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Having a baked potato bar while camping is super easy, but takes some time, so plan ahead.
The first time I made one, it was purely a desperate idea for “What am I going to take?!” I didn’t even know how to cook baked potatoes over a campfire. But really, how hard could it be? I figured I’d just wing it. (Haha, don’t make that mistake.) First I tried cooking them on the fire pit’s grate. After 30 minutes, the potatoes were rock hard and COLD. Then I put them on the edges of the fire. Nope. Finally, I shoved them way into the coals, under the logs that were burning. Success! In the end, that first night, we all managed to eat, and it was delicious.
A baked potato bar was such a hit that my kids begged for us to do it again and now we do it for nearly every camping trip. The beauty of it is that every ingredient can be used in a different meal or even saved until we get home, so nothing goes to waste, and each person could have their favorite toppings. Once you’re at your campsite, this will probably take 30-60 minutes to cook, so be sure you have plenty of time and no one is starving! This is a great time to pull out an activity to keep kids occupied.
Baking Potatoes - 1 per person Toppings that you love, for example:
Chili (I take a couple of cans of chili)
Baking Potatoes - 1 per person
Toppings that you love, for example:
**A big note: I’m not a chef or even a great cook. I find recipes and adapt them to camping, but every campfire is different. If you think you have a better way of doing something, do it! After all, camping with kids is allllll about adapting and being flexible!