Cook the Cover – Thank You Food Network Magazine for a Simple Meal

When we know that the next cook the cover magazine is set to arrive any day, I’m always a little nervous to open the mailbox.  So, the big day came, and what was on the cover of Food Network Magazine?  Aluminum foil.  Yes, no food, the cover was wrapped in foil.  But it opened…to a delicious looking grilled meal of sausage and vegetables.  And delicious, it was!  Here is how we did with this month’s cook the cover, Food Network Magazine. (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  Read my disclosure policy here.)

Cook the Cover – Food Network Magazine

This recipe for beer-braised sausage and peppers came together very fast, like I had those bundles of meat and veggies wrapped up within 10 minutes!  The recipe was very easy to follow too.  So much easier than last month’s ice cream tacos on the cover of Rachael Ray Every Day.  So. Much. Easier.  Plus, there weren’t very many ingredients.  The recipe did call for andouille sausage, but I couldn’t find any at the grocery store.  I ended up buying some smoked kielbasa, which was a delicious substitute.  Another change I made was omitting the celery.  I didn’t have any, and it really didn’t sound right to me to put celery on the grill.

Ingredients for cook the cover food network magazine

I love the colorful ingredients…and the beer!

After a few minutes of chopping, everything was layered onto the aluminum foil.  These were looking pretty darn good already!

cook the cover grilled sausage and vegetables

There’s little mess involved when you are cooking in foil!

But what can be even better?  How about a drizzle of olive oil, seasonings, and a splash of beer!  This recipe is totally made for our Wisconsin family (disclaimer: my kids don’t actually drink beer)!  The foil packs were sealed up and placed onto a hot grill.  Now for a little clean up, while these grilled for 20 minutes.  Wait!  There’s no mess!  Cooking in foil is great!

cook the cover foil packets

I don’t really trust my “blind grilling” ability, but that sizzle sounds delicious!

The packets were turned once after 10 minutes, and I was starting to feel pretty proud of myself.  This cook the cover is turning out to be a piece of cake!  Now it’s time to eat.

The Final Result of the Cook the Cover

cook the cover food network magazine

Oh yeah! I did good!

Charred sausage and vegetables are the perfect combination.  Everything was juicy (no beer flavor) and absolutely delicious.  This meal was very easy to prepare on the grill, and the magazine actually had a number of recipes that were prepared in foil.  I just may have to try another one!

The Cook the Cover Challenge

This monthly cook the cover challenge is fun in so many ways.  First there is the element of surprise, because you don’t know what you are going to be making.  Then, you have to read the recipe and take on the challenge of a possible new cooking technique or maybe you get to try a new ingredient or two.  Finally, you get the satisfaction of the final meal and knowing that yes, you are a pretty darn good cook!

Read about our past cook the cover experiences:

Next Month’s Cook the Cover

We are feeling a little healthier after all the vegetables in this meal, so for next month, I’m going to cook whatever is on the cover of the November issue of EatingWell.  I’m guessing the dish will have something to do with Thanksgiving, and that’s a meal I have never cooked!  I challenge your family to pick up the November issue of EatingWell and join us!


This month's cook the cover was from Food Network Magazine. This meal of grilled sausage and vegetables is quick and easy!


  • patricia@grab a plate October 2, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    What a fun challenge! I love it! And what a great dish – yours looks wonderful!

    • Vicki October 4, 2017 at 6:18 am

      Thanks Patricia! It is fun!

  • Denay DeGuzman October 2, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Oh my gosh this is fabulous! I made a few Cook the Cover recipes like this last year, then never got around to posting them up. Vicki, I am so ready to take on your challenge. I’ll try to get right on it this month. When I do it I’ll tag you in the post!

    • Vicki October 2, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      Thanks Denay! Definitely tag me so I can see what you made!

  • Elise Cohen Ho October 2, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Wow. You did a great job. Fun idea too.

    • Vicki October 2, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      Thanks Elise! It’s a fun thing to do every month!

  • Tasia B October 2, 2017 at 10:28 am

    These look amazing! What a perfect spin on a tinfoil dinner!

    • Vicki October 2, 2017 at 10:36 am

      Thanks! Easy to make and easy to clean up, love cooking with foil!


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