My family never went camping when I was growing up, so I didn’t discover the glory that is campfire potatoes until well into adulthood.
And, you guys, I was totally missing out.
Because what isn’t there to like about a hassle-free side dish covered in cheesy goodness and subtle baked-veggie flavor?
Now, I’ll admit, my enthusiasm for this dish might because I love appetizers and sides (and could probably live off potatoes if I
could had to) but what really wowed me about campfire potatoes was their simplicity. Juggling a side dish can sometimes the last thing you want to do, especially when you’re working a grill with temperamental meats with multiple doneness requests. In those situations, you need accompaniments that will practically “cook themselves,” and that’s exactly what these potatoes do.
Since stumbling across this recipe, I’ve made them a few times, and the potatoes and onions have been and cheesy perfection on each occasion.
What are campfire baked potatoes?
Campfire potatoes are just a fun and easy way to cook an easy side dish over an open fire or grill. The ingredients are simple – potatoes, onions, cheese, and some herbs – which are all tightly wrapped in a foil packet before cooked over an open heat source.
How long should you cook campfire potato packets?
In most cases, campfire potatoes will be ready in about 40 minutes when cooked over “medium intensity” flame or goals.
Can you bake campfire potatoes in the oven?
Yes, you totally can!
I know many might think this defeats whole the purpose of the “fire” in “campfire,” but there are times when it might be better to save the fire for the main course and send any side dishes to any oven you have access to (like in an RV). Plus, don’t forget backyard camping – lighting a fire in your backyard might not always be practical, but that doesn’t mean you have to do without classic foods like this.
To cook these in the oven, just place the wrapped foil packet on a baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes at 400 degrees F.
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How to cook campfire potatoes
This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.
Step 1 – In a small bowl, toss together cheese, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, and some salt and pepper (to taste). Once mixed, we the bowl nearby.
Step 2 – Lay out a large sheet of aluminum foil and arrange sliced potatoes and onions in the center. Pull up and pinch the edges of the foil so that it creates a bowl-like shape around the veggies, then pour on the chicken broth.
Step 3 – Sprinkle the tops of the potatoes with the cheese mixture.
Step 4 – Add pieces of sliced butter on top.
Step 5 – Pull up the edges of the foil and pinch the ends closed, forming a foil packet. It’s okay if you need to use another piece of foil on top to close everything up.
Step 6 – Grill, roast, or bake!
Step 7 – Enjoy!
Whether you're out in the woods or just want the rustic feel at home, these campfire potatoes are a classic summertime side dish that pairs great with all types of meat. Includes instructions for grilling, roasting, or baking.
In a medium bowl, mix together cheese, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Set bowl aside.
Take two large pieces of aluminum foil (20 inches by 20 inches) and stack them together. If the foil you're using is rectangular in shape, stack the foil so that the pieces form an X.
Arrange sliced potatoes and onions in the center of the foil in a short, even layer. Lift up and gently pinch the edges of the foil so it forms a bowl around the potatoes and onions.
Drizzle chicken broth on top of potatoes and onion, then spoon on the cheese mixture. Top with thin slices of butter.
Pull up the edges of the foil and pinch them together to form a sealed foil packet. If needed, place another piece of foil on top to help close all the gaps.
For cooking on the grill or campfire
Heat grill to medium coals.
Place prepared foil packet on the grill and cook for 35-40 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
For cooking in the oven
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Place prepared foil packet on a baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes or until potatoes are tender.