5 Minute Prep Potato Side- For Indoor and Outdoor Cooking

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It is easy to halve the potato where there is love.

~ Irish Sayings


 Potatoes are a favorite around here.

White, red, purple, fingerling, Russet, mashed, baked, scalloped, with other veggies, smothered in cheese, a dollop of butter or if your THAT kind of person, some sour cream, chives and bacon crumbles… we do not discriminate, it’s all good in potato land. 🙂

Years ago we attended a cook out at a friend’s house.

I LOVE watching friends cook and assisting their process!!

I learn so much!

It’s fun to see quirks and habits they have picked up over the years. 🙂

This friend was prepping little foil packets with potatoes and onions to throw on her BBQ. I was interested!

They turned out AMAZING!

Super Simple, frugally inexpensive to make for larger groups of people and can be made in your oven or on your BBQ- At Home or Camping!

I’ve made them for over a decade now, sometimes adding a little extra spice, extra veggies or sprig of herbs for a zazzy spin on our favorite side dish.

We’ve always called it…


Grab the potatoes you have on hand… I happened to score these on sale 10lbs. for .99 cents! LOVE a great sale!

1 Large Onion… white onions were on sale too. 🙂


The rest of the crew to make this dish something tasty to remember!

 If you are prepping this for BBQ or camping: You will need HEAVY DUTY ALUMIUM FOIL

If you are prepping this for your home oven: You will need a good sized rectangular casserole dish.

You may also bake the tin foil packets in your oven, if weather takes a turn or plans change… allow 5 extra minutes to bake. 🙂

Chop your onion into diced chunks.

Slice your washed potatoes into 1/4 inch slices or thinner. I usually use about 12 potatoes… 2 potatoes per person so we have dinner +leftovers. 🙂

Toss your potatoes and onions into your casserole dish. For BBQ, cut a large enough rectangles of aluminum foil for a personal servings. Place roughly a handful of your sliced potatoes per foil packet and a desired amount of onions ( even people who dislike onions like this so don’t be afraid to add that onion).

Sprinkle your casserole dish and each of your foil packets with your garlic salt, seasoned salt and pepper as desired.

(You may add herbs, bell peppers, zucchini, veggies and/or other spices here if you want… it’s already fantastic alone but feel free to be creative. When we’re out camping sometimes I’ll add seasoned pre-cooked ground beef or left over chicken chunks to make it a meal in one packet.)

Cut a half a stick of butter into small chunks and sprinkle it over your casserole dish. For BBQ: Place a chunk of butter into each of your foil packets.

You may also use Olive Oil in place of butter… Lightly drizzle your casserole dish and the potatoes in foil packets lightly with olive oil instead of butter.

Place your casserole dish into your oven or BBQ for 30-40 minutes.

I wait until the potatoes on top are a bit on the crispy side… that way the dish has a really neat texture. You may certainly take it out when it’s just nicely browned. 🙂

For BBQ: Wrap your foil into a packet around your potatoes and cook.

Tap HERE for a tutorial on how to make a foil packet.

Potatoes and onions have become a staple around here. 

The kids love it, adults do too and I think it’s awesome because the clean up in a snap!

They turn out soft, crispy and delicious. I love how versatile and easy they are too.

They are not the most pretty but they certainly end up becoming the center of the conversation.

I’ve never served this to guests and didn’t have to send home the recipe with them too. 🙂

Easy, tasty, cheap and really hard to mess up.

I make these every time we have a large barbecue. Costing it out, I figured it’s about $3.00 to feed this as a side for 12 people!

Can’t beat it!

Not a leftover that you can freeze but certainly one that will have every little bit eaten by the next day.

Enjoy your weekend!

Love Always,


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    • Tina on July 26, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    There’s nothing better than potatoes and onions as a side dish in my mind!
    Or for the main dish for that matter. Looks delicious!
    Came over from TGIF blog hop and am a new follower~ have a great weekend!

    • Marlys @Thisand That on July 26, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    This looks great. Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday.

    • Lois Christensen on July 28, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Looks quick and easy! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Don’t forget to come back on Sunday to VOTE!

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