A few weekends ago, Jason and I went camping with our dear friends, the Rickards. Crisp clean air, leafy trails, and good company. It was the perfect hello to fall.
Our excursion consisted of two days and a half days of building fires, making french press, tacking up clotheslines, hiking marble yards, killing and/or running from giant green grasshoppers, fishing, swimming, laughing and, of course cooking. (Confession: I love Jason's Popeye pose...)
I also discovered that beer, butter, garlic, and cinders happen to bring out the best in potatoes... soft, crumbly insides and the crusty edges. Campfire, comfort food extraordinaire!
Beer Braised Campfire Potatoes
5 red potatoes
2 cloves garlic
3 tablespoons butter
1 can of beer (I used Yuengling Lager) or Hard Cider if you are keeping it GF
Salt & pepper
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Yields: 4 Servings
First, cut up the potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Cut garlic into thin slivers. Place a handful of potatoes on an 12" by 8" squares of foil. Place garlic and chunks of butter on potatoes. Roll edges of foil up to create a little packet. Make three more packets.
Pour beer over potatoes. Oh, yes.
Cover packets with two more squares of foil. I like to think of my packets as triple wrapped.
Bury packets in hot, red embers for 30 to 40 minutes until potatoes are soft. The liquid will dry up.
Open packets and let your mouth water just a bit. If you so desire, sprinkle with cayenne pepper, and compliment with a brimming mug of apple cider.
Note: If you aren't a camper, you can make this at home by combining all ingredients in a pie pan at 425°F for 25 minutes. :.)