Complaint Kitchen Campfire Potatoes


campfire potatoes

Kids have a week between school and camp.

Husband will be biking to Manhattan.

Thanks but no.

We will go camping.

You and the kids?

Yup. Me and my three kids.

Have you ever camped?

No. But how hard can it be.

Reserve campsite that is more like glamping, tent set up, beds inside, all equipment provided very rustic and heroically decide to make do.

Can only check into campsite at 5pm so have the whole day to buy provisions.

Night before departure accidentally click on Pinterest to see if any cool camping recipes.

Mom after Mom from Utah to Oregon offering camping tips for bringing their six plus blonde children on endless camping trips without screens or pre-packaged food.

The secret, they all agree, is in the planning.

More food and snacks you have prepared in advance, smoother camping will go.


Smoother camping means less complaining, something we at Complaint Kitchen all strive for.

Leap out of bed and quietly go to kitchen to prepare at least one recipe in advance.

campfire potatoes

Campfire Potatoes


  • Leftover mashed potatoes (Pinterest Moms used fresh sliced potatoes but I opened my fridge and figured mashed will do the trick. Any baked or roasted or mashed potato or sweet potato you have left would be perfect here.)
  • Sliced onion
  • Shredded cheese (Not to show off, but I did have some leftover Mexican shredded cheese from taco night. I also used a few slices of Havarti that were looking a bit dry around the edges fresh and fabulous)
  • Butter (I didn’t add butter, enough is enough)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Tin foil
  • Pam cooking spray

Here’s what you do:

  1. Cut or tear tin foil into rectangles about the size of a piece of printer paper.
  2. Spray with Pam.
  3. Add potatoes in middle of foil.
  4. Onion on top.
  5. Shredded cheese or cheese cut into strips.
  6. This is probably where you would add the butter if you are so inclined.
  7. Salt and pepper generously.
  8. Wrap foil into a tight package.
  9. Refrigerate until leaving for camping.
  10. Remember to pack in cooler – this step is key.
  11. When barbecuing your dinner, put potato packs on grill.
  12. (They will not cook.)
  13. Take potato packs off grill and put directly onto wood or coals.
  14. Leave there for approx. 30 minutes.
  15. Take tongs or spatula and remove from heat.
  16. Each person gets a pack.
  17. Assist with opening – it’s very hot.

If your husband is not biking to Manhattan and you are not taking your kids camping you can still make this recipe on the barbecue. Everyone in this house likes individual packages of food, and this one was truly delicious.


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Amy Fish is a Canadian who writes about complaining. She is the author of the non-fiction book The Art of Complaining Effectively. Amy has been interviewed on national and local television and radio as a complaints expert, and as a writer. Her work has been published in  Reader’s Digest and the Globe and Mail (Canada’s national newspaper) and she has won writing prizes from both Writer’s Digest and the Quebec Writer’s Federation. Amy loves to spread the gospel of complaining effectively and has appeared as a keynote speaker at conferences, professional meetings and garage door openings. Visit Amy online at

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