Jun 22, 2010

Campfire Skillet Potatoes

This is a camping favorite that we make everytime we go camping. It is just really easy and does not require many ingredients. I love cooking on an open fire. I am not sure why, but food just always tastes better. I usually limit my cooking supplies to a knife, cutting board, iron skillet, spatchla, large spoon and a small sauce pan. It keeps things simple and keeps me from going overboard. I also take adobo seasoning, seasoning salt, fresh garlic and onions if we have them on hand. For breakfast we usually make breakfast burritos, eggs and bacon, and sometimes skillet potatoes. You can make so many things in an iron skillet, something I thought everyone knew until the other day. If you have not cooked in one before, I suggest you pick one up, clean it, and rub oil on it inside and outside, place it in the oven for about 5 -10 minutes on 350 to season it and protect it. Also, make sure when you wash it to always dry it out in the oven or on the stovetop or it will rust.

Campfire Skillet Potatoes

6 Small or Medium Potatoes, sliced thin with peel on
1 Onion or 3 shallots, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbsp olive oil
Seasoning Salt, about 1/2 tsp
Adobo Seasoning, about 1/2 tsp

Drizzle about 2 tbsp olive oil onto bottom of iron skillet. Add in potatoes, onions, garlic and seasonings. Drizzle remaining olive oil onto potato mixture; stir. Place foil on top of iron skillet. Place skillet onto fire pit grill (its okay if some flames are on part of the pan, but don't let the flames engulf the entire skillet. Cook for about 10 minutes, remove from fire, stir. Return foil and skillet back to fire; cook 10 more minutes. Remove from fire and check to see if they are almost cooked. If they are almost done, remove foil and continue cooking about 5-10 more minutes. Serve warm.

Tip: Bacon grease is ideal for this dish if you have it on hand. For instance cook bacon first then use grease with potatoes or save grease when cooking breakfast.

Options:
Add hot pepper flakes (bring the small packages you get from pizza places)
Salt, pepper, or garlic powder
More oil can be added.

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