Crispy Potatoes in a Foil Pouch

My mom makes these very fun crispy potatoes in a tin foil pouch that she cooks on the grill. Everyone gets their own little (or big) packet, and everyone loves them. Especially me. Crispy potatoes make the world go round.

The potatoes are seasoned with onion soup mix packets, so they are pretty easy to make. If you have an aversion to mixes, this might be a good time to get over it. Or find a way to snag a dinner at my mom’s house, if you can get that lucky, so you don’t have to make them yourself.

To make these potato packets, dice up 1 potato per person into 1/2 inch pieces. Transfer them to a bowl.

Then add in the onion soup mix. It can be pretty salty, so only add as much as you think you need. Taste test for confirmation. Drizzle on some olive oil to moisten the potatoes, and mix everything together.

Set up one tinfoil square per serving, and scoop the potatoes into the center of them. Wrap them up tight so they look like a Hershey kiss. Or if you’re from the Tomogatchi generation, a poop that you keep trying to feed to your pet.

Put the foil packets on a BBQ grill, close the lid, and let them cook for about 30 to 40 minutes or until the potatoes are tender and starting to crisp on the bottom. You can also cook them in the oven at 400ºF for the same amount of time. Sometimes my mom microwaves the potatoes in a covered bowl for 5 minutes before putting them in the foil so they cook faster once the packets go on the grill.

Hand out the foil packets when you’re ready to eat, and open them carefully because steam will escape. I hate the feeling my fork takes on when it touches tin foil, so I dump the potatoes out onto my plate. If I have a plastic fork, I can partake in the true joy that is eating them right out of the foil. I hope you have fun with these potatoes!

Shopping list:

  • Potatoes- 1 per person
  • Onion soup mix
  • Olive oil
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Crispy Potatoes in a Foil Pouch — 7 Comments

  1. Can you give some estimate of how much onion soup mix to use? Would one soup packet be right for 4? 8? And about how much olive oil?

  2. I drizzle enough oil just to coat the potatoes and then I add the mix. Depending on the size of your potatoes, I would use about one package for three larger potatoes. After you make it once, you’ll get an idea of how you like it….more or less oniony. I like it more oniony so for the five packets I made the day Witty was here, I used the whole box (2 packages). Hope this helps! 🙂

  3. If you are lucky enough to find Lipton savory herb with garlic in your area you can use that as well. There is a recipe on the box which states 6 cups veges; 2 Tbsp olive oil; and 1 packet of soup mix. My mom used to microwave potatoes ahead of time as well. Then she would mix soup mix etc. together while they were warm and let it all marinade for a few hours. Hope this helps someone. Yummy!

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