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Campfire Sweet Potatoes: 3 Ways To Roast Perfect Spuds

If you’re looking for a delicious and easy recipe to cook on your next camping trip, look no further than campfire sweet potatoes. These tasty spuds are a perfect side dish for any meal and can be cooked right in the coals of your campfire.

Sweet potatoes are a great choice for camping because they are easy to transport and don’t require any special equipment to cook. Simply wrap them in aluminum foil and bury them in the dying coals of your campfire.

In about 40 minutes to an hour, you’ll have perfectly baked sweet potatoes that are tender and delicious. Plus, you can eat them right out of the foil for an easy and mess-free meal.

Cooking sweet potatoes over a campfire is a fun and unique way to enjoy this nutritious vegetable. They are highly nutritious, and a great source of fiber and vitamins. Plus they fill you up and get you ready for adventures in the great outdoors.

3 Ways To Cook Campfire Sweet Potatoes

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Using a Campfire

To cook sweet potatoes over a campfire, you’ll need a few basic supplies: sweet potatoes, heavy-duty aluminum foil, and a fire with hot coals. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Wash the sweet potatoes and pierce them a few times with a fork.
  2. Wrap each sweet potato tightly in heavy-duty aluminum foil.
  3. Place the wrapped sweet potatoes directly on the hot coals of the campfire.
  4. Cook for 45-60 minutes, flipping the potatoes occasionally, until they are tender and cooked through.
  5. Remove the fire roasted sweet potatoes from the fire and carefully unwrap them.

Using a Grill

If you have access to a grill, you can also cook sweet potatoes in a similar way. Here’s how:

  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Wash the sweet potatoes and pierce them a few times with a fork.
  3. Wrap each sweet potato tightly in heavy-duty aluminum foil.
  4. Place the wrapped sweet potatoes on the grill grates.
  5. Cook for 45-60 minutes, flipping the potatoes occasionally, until they are tender and cooked through.
  6. Remove the sweet potatoes from the grill and carefully unwrap them.
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Using an Oven

If you don’t have access to a campfire or grill, you can also cook sweet potatoes in your oven. Here’s how:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F.
  2. Wash the sweet potatoes and pierce them a few times with a fork.
  3. Wrap each sweet potato tightly in heavy-duty tin foil.
  4. Place the wrapped sweet potatoes on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 45-60 minutes, until the potatoes are tender and cooked through.
  6. Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and carefully unwrap them.

No matter how you choose to cook your sweet potatoes, they are sure to be a hit at your next outdoor meal. Enjoy!

Serving Campfire Sweet Potatoes

To test the potatoes for doneness, simply pierce with a fork. If the insides feel firm, it is not done yet. The inside should feel quite soft.

Unwrapping the Sweet Potatoes

Once the potatoes are done, take them off the fire (with tongs please) and set them aside to cool for a few minutes. Then peel away the tin foil to reveal your fire roasted treat.

Garnishing the Sweet Potatoes

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garnishing a sweet potato can take on many forms. The natural sweetness of the spud lends it to even more sweet toppings. But you can also take a savory direction with more standard baked potato toppings. Let your imagination run wild.

  • Butter: In most cases, start with a bit of butter to give the potato flesh a creamy taste.
  • Green onions: Green onions add a nice zing to the sweet flavor.
  • Sour Cream; If it works on top of regular potatoes, you can be pretty safe trying it out on a sweet potato. Add butter, cheese, onion or bacon bits. Then add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Corn: Try a sprinkling of sweet corn to add crunch and a different flavor profile.
  • Maple Syrup: If you really want to kick it up a notch, add a bit of maple syrup to your potato.
  • Marshmallows: Add some tiny marshmallows to your sweet treat and let them warm to a soft gooey texture before eating. You won’t need to bother with dessert.

Feel free to get creative with your garnishes and try out different combinations to find your perfect sweet potato topping. You can also serve your sweet potatoes with other campfire favorite recipes like grilled meats or roasted vegetables for a complete meal.

Enjoy your delicious campfire sweet potatoes!

Why Campfire Sweet Potatoes are Perfect for Camping

When we go camping, we always look for foods that are good for you, filling, and simple to prepare. Campfire sweet potatoes are all of these things. Here are a few reasons they are great camping food:

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Convenience and Portability

Sweet potatoes are so easy to pack and move. You can pre-wrap them in aluminum foil and then just toss them on the fire when you are ready to cook. They cook nice and slowly, so you will have tome to prepare other items while they cook. That is it- heat and serve.

Healthy and Delicious

Roasted sweet potatoes are chock full of carbs, fiber, vitamins and minerals. They are low fat, low cal, and will not spike blood sugar. They are also high in antioxidants.

Heating sweet potatoes over a fire releases the sweetness that is natural to the spud, creating a kind of caramelly flavor. But you can always add a bit of butter and brown sugar to notch things up a bit.

Preparing Campfire Sweet Potatoes

The process for preparing campfire sweet potatoes could not be simpler. Here are the steps to follow:

Choosing the Right Sweet Potatoes

Shopping for your sweet potatoes is pretty simple. you want to look for spuds that are on good shape, firm, and not bruised up. You will also want to choose ones that are of a similar size so they will cook evenly and be finished together.

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Cutting and Seasoning the Sweet Potatoes

Using a knife, pierce the sweet potatoes all over to allow steam to escape while they cook. Then, cut them in half lengthwise and fill the cut sweet potato with brown sugar, butter, and a pinch of salt. You can also add other seasonings like cinnamon or nutmeg if you prefer.

Wrapping the Sweet Potatoes in Aluminum Foil

Wrap each half of the sweet potato tightly in aluminum foil, making sure to seal the edges well. This will prevent any juices from escaping and keep the sweet potatoes moist and tender as they cook.

Once the sweet potatoes are wrapped, you are ready to cook them. These yummy taters are quite versatile in that there are several methods that you can use to cook them, depending on your camping equipment and situation.

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Conclusion

In conclusion, campfire sweet potatoes are a simple camping dish that can be prepared at home, packed easily, and then tossed on the fire to cook themselves while you do other things.

Sweet potatoes are packed full of good stuff and are a nutritious way to fill your bellies and get the energy needed for adventures in the great outdoors.

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Frank Foley

Frank is the Head Hubby, Daddy, and Fix-It Guy of the Roving Foleys clan. He ia an avid traveler and has spent over 5 years traveling full time with his family. he loves helping others learn about the RV life. He has also traveled in Europe, Asia, and Australia with his wife Grainne.

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