenience Foods Recipes

Tuna Casserole

Healthy Greens and Pasta with Chicken

Low-Carb Meals

Healthy Greens and Pasta with Chicken

Potatoes with Spicy Black Beans

Low-Fat Recipes

Potatoes with Spicy Black Beans

Baked-in-the-Bun Sloppy Joe

Lunch Ideas

Baked-in-the-Bun Sloppy Joe

Herbed Pork Chops with Garlic

Low-Sodium Meals

Herbed Pork Chops with Garlic

Add your own items:

Produce:

Meat:

Rice, Pasta, Ethnic:

Baking Needs:

Canned Foods:

Boxed Foods:

Frozen/Dairy:

Bakery:

Beverages and Snacks:

Miscellaneous:




 

Copyright © 2004 - 2012 What's For Dinner? Make Dinner Time Family Time! - All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use
Home || Today's Menu || Newsletter || Directory of Recipes