Monday, June 2, 2014

Campfire Potatoes

I love love love love love campfires.  I am not the type of person that can just sit idly and stop thinking.  That's why I have to put 'meditation' on my to do list.  Oxymoron?  Yes.
But with a campfire, I can sit for hours and just stare at the flames.  Maybe move some logs around every once in a while, but for the most part it's just a lot of sitting and staring.  I also love the smell of campfire smoke in your clothes and your hair for days to come.  And there's nothing better than food cooked over an open flame.

When we were little, we used to make these campfire potatoes when we'd have fires at my Aunt Linda and Uncle Don's house.  They are so simple (just 4 ingredients, 5 if you count smoke), but taste so amazing!
We used to make them in a tin coffee can, but when I tried to do that this time around, I realized that coffee cans are now cardboard!  Who knew?!  So foil worked just fine.

They take a while to make (about an hour), so make sure you put them in right when you're starting your fire, but it's really more about the experience anyway.  Enjoy the time sitting and staring.

1 lb. new potatoes
2 Tbsp. butter (+ more for greasing the foil)
1 Tbsp. coarse seasalt
1/4 tsp. pepper

1.  Clean your potatoes and cut them into smaller pieces (if you can't find the tiny new potatoes).

2.  Butter a large piece of foil then place the potatoes in the center.  Season with salt and pepper (you could add other fresh or dried herbs here too if you like).  Dot the top with 2 Tbsp butter.  Fold the foil around the potatoes and pinch together to seal closed.

3.  Place in the coals of your fire* and rotate every 15 minutes or so to prevent burning.  After 45 start checking with a fork to see if they're done.  Mine took about 1 hour.

*I found that if you put a flat rock in your coals, you can scoop the packet of potatoes off with a spatula easier.
**Another option: put the same ingredients into a tin coffee can, cover with foil (poke a couple holes in the top to let out steam) and cook the same way.
***If you'd rather not make a campfire, you can do the same thing on the grill or in the oven set to 400˚ for about an hour.

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