Friday, June 3, 2011

Potato Packets

In the last couple of years, this side dish has quickly become a favorite of ours. My husband can never remember the name of them, he just says "Can you make those potato thingies in the aluminum foil."  I know exactly what he is referring to.

It is such an easy concept and it makes one potato go a long way. One large potato is enough for me and my husband. 
I've said this before but my husband is a true meat and potatoes man. To the core. Hard core. So naturally, he went nuts over this.

Now, I am an onion lover and if you are too, I suggest you throw some in there. My husband (Mr. Picky eater, with a capital "P") will turn hide and run if he sees even a hint of onion. And it's hard to sneak them in on a dish like this. 
But he does love garlic, so garlic it is!
Ingredients:
2 large russet potatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 tbsp. butter
1/3 cup heavy cream
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/2 yellow onion, diced (optional)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F)
Give your potatoes a good scrub with a paper towel or rinse them off a bit and dry.
Dice potatoes into cubes. Leaving the skin on.
You're gonna need 4 sheets of aluminum foil squares to make the packets.
On each of the four squares, place 1 tbsp. of butter (or more if you like).
Divide up the cubed potatoes and place on top of the butter on each aluminum foil square.
 Evenly sprinkle minced garlic over each of the four servings (also, add onion if you're using).
Then sprinkle with kosher salt & pepper.
Now, pour a bit of the heavy cream onto each of the potato packets. Evenly distribute the cream as best you can. 
Feel free to add a bit more cream as necessary.
You may need to fold up the sides just a bit to keep the cream from drizzling off the edges.
Fold up each of the sides to make a nice little bed for the potatoes, making a square. Long sides come in first then short sides. 
So none of the butter and cream can escape while cooking.
Place potato packets on a baking sheet and cook for about 45 minutes (until fork tender).

Be careful when opening the packets because the steam is gonna come outta there fast and furious. Now dig in!

Serves 4


Cook's Note: Trying doing these on the grill. Prepare the same way. 
Put on a grill sheet over medium heat for about 35-45 minutes (check after the first 30 minutes). 
Also, make sure you clean your grill really well. If there are any old, crusty bits on your grates, then it may poke a hole in the aluminum foil (or you could just double-foil these packets).



Enjoy!

Printable Recipe Here



37 comments :

Siggy Spice said...

We love these! Hmmm, I may have to make some, haven't had them in quite a while!

Annie's Dish said...

We like to go camping at least a few times over the summer and I am always looking for recipes that can be adapted to cook over the campfire. This looks like a great one for that!

Do you do any camping? Have any good recipes for that?

Holly said...

Im lovin these! And also lovin how you used garlic in them! YUM I think adding in some rosemary would be delish too. : )

Brooks at Cakewalker said...

LOVE it! This concept feels a bit nostalgic for me...I can't remember if it was my mother who made a version of this, or my sister's experience in Girl Scouts that first introduced me to the method. Either way, I haven't seen or thought of it a few decades. Thank you for your spin Brandie...keep serving 'em up!

The Cannary's said...

We love this style of packet cooking - a great way to 'bake" in the summer on the grill. We add a chicken breast and taco seasoning - it's soooo good!

Sandra said...

This sounds fantastic! What a fun way to cook potatoes..never tried it before that way!!! I love it, and thanks so much for sharing!!

The Mom Chef said...

I think I'd need to have onions AND garlic on my potatoes. No picky eating here. What a great idea this is. I can see why this is a favorite of yours.

Baking Serendipity said...

We made these all the time when I was growing up, but my dad always seasoned them with the Lawry's orange salt. Definitely one of my favorite childhood foods :)

RavieNomNoms said...

What a great idea!! I love it! Thank you for sharing it

Aarthi said...

simple yet comfort food

Veronica Gantley said...

I used to make these when we went camping. They were alway a hit. Sometimes I would add muchrooms to mine.

Jen at The Three Little Piglets said...

These would be delicious with a little sliced onion and Gruyere thrown in... Who doesn't love easy?!

Moquelish said...

That looks like such a yummy and easy dish. 2 things I am always looking for. Thanks for sharing it.

Lizzy said...

Yum! A new version for us...I'll have to try this. I usually use shallots, thyme, butter, olive oil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. I bet the cream is a great addition!

Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum said...

I just realize that I skipped lunch! Now I am extra hungry! Thanks for sharing this oh-so-yummy-looking recipe!

Kristol Faucheux said...

these will be perfect for my big family get together next weekend.

Kimberly said...

Great recipe! I have a similar recipe coming soon on my site, done on the grill!! I love sides like this! Great for those summer cookouts!

AndiWinslow said...

I have made these long ago for a camping trip. Thanks for reminding me...they look wonderful Andi

Lisa said...

what a great recipe - i'll be trying this for sure!!

andrea @ From the Bookshelf said...

I do something very similar on the grill. I just stick the cut up potatoes in the microwave for a few to give them a head start! Must try your oven method!

Roxana GreenGirl said...

this is indeed a great potato dish. I usually add some finely chopped rosemary to the pockets.
Thanks for sharing your way too.

happy weekend :)

thecompletecookbook said...

We are BIG potato lovers and it is great to see another way of preparing them. You can't go wrong with adding cream and garlic. Great side dish recipe for a braai (barbecue).
:-) Mandy

Dee Dee's Delights said...

Yummy!!! I am Stumbling and pinning this one!!

Erin said...

Simple and delicious! And it is such and easy way to cook them!

MaryBeth said...

Simply delish! I love this tater side dish, so easy and great flavors in a little packet.

thepsychobabble said...

These are also REALLY good for camping. Wrap it all up and throw it in the coals. Easy peasy and totally tastes like a TON of effort.

carolinaheartstrings said...

Yum. That looks so wonderful. I love the addition of the cream. I think that is what sets this recipe off.

Tina @ MOMS CRAZY COOKING said...

This looks like a delicious Summer Recipe! We are hosting "FUN SUMMER RECIPES" at our Linky Party THIS WEEKS CRAVINGS! We'd love for you to come by and link up! (Thanks a million) :-)

http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2011/06/this-weeks-cravings-linky-party-32-fun.html

K. Belfield said...

I am making these tonight, they look delicious! Thank you for the recipe I will let yo know how my meat and potato loving husband likes them!

Kathryn Michelle Jenkins said...

this is brilliant and so delicious. I love how simple it is. I will need to try it tomorrow! thanks.

kathryn
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Mindie Hilton said...

We like to take potatoes in foil like this and put them on the grill with some beer and onions. Yours looks really good.


I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/2011/06/any-link-goes-party-running-now-summer.html

Come strut your stuff.

Marla said...

Thanks so much for linking up these potatoes to Get Grillin', they look awesome!

The Country Cook said...

My pleasure Marla! I really hope the readers of Family Fresh Cooking and Cookin' Canuck enjoy this recipe!

shopannies said...

this sounds awesome potatoes cooked like this are awesome we have made many foil pack dinners before and they are all delicious another reason to love grilling season come see what I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

Alison said...

Made these last night for my family and company. Everyboday loved them! Thanks for sharing.

BethbyDesign said...

I have made these before!! They are fabulous and so much fun! My girls loved having their own little potato packet that they got to personalize exactly they way they wanted.. with some cheese or bacon bits, onions or peppers! Fantastic

mary jo evans said...

hi, I was just saving some of your recipes when I came upon this one. I've made it many times. it was a recipe I learned when I was In the Brownies in the early 50's. only we did potato wedges & milk. that was back in the days when the milk was in bottles & the top 2 inches was the cream, so you either skimmed it off for desserts on Sunday or shook it into the milk. we skimmed so mom could make whipped cream for pie. in the brownies we were on a day field trip & we made these potatoes, corn cobs the same way & hot dogs & burgers on the grill. this was in billings park in Superior, Wisconsin. thank you for the wonderful memories that went with this recipe. have a great day!