Campfire Potatoes

May 21, 2013
4 Ratings
Photo by Rocky Luten
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

This camping-friendly method will reward you with the irresistible aroma of garlic and herbs – just be careful with you unwrap the foil after the potatoes are done cooking, as there will be a release of very hot steam. —Adam Rapoport

What You'll Need
  • 16 medium Yukon Gold potatoes (about 2 inches in diameter), halved
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 unpeeled large garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan. Add salt and enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer potatoes until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain. Return to same saucepan. Add all remaining ingredients to potatoes; toss to coat. Let cool.
  2. Arrange six 12-inch squares of foil on a work surface. Divide potato mixture among foil squares, placing 1 garlic clove atop potatoes on each square. Crimp foil to seal packets. (Can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.)
  3. Build a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill, or heat a gas grill to high. Place potato packets on grill and cook, turning occasionally, until heated through and sizzling, about 15 minutes.
  4. Transfer packets to plates. Pierce foil with a fork to release steam. Open packets carefully (hot steam will escape).

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Adam Rapoport is Editor-in-Chief of Bon Appétit magazine and its website

3 Reviews

Shirley August 7, 2016
For a more complete meal add hamberger paties on top of the potatoes, sliced onions salt and pepper, wrap up and place on rack very close to fire for 15-20 min. The fats from the meat flavors and drips down on the sure you make enough for two apiece or more. Camping makes you hungary.
little.anomaly February 9, 2014
Is there any way these could be made further ahead (12-24 hrs) and stored in a cooler and recooked over the fire? They see perfect for a camping trip.
mja June 6, 2013
I do the same thing except I place it in the oven. I have not tried using thyme with potatoes so I will give it a try. I steam my potatoes for 15 minutes rather than boiling them. Will definitely try this for our next camping-road trip. With 3 children in tow, I've learned in the last couple of years to pre-make things ahead of time for ease.