For as long as I can remember my Mom has been having a love affair with potatoes. She always says that she has never met a potato that she didn’t like. She found a million different ways to make potatoes while we were growing up, and she still does! She loves to eat them and she loves to talk about them. (You do Mom, admit it.) Anyway, last week we got a bag of new potatoes in our Denison CSA Share. I knew immediately what I was going to do with them.
One of the recipes that Mom loved to make in the summer when we went camping was campfire potatoes. It’s a dish that I remember fondly and as I’m learned my way around the kitchen, I have figured out that the recipe itself is not all that important, but rather this is a great method to use up whatever you have kicking around the fridge & spice drawer in your potatoes. I’ll include a loose interpretation of what I did this particular night, but again you can vary of the ingredients and have a different version of campfire potatoes every time you cook them.
*A dozen new potatoes chopped into good sized chunks
*1 sweet onion chopped
*2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
*eggplant, peppers, squash or whatever veggies you’d like to include
*3-4 garlic cloves chopped
*small bunch of chopped rosemary
*salt & pepper to taste
Chop everything up and mix it together. Wrap potato goodness mixture up in an aluminum foil packet.
They get their name from being cooked over a campfire. However, we make these all the time at home on our gas grill. Put them on the grill rack and cook for 20-30 minutes or until potatoes are tender and cooked through. You can turn them over half way through cooking if you like. I rarely do. Once they are finished remove from the grill and they go right to the table at our house i their foil packet until it’s time to eat. All you need to do is open the aluminum foil and serve. Use caution when first opening as there is usually trapped steam inside that is hot! These are quick, easy and very versatile! So dive in and joy some potatoes this summer without turning on the oven.
Happy kiddo after great potatoes at dinner! He’s clearly related to my mother because he will eat potatoes before anything else and so far he has eaten them every which way that we have made them.