Back in my BBQ days, there was nothing better than grilled corn on the cob and potatoes foil packets. Right? Who’s with me? The butter would melt from the perfectly grilled corn and land on your chin, slightly burning your skin a little. Noone would complain because there was something magical about the sweet and the salty taste of the corn. Those potato foil packs would contain uneven cubed potatoes mixed with oil and the most basic of basic seasoning which was usually salt, pepper, and garlic powder but it was pretty tasty nonetheless.
You didn’t read my title wrong. This post isn’t about perfecting an old love; this is doing something entirely new for me and having fun. My daughter wanted to have a movie by the fire, and I simply didn’t feel like putting much effort into dinner. So instead of either boiling or air-frying the corn, I wrapped it up in some tin foil and set it aside. Having baked potatoes was appealing to my lazy side. So, I washed a few, wrapped in tin foil, poked some holes in the snuggly foil-wrapped potatoes and outside we went (instead of, peeling, washing, chopping and then cooking). The whole roasted garlic idea came to light later, and it was a delicious idea that worked!
The popcorn idea was brilliant! (well until I burnt it).
Guys, this isn’t much of a recipe. I don’t know if you would even call it a how-to. I do know I will be making this again and paying more attention to times so I can let you know, well actually mainly just for me. *winky face*
Take the corn out of the husk and wash it. Wrap in tin foil. No need to add anything to it.
Scrub the dirt off your baking potatoes, wrap in tin foil, pierce with a fork a few times. (let go of the anger that is building up because summer is coming to an end).
Cut off the top part of the garlic, get rid of loose garlic skins, drizzle some olive oil or veggie broth on top, wrap in foil. FYI, in case you have never roasted garlic before, make sure you place the garlic on the tin foil before drizzling with the oil or broth to save making a mess. (ok, the mess will happen no matter what, but you don’t want to be cleaning up an oil spill.)
Make sure you have a well-established campfire. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to build another fire after you have placed your food on the grill.
Make sure you bring out propper tools such as tongs, or silicon oven mitts, or at least a towel so you can turn the corn and potatoes around, and lift them off the grill, so you don’t burn your fingers. Using the sleeves of your hoodie isn’t recommended, but I guess optional.
You, yes YOU, need to keep the men away from the fire while you’re cooking. You want beautiful low happy flames, not over the top need to burn the house down angry flames. If you like the high flames, find someone else to cook for you. Your supper is doomed. Try to find the neighborhood Wilson or Al and stay away from the Tim the fireman FlameGuy (or girl).
Don’t be afraid to rotate the food around every so often, and check on it open up the foil see what’s going on with the corn. Poke those potatoes, insides still firm? Depending on the heat and the type of flames you have, I would check it about 15 mins into cooking.
The garlic cooked too fast for me, so next time, I would move it to an area where it doesn’t get as much heat.
Once your dinner has cooked, scoop out the potatoes into a bowl. Squeeze the roasted garlic into the bowl with the potatoes, mix using a fork, add some vegan butter to make it blend easier. Scoop back into the skins; leave as is or top with your favorite toppings.
Now, that dinner is ready to eat; this is the ideal time to watch a movie. Or better yet, save the movie until the popcorn has popped. Or the very least, pause the show while popping the corn.
Get a container that you can use on the fire. I just put enough kernels in to cover the bottom of the pot I use, plus a little more. I wrapped the top in loose tinfoil. I was pulling all kinds of MacGyver moves, that the ’80s would’ve been so proud of me.
I would love to hear your campfire stories where you needed to find something that would work because you were not about to give up.