When the heat comes in summer, we are grilling as much as possible—even for breakfast! And even when the weather isn't accommodating, we'll bring our umbrella to protect us while we're turning and checking on the food.
Potato Hobo Packs
- 4 or 5 medium Potatoes (sliced thin)
- Camp Mix (Original)
- Camp Mix (Spud Fixin' Mix)
- ½ stick butter (sliced into 9 pads)
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic (divided; an option if you like it extra garlicky)
- nonstick aluminum foil (or use regular foil and coat well with a nonstick spray)
Wash the potatoes well under cool water. Peel them if you like, but I prefer to leave the skins on because I think this makes a nice presentation. Slice the potatoes thin, as this will allow them to cook faster and the bottom ones will get crispy. To make this an easy task, I use my mandolin set at 1/8".
Lay out one piece of nonstick aluminum foil. Start assembling the hobo pack by placing one-third of the slices on the nonstick aluminum foil, leaving about 1-1/2 to 2 inches of foil all around. Sprinkle the layer with Camp Mix and Spud Fixin' Mix. If you’re adding garlic, now's the time to scatter 1 teaspoon on this layer, followed by three pads of butter on the top.
Repeat for two more layers. (I try to place butter in different spots on each layer.)
Add a second sheet of aluminum foil to the top. It's the bottom layer that really gets sticky, and because nonstick foil can be expensive, I use regular aluminum foil for the top. Then seal all of the edges by folding the foil over itself twice.
Once you've sealed the pack, if there is a mound of potatoes in your hobo pack, now’s the time to flatten them out by pressing down gently to make an even layer. If you press too hard or too aggressively, the seams will bust out. After you've flattened them out, check the seams again and make sure that they are still well sealed. When I'm finished, my hobo pack is about 9x13 inches.
Place on a preheated grill over a medium flame for about 15 to 20 minutes. Every grill is different, so please check on them after 5 minutes to avoid turning them into charcoal chips. My grill has a temperature gauge that shows the inside temperature to be around 425 degrees. You'll need this high temp to get the bottoms crispy. If you don't want crispy bottoms, turn it down to 350–375 degrees.
Use a spatula instead of tongs to remove it (the tongs will break the foil). Unwrapped, the potatoes will keep warm for 10 minutes. Enjoy! (These are great reheated for the next day's lunch, too!)