Camping Meat and Potatoes - Layered - Two Styles

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Introduction: Camping Meat and Potatoes - Layered - Two Styles

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Meat and Potatoes. It is a simple meal. Two ingredients. It is a meal that lends itself to being a great camping meal that can be easily carried, prepared, and cooked. In this Instructable, I will show you two different ways to make layered meat and potatoes, skewered and wrapped in aluminum foil.

Step 1: Ingredients and Tools

The two ingredients are meat and potatoes. For the meat I like to use a summer sausage. It keeps without refrigeration, and is high in fat and calories for the energy you need when backpacking. I find that the spices and juices mix well with the potato. Most summer sausages have a casing that is not edible, so you want to peal it off before cooking them.

The tools needed are a knife big enough to cut the potato and the summer sausage, and a cutting board to cut them on. A skewer (I think mine is 16" long) for the skewered version and some aluminum foil for the wrapped version. I find that the skewer packs well with my tent poles. Something to clean your hands, like hand sanitizer. Gloves are handy (pun intended) to protect your hands, from the heat, while turning the layered meat and potatoes.

Step 2: Build a Fire and Make Some Coals

You will need a good hot bed of coals. I make a fire using medium sticks so that the coals will form quickly. While the sticks are burning down to coals, I start preparing the meat and potatoes.

Step 3: Prep Work.

The prep work consists of slicing the meat and potatoes. For the skewered version, I like to slice the potatoes about 1/4" thick and the summer sausage about 1/8" thick. Most summer sausages have a casing that is not edible, so you want to peal it off before cooking them. I then skewer them in alternating layers onto the skewer.

Step 4: Prep for the Foil Wrapped Version

Prep for the foil wrapped version is similar, but I like to make the slices of the potato about 1/2" thick. Place the potato and summer sausage slices in alternating layers onto the aluminum foil and wrap them up tight. The foil will keep all the juices in and help the potato layers soak up the flavors.

Step 5: Bed of Coals

By now your fire should have burned down to a nice bed of coals. I make sure there are two rocks, that will support both ends of the skewer, about two inches above the coals. I use a stick to rake the coals in between these two rocks. I keep the coals near the front of the fire ring, so I can keep feeding the fire, at the back, to make fresh coals, during the cooking process.

Step 6: Cook Your Meat and Potatoes

I place the ends of the skewer on the two rocks beside the coals. I then place the foil wrapped meat and potato directly on the coals. Depending on the heat of your coals, it should take about 30 to 45 minutes to cook both meat and potatoes. You can tell when they are done by gently squeezing them. If they are firm, they need to cook longer. Once they are a little squishy, they are ready.

Step 7: Time to Eat!

Now that you have been smelling the aroma of the cooking meat and potatoes, It is time to eat. I usually slide the meat and potatoes off the skewer into a plate. The potato and meat slices can be picked up and eaten with your hands or a fork. If the outside edges of the sausage and potato slices are charred, you can break them in half and eat the center while throwing the thin charred outer edges into the fire. The foil wrapped version potato slices will be soft and fluffy and you can spoon them directly out of the foil.

Cleanup is easy. Just carefully ball the foil up and pack it out, wipe the skewer off and you are ready to go. If you brought fixings for smores you have a nice bed of coals ready to cook dessert on.

Step 8: Video

As usual, I made a video.

Thank you for watching.

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    19 Comments

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    andyrobertson1
    andyrobertson1

    6 months ago on Step 8

    So it's a tasty sausage and potato kebab....nice!

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    CHARLESCRANFORD
    CHARLESCRANFORD

    Reply 4 months ago

    Thank you for the comment. Sorry for the late reply.

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    andyrobertson1
    andyrobertson1

    Reply 4 months ago

    No need to apologise, we have busy lives. Keep the tasty food ideas coming!

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    FoodFairie
    FoodFairie

    8 months ago

    So simple but so cool..I mean, hot! And I love your fire pictures.

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    Taneous
    Taneous

    11 months ago

    Did the sausage get cooked with the plastic sleeve still on? It looks like it did. If so I imagine it'll need to be peeled off first.

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    CHARLESCRANFORD
    CHARLESCRANFORD

    Reply 11 months ago

    Thank you for pointing that out. I was in a rush to get my video made, before the sun went down. I have edited my Instructable so that it states that most summer sausage casings are not edible and should be pealed off before cooking them. Thanks again for pointing out this important ommission.

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    Alex in NZ
    Alex in NZ

    11 months ago

    That does look awesome! Proper wilderness cooking rather than pouch/rehydrate. Thank you for sharing :-)

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    CHARLESCRANFORD
    CHARLESCRANFORD

    Reply 11 months ago

    I have gone from heavy packs, to ultralight, to medium weight. The dehydrated meals make packing light easy, especially if you have access to treatable water supplies. But just as I don't mind adding a few more ounces to the pack for creature comforts, like a chair instead of just sitting on the ground. and inflatable mattress instead of thin foam pad, I also don't mind packing "real" food, even if it does weigh more. Thank you for the comment.

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    TheIdeaGuy
    TheIdeaGuy

    11 months ago

    Two words bon apetite.

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    CHARLESCRANFORD
    CHARLESCRANFORD

    Reply 11 months ago

    Two sets of two words...I agree, thank you.

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    TheIdeaGuy
    TheIdeaGuy

    Tip 11 months ago

    Maybe if you put a little bit of salt and garlic on it that would be good.

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    CHARLESCRANFORD
    CHARLESCRANFORD

    Reply 11 months ago

    You could add some flavor, but I find that all the spices, in the summer sausage, mix well to flavor the potatoes. But to each his own. Thank you for the comment.

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    TheIdeaGuy
    TheIdeaGuy

    11 months ago

    Stop it, you're making me hungry. That looks sooooooo good we also camp a lot and I know what I'm making next time we go camping.

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    CHARLESCRANFORD
    CHARLESCRANFORD

    Reply 11 months ago

    Thank you for the comment. Please let me know how they turn out for you.

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    iminthebathroom
    iminthebathroom

    11 months ago

    That looks great, i'm sure the sausage flavors the potato nicely.

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    CHARLESCRANFORD
    CHARLESCRANFORD

    Reply 11 months ago

    Thank you. Not only does the sausage flavor the potato, the potato makes the sausage less over spicy. They complement each other.

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    Kevin85
    Kevin85

    11 months ago on Step 8

    We like camping a lot and this is a great idea for a quick, easy campfire meal. Great for breakfast or dinner. Thanks for sharing.

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    CHARLESCRANFORD
    CHARLESCRANFORD

    Reply 11 months ago

    Thank you for the comment. I have never thought about having this for breakfast. I will have to try it next time I go camping.