Cozy Campfire Cuisine: How to Whip Up Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Campfire cooking doesn’t mean you must skimp on comfort food classics like mashed potatoes. With some fire-side culinary finesse, you can prepare a pot of creamy, dreamy mashed potatoes that’ll be the star of your campsite meal. Here’s a simple guide to creating this beloved side dish on your next outdoor journey.


– Medium-sized potatoes, peeled and quartered

– Butter, to taste

– Milk or cream, heated

– Salt and pepper, to taste

– Optional additions: garlic, cheese, herbs, sour cream


1. Let your campfire burn down until you have a consistent bed of glowing coals. 

2. Place your quartered potatoes in a large pot of salted water. Place the pot over the campfire on a grill grate or suspend it above the flames with a tripod.

3. Cook the potatoes until they’re fork-tender, which typically takes about 15-20 minutes after the water has reached a boil.

4. Once the potatoes are cooked, carefully drain the water from the pot. If using a colander, keep the potatoes in the pot or return them.

5. Add your desired amount of butter to the hot potatoes and begin mashing. Gradually add your heated milk or cream while mashing to your preferred consistency for the creamiest texture.

6. Season your mashed potatoes with salt and pepper to taste. This is also the time to add any additional flavorings, such as roasted garlic, grated cheese, or fresh herbs.

7. Give the mashed potatoes a final stir to ensure all the ingredients are well incorporated, then serve hot.

8. If desired, top with a dollop of butter or sour cream and a sprinkle of chives or parsley for an extra flavorful touch.

Enjoy your campfire mashed potatoes as the perfect accompaniment to grilled meats or veggies. Not only do they bring the comfort of home to the outdoors, but their warmth and heartiness are needed after a day of adventure. Contact us for more creative campfire recipes or outdoor cooking tips. A campfire feast awaits, and with these mashed potatoes, you’ll have your fellow campers coming back for seconds.

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