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:
3 large russet potatoes
2 tbsp. minced garlic, divided use
4 tbsp. butter, divided use
1/3 cup heavy cream, divided use
salt & pepper, to taste
1/2 yellow onion, diced (optional)
nonstick aluminum foil
Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F) or preheat your grill. 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 nonstick aluminum foil squares to make the packets. On each of the four squares, divide up the cubed potatoes and place a tbsp. of butter on top. Evenly sprinkle minced garlic over each of the four servings (also, add onion if you're using). Then sprinkle with kosher salt & pepper.
Fold up the sides but leave an opening at the top.
Now, pour a bit of the heavy cream onto each of the potato packets. Evenly distribute the cream as best you can between all four packets. Feel free to add a bit more cream as necessary. 
Fold up the packets and place 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). Click HERE for my steak marinade and steakhouse butter recipes!
Enjoy!
Printable Recipe Here

37 comments :

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

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  2. 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?

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

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  4. 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!

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  5. 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!

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  6. 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!!

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  7. 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.

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  8. 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 :)

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

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

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

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

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  13. 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!

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

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

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  16. 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!

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

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

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  19. 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!

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  20. 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 :)

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  21. 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

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

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

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

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  25. 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.

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

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  27. 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

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  28. 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!

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

    kathryn
    www.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com
    twitter:kathblogger

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  30. 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.

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

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

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  33. 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

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

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  35. 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

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  36. 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!

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