i don’t know if it’s the weather, the smoke, or the camaraderie, but food cooked over a campfire tastes a special kind of wonderful. over halloween weekend, bret, myself, and a few friends set up camp in the apalachicola national forest: we shared embarrassing childhood stories, met some of the sweetest dogs ever, and ended up sweating our faces off and going home early on the last day, but before that, we shared an incredible meal of garlicky green chili over these campfire-roasted potatoes. i made the green chili in advance and packed it in jars to reheat in a big pot over the fire, but the potatoes were an unrehearsed idea i only hoped would turn out — and they did! i knew the moment i sunk my teeth into the creamy, flesh of the garlic-infused potato that i wanted to share them here with you. unfortunately, all the photos i shot with the big-kid camera look like they were obstructed by a cloud but i happened to spy a photo on bret’s instagram that shows our potatoes off in their sweet spot: roasting over a hot fire with a group of friends hungrily and happily staring at them. so here they are: for you; for me; for us.
making these — even on campsite — is stupidly, awesomely simple; with some clean water nearby you’ll have everything you need to prep them right around the campfire. if you don’t have a trip outdoors in your near future, roast the foil-wrapped potatoes in an oven at 450F. they’ll be just as good. or almost as good (and you won’t even have to sweat or risk a shoeful of antbites). ??☀
- a whole bunch of small russet potatoes, washed but not peeled
- olive oil/coconut oil/butter
- whole, peeled, large garlic cloves
- sea salt + pepper
- aluminum foil + a pair of tongs
- prepare enough square pieces of aluminum foil to wrap each potato.
- grab a clean potato. poke holes in it with a fork and place on a sheet of foil.
- slather in oil. sprinkle with plenty of salt and pepper.
- plop a garlic clove next to the seasoned potato and wrap with foil.
- repeat process for all potatoes (in the world).
- carefully place potatoes over a nice, hot campfire and let roast, turning occasionally, about 45 minutes or until completely tender.
- unwrap, top with green chili or nothing at all, and enjoy the best damn russet potato of your life.