Introduction: Backcountry Loomis Potatoes
If you are looking for a great camping meal idea, try my Backcountry Loomis Potatoes. It's a complete hearty meal cooked over a campfire. It can be prepared the day before, so you can spend more time enjoying your adventure . For other ideas, please visit Loomis Adventures .
Potatoes (I prefer red, but any will do)
Step 1: Prepare Ingredients
Cut up potatoes, onion, chicken, and butter. I am a big eater, so I normally use a couple boneless skinless chicken thighs or a large chicken breast, 3 medium sized red potatoes, and 1 small onion. You can adjust the proportions according to the appetite of those you are cooking for. I normally use 2-3 tablespoons of butter.
Step 2: Aluminum Foil
Cut 2 pieces of aluminum foil about 18" long. Lay them on top of each other. Add about a tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle some garlic salt and pepper onto the foil. You may also sprinkle on any of you other favorite spices (I like to add lemon pepper sometimes). Don't add too much as you will be adding more in the next step. Repeat for as many portions as you want to make.
Step 3: Mix Ingredients
Take chicken, potatoes, onions, and butter and mix them together on the foil. Add 1-2 more tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle more garlic salt and pepper (and other spices if desired) over the cut up ingredients. Repeat if making additional portions.
Step 4: Package It Up
Pull the two long sides of the aluminum foil together like a hot dog. Starting at the top fold the foil over again and again until tight in small (3-4 mm) increments to seal the contents inside. Do the same thing on the two ends but with larger folds (1 cm). Repeat if making additional portions.
Step 5: Cooking
Once you have a fire or bbq with plenty of coals, place the aluminum foil packet(s) directly on the coals. Cook 15 to 20 minutes flipping every 5 minutes. Cook 20 minutes for soft potatoes and 15 minutes for firm with a slight crunch. I find the easiest way to flip is with welding gloves or thick leather work gloves. I do not recommend tongs as they can pierce the aluminum foil. While cooking the packet(s) might expand as gasses build up from the heat. This is normal, so just let it be.
In the summer I often wrap corn on the cob in foil and throw on the fire at the same time.
Step 6: Enjoy
After cooking for 15-20 minutes, carefully remove the aluminum packet(s) from the fire or bbq. Be careful opening as the contents will be extremely hot. If you are not ready to eat right away, you can leave the packet(s) closed and thee food will remain hot for 10-20 minutes. Sit back and enjoy your Backcountry Loomis Potatoes.
This meal works great for camping in any season. The picture below is from a snow camping trip.
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