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Rustic Campfire Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Camping Food: Rustic Campfire Garlic Mashed Potatoes //

Potatoes are a main ingredient on my grocery list when I meal plan for camping because they are great for so many campfire meals. Rustic Campfire Garlic Mashed Potatoes are a tasty change up to the usual grilled potato pack and delicious for a group of hungry campers.

Rustic Campfire Garlic Mashed Potatoes //

Rustic Campfire Garlic Mashed Potatoes – Smashed

Grilled potatoes are delicious but with a couple more steps you can serve your campers a creamy version sure to make mouths water. It’s the perfect comfort food as a side dish for your main meal.

Although the cream cheese ingredient isn’t necessary, it adds so much more flavour to the potatoes for a creamy texture infused with garlic and herbs. Just pack bagels with cream cheese for those quick breakfast options and you’ll have a two-for-one ingredient with the cream cheese ready to go for campfire garlic mashed potatoes.

Campfire Garlic Mashed Potatoes //

Using two grocery item ingredients to create more than one recipe will save time and space and create a mouthwatering change to a meal staple on your next camping trip.

*Don’t forget, how to build a cooking fire is key to cook times however you should be prepared to adjust times based on the look and texture of the food you are cooking. 


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Rustic Campfire Garlic Mashed Potatoes

A creamy version of a camping staple, rustic campfire garlic mashed potatoes are a perfect comfort food as a side dish for your main meal. 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1.5 lb baby potatoes (1 small bag)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese - Herb & Garlic/Optional
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp chives, chopped


Preheat the campfire for cooking. See the article How to Build a Cooking Fire.

In a medium foil pan, place washed baby potatoes, garlic and butter; sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Cover with foil and place on the grate over the campfire.

Cook for approximately 30 minutes or until cooked though, shaking occasionally to coat and avoid burning. Remove foil and check if cooked through by piercing with a metal fork.

Once cooked through, remove from fire and mashed with a potato masher or metal fork with peels on. Fold in chives and cream cheese until melted through; stir milk into mashed potatoes until mixed through.

Serve hot with your main cut of grilled meat.


Cream cheese is optional; you can just use butter but Herb and Garlic cream cheese makes the mashed potatoes even more delicious.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 143 Total Fat: 5.58g Saturated Fat: 3.492g Trans Fat: 0.164g Cholesterol: 15mg Sodium: 142mg Carbohydrates: 20.86g Sugar: 1.6g Protein: 3.11g

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