Cheesy Potato Packets


These easy, cheesy potatoes cook in a foil packet perfect for throwing over the coals of a campfire for a delicious, healthy side dish while camping.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
6 servings


  • 1 ½ pounds Yukon Gold or red potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges

  • 4 scallions, sliced

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 cup shredded Gruyère cheese


  1. Toss potatoes, scallions, oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder together in a large bowl.

  2. Cut 4 pieces of heavy-duty foil, about 12 by 17 inches each. Coat one piece with cooking spray. Place half the mixture in the middle of the coated foil and enclose like a package. Place seam-side down on a second piece of foil and enclose again so the potatoes are wrapped in a double-thick packet. Repeat with the remaining foil and potato mixture.

  3. Prepare a campfire and let it burn down to the coals. Cook the packets 4 to 6 inches above the coals, turning once or twice, until the potatoes are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Carefully open the packets; sprinkle with cheese and loosely crimp closed again. Return to the heat and cook until the cheese is melted, about 5 more minutes.


To make ahead: Store the assembled packets in a refrigerator or cold cooler for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

200 Calories
11g Fat
19g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 200
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 8g 16%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Vitamin A 279IU 6%
Vitamin C 12mg 13%
Folate 29mcg 7%
Sodium 315mg 14%
Calcium 202mg 16%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 34mg 8%
Potassium 564mg 12%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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