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Cheese-Topped Potatoes in Foil

Whenever we go camping, cheesy potato packets are a must. They just may remind you of scalloped potatoes. In the winter, I bake them in the oven. —Denise Wheeler, Newaygo, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2-1/2 pounds potatoes (about 3 large), peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 slices process American cheese
  • Sour cream, optional


  • Prepare campfire or grill for medium heat. In a large bowl, toss potatoes with onion, bacon, butter, salt and pepper. Place on a large piece of greased heavy-duty foil (about 36x12-in. rectangle). Fold foil around potatoes, sealing tightly.
  • Cook on campfire or in covered grill until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes per side. Open foil carefully to allow steam to escape; place cheese over potatoes. Cook until cheese is melted, 1-2 minutes. If desired, serve with sour cream.
Editor's Note: For single-serve packets, prepare recipe as directed, dividing mixture among eight smaller pieces of foil. Cook as directed, decreasing time to 10-14 minutes per side and increasing cheese to eight slices.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 217 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 454mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • tammycookblogsbooks
    Sep 20, 2016

    These potatoes have a great flavor, I think the bacon is the reason I enjoyed them so much. I replaced the American cheese with shredded cheddar cheese. I baked mine in a cast iron skillet covered with foil in the oven. I also decided not to slice the potatoes.

  • sgronholz
    Sep 18, 2016

    This recipe is fantastic and definitely a new favorite! I partially precooked the potato mixture in the microwave (16 minutes, stirring after every 4 minutes) and then divided it between two grilling bags. We finished cooking the potatoes on the grill. (Partially cooking them allowed for the potatoes and the chicken we were also grilling to finish at the same time.) The flavor was outstanding and I know we'll be making this recipe often!

  • Angel182009
    Jun 19, 2015

    These were amazing and so simple to put together! I forgot the bacon but they were still great without it and my whole family loved them.