You only need one ingredient to make ash-roasted potatoes plus toppings of your choice. Soft and smoky on the inside these potatoes are a must-try at your next camping trip.
Wrapped in foil and cooked to perfection, ash-roasted potatoes require minimal preparation and no cooking skills whatsoever!
How to make ash roasted potatoes
Have you ever wondered how to cook potatoes in hot ashes? Well, let me tell you that it is the simplest recipe ever.
You have two options: Either you cook them as they are or you wrap them in aluminum foil first. I prefer using the foil as it keeps the ashes away from the potatoes.
Ash-roasted potatoes can be cooked in the ashes of a campfire or charcoal grill. Just note that you need a lot of ashes and it will take some time to cook them.
How long does it take to cook ash-roasted potatoes?
This will depend on how hot the ashes are, and on the type and size of potatoes. A large potato will take about 60-90 minutes.
How do I know the potatoes are ready?
Take one out, let it cool down slightly and un-wrap the foil. Make sure not to burn your fingers. Now either cut the potato in half and taste it or stick a toothpick or knife inside (all the way to the bottom) to see if it’s soft.
I prefer cutting the potato open and taste it as it’s the best way to see if they are done.
Ash-roasted potatoes will be black on the outside when they are ready.
Ash-roasted potatoes taste amazing with a large dollop of butter, a generous sprinkle of salt (and pepper, if you like).
Sour cream and chives are other delicious toppings and if you want to bring ash-roasted potatoes to a whole new level, you can also top them with crispy bacon.
If I have Parmesan Chive Butter on hand, I like to use it.
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- Wash the potatoes and wrap each one in a sheet of aluminum foil.
- Bury the potatoes in the ashes and let them cook for about 60-90 minutes (see note 3).
- Check for doneness by unwrapping one, cutting it open and tasting (you can also insert a skewer or knife to see if they are soft). They should be almost black on the outside and have hard skin.
- Double / triple / half … the recipe, if you like.
- The choice of toppings is up to you. Chives and crispy bacon are other tasty choices.
- The cooking time will vary – depending on the size of the potatoes you are using and the heat of the ashes.
- You can use any type of potatoes and any size (I don’t recommend using baby potatoes though as they are way too small. Go for medium or large size potatoes).