Friday, July 1, 2011

Bacon Ranch Foil Packet Potatoes


I love using our grill for a couple of reasons: 1. I can make almost anything on it, with very little fat, and it always tastes delicious; and 2. My husband handles the grill, so on the nights we use it very little is required of me. I mostly love it for the first reason, but when you’re as busy as I am, the second thing is definitely a bonus too.

One of my favorite things (of, admittedly, many) to cook on the grill is potatoes in a foil packet. The packets themselves are so easy to put together, and the flavor of the end product really is amazing. I especially love it when the potatoes at the bottom – the ones closest to the grill flame – get a little charred and stick to the foil. I love crispy potatoes, so my husband is always kind enough to let me have the ones in his packet, too. He’s a pretty good guy, that one.

Jessie gave me this idea in one of her recent meal plans. I’m no stranger to using bacon in my foil packet potatoes – my favorite version of them has bacon in it – but I loved loved loved the idea of also using ranch dressing mix. These turned out just the way I was hoping; they were absolutely delicious. You could definitely add whatever additional ingredients you want – onions, parmesan or cheddar cheese – but I was pleased with just the bacon and ranch seasoning, and a little bit of sour cream on top for serving.

The recipe below makes three packets, which is plenty for our family because my sons share one. I wonder how much longer I'll be able to get away with that? :)

Bacon Ranch Foil Packet Potatoes
adapted from Mrs. Ca Cooks

3 sheets of heavy-duty foil
10-12 baby red potatoes, thinly sliced
6 slices of cooked and crumbled bacon
1 packet ranch dressing mix
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons butter
Sour cream for serving, if desired

1. Spray each sheet of foil with cooking spray. Top each piece with equal portions of potatoes, bacon, and ranch dressing mix. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to each serving. Wrap securely.

2. Grill for 20 to 30 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serve in foil, topped with sour cream if desired.

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11 comments:

Donna-FFW said...

I love this idea!! I will have to try before grilling season ends..

The Home Cook said...

I've never done much foil packet cooking because we didn't have a gas grill until recently and it's much harder to control the heat with charcoal. These sound fantastic!

Britni Watkins said...

Tried these tonight and they were great. Thanks for the recipe!

Sarah said...

I made these this week and they were seriously mind blowing!! It was too cold to grill so I made 1 good sized foil pack and put it in the oven on a cookie sheet for about 30-35 mins on 350. I also added some shredded cheddar cheese. Thanks for the recipe!

Christine's Pantry said...

I love this. Great recipe.

Tara said...

Making these today for our Fourth of July BBQ. They sound so yummy!!

Anonymous said...

sounds a lot like the hobo dinners my dad used to make, if you put an ice cube in it the potatoes won't burn and get stuck to the foil.

Allie H. said...

This looks so yummy! I definitely want to try it though I'm thinking of making a easier version with frozen has browns, instead, might be a quicker cook time? We'll find out :)

springerpatti said...

Try added some meatballs. Make them up you would to cook inside. Brown in frypan just enough to seal in juices. Then add 3 or 4 to each packet along wth a few carrot chunks. Complete meal in each packet.

Kellie M said...

I have seen this recipe with the same picture on several websites and blogs as well as facebook and pinterest. Is this your original recipe? I don't like to pin recipes unless it is from the original...and btw this sounds sooooo yummy!!! Can this be done in the oven??

Carla Dawson said...

I melt the butter and all the ingredients together, then add the potatoes, coating each potato. I have done these both ways. This way gives each potato flavor!