New England Clambake-esque Hobo Packs
Hobo packs are a nice way to neatly portion and cook foods on the grill or right in the embers. Try this seafood version of a family favorite. Story by Adam Reid as published by The Boston Globe Living. Photo: Jim Schemer, Styling: Catrine Kelty
  1. Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a gas grill on high for 15 minutes. (If using a gas grill, adjust the burners to medium-high and grill with the lid closed.)
  2. Meanwhile, arrange 4 pieces of heavy-duty foil, 18 inches long by at least 12 inches wide, on a work surface; wipe the center of each with neutral oil. Arrange about 6 potato slices in a single layer in the center of one piece and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Over the potatoes, arrange 5 pieces of corn, 6 shrimp, a quarter of the sausage slices, 2 sprigs of thyme, 6 clams, 4 pieces of butter, a sprinkle of pepper, and 2 slices of lemon. Add 2 tablespoons of water, first loosely folding the long edges of foil up (to help contain the water).
  4. Fold together the top and bottom edges of the foil and then the sides several times, leaving some headroom, and crimping all the edges to tightly seal. Repeat.
  5. Place the packets seam side up on the grill and grill directly over the flame until they’re slightly puffed, the clams have opened, and the shrimp, corn, and potatoes are cooked through, about 12 minutes on a gas grill or up to 18 minutes on a charcoal grill.
  6. Remove and open packets, discard lemon slices and thyme sprigs, transfer contents to serving bowls, sprinkle with scallions, and serve at once with grilled bread.