Whether you’re in the wilderness or want a rustic dish at home, these campfire potatoes are a classic summertime side that pairs well with all types of meat.
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Table of Contents
- About Campfire Potatoes
- What are campfire baked potatoes?
- What’s in campfire potatoes?
- How long should you cook campfire potato packets?
- Can you bake campfire potatoes in the oven?
- How long are campfire potatoes good for?
- Can you freeze campfire potatoes?
- Notes & tips for campfire potatoes
- Other great side dishes
- How to cook campfire potatoes
- Recipe Details
About Campfire Potatoes
Whether camping is a family tradition or you simply want to add some rustic flair to your weeknight dinners at home, campfire potatoes are the fun and easy way to make a flavorful side dish that goes with just about any meal.
Because what isn’t there to like about a hassle-free side dish covered in cheesy goodness and subtle baked-veggie flavor?
What are campfire baked potatoes?
Campfire potatoes are just a simple 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 being cooked over an open heat source.
What’s in campfire potatoes?
- Cheddar cheese and unsalted butter – Because cheesy, buttery potatoes and onions are always a win.
- Fresh parsley, Worchestershire sauce, salt, and pepper – For seasoning and flavor.
- Potatoes and onions – The stars of the show, these make up the core vegetables in campfire potatoes.
- Chicken broth – Serves as the liquid to cook and soften the onions. Plus, it adds a bit of flavor. You can substitute this with water if you’d like.
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.
How long are campfire potatoes good for?
Once prepared and cooled, campfire potatoes can be removed from the aluminum foil and stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator (or a very iced cooler!) for up to three to four days.
Can you freeze campfire potatoes?
Once prepared and cooled, campfire potatoes can be stored in a sealed container or freezer bag for up to three to four months.
Notes & tips for campfire potatoes
- If you’re cooking over a heat source or directly on coal, heavy aluminum foil is recommended.
- When picking your potatoes, I recommend using russet, white, or golden.
- If you plan on storing the campfire potatoes, be sure to remove them from the aluminum foil. Foil is great to cook with, but storing food in it can cause Clostridium botulinum to grow in the food.
- Feel free to use as much cheese as you’d like. This recipe originally had 1/3 cup cheddar cheese but over the years I’ve begun to use anywhere from 1/2 or 3/4.
Other great side dishes
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!
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons fresh minced parsley
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 pinch salt, to taste
- 1 pinch black pepper, to taste
- 5 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, sliced thin
- In a medium bowl, mix together cheese, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Set bowl aside.1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 2 tablespoons fresh minced parsley, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 pinch black pepper, 1 pinch salt
- 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.5 medium potatoes, 1 medium onion
- Drizzle chicken broth on top of potatoes and onion, then spoon on the cheese mixture. Top with thin slices of butter.1/4 cup chicken broth, 1/2 cup unsalted 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.
I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.