Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Woodstove Cooking: Pouch Potatoes

In September, I shared how to cure and store onions and in October, how to store potatoes for use throughout the winter. I went into my stash last night to make one of my favourite comfort food side dishes. I call it "Pouch Potatoes."

The ingredients can vary, but my staples are potatoes, onions, green peppers and herbs. Start with a large rectangle of aluminum foil. Using a paper towel, spread about one teaspoon of margarine up to about one inch of the edge. Slice potatoes (enough for two servings) and place them on the foil. Top with sliced onions and green peppers. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and herbs. I like Rosemary, Thyme, Basil and Sage, but you can use whatever you like. Pull the foil up and seal the edges by folding them over several times. This makes a cooking pouch that should not leak. I sometimes use a second piece of foil to double the pouch, especially when I am going to cook the potatoes in my wood stove. I don't want any grease to leak onto the bricks.

I cook my "Pouch Potatoes" in two ways. If we are barbecuing, I put them on the grill for about half an hour, turning them several times to brown on both sides. If I have my wood stove going, I cook them inside near the front after the wood burns down to coals. Either way, they make a tasty side dish for meat, fish or chicken. Give them a try. They're so easy they almost cook themselves. -- Margy

14 comments:

  1. I love all the ingredients you used in this - yummy!

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  2. I have PRINTED it off for the cook!

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  3. OH MY GOODNESS! These look delicious! I am going to make sure that all of my Mommy friends get this recipe idea! We are always looking for quick and delicious meal ideas! I LOVE this! Thanks for sharing! Brilliant!

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  4. I sometimes like to rewrite favourite recipes in rhyme. May I use this one somewhere down the line? It sounds so yummy.

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  5. Yummy! I'll try your instructions and ingredients. My recipe is different, and I never tried to do it using a wood stove! (That's going to take more time, here in Argentina we are entering Summer....)

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  6. Just woke up and found your comment and your post for P. Yummy, I'm ready to eat pouch pototaes RIGHT now!

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  7. Pouch Potatoes sounds like a recipe even I could manage.

    Bear((( )))

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  8. Ummm Yummm. these are so good. We used to do this when we camped and I had forgotten about how easy they are. I will have to give the pouch potatoes a try again.
    Thanks.

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  9. I have NEVER cooked in my woodstove. Margy, share some of your pointers with me! My woodstove is my primary source of heat at our cabin. Ya know, I do have a recipe for pepper steak in a pouch...I may try that one this winter.

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  10. They look and sound LOVELY! I often cook chicken breast this way, just wrapped in foil, very plain, very easy. I must try the pouch potatoes one day to go with it!

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  11. I do potatoes similar to that on the bar-b-que....very nice...and yummy....

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  12. I love doing foil dinners they are so easy and good. One time when the kids(6)and I were going to drive from WA.to San Diego I triple wraped a roast and tied it to the engine under the hood of the car It was very good and tender.

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  13. Thanks to everyone for visiting my Pouch Potatoes post.

    Denise - you might want to check out my cooking posts. Some of them include baking bread inside my wood stove. I try to be very careful what I put inside. I don't want any juices or grease to get on the bricks inside. I also do lots of things on top of the wood stove including baking cakes in an old gutted toaster oven.

    Betty - what a great idea of making your engine do the cooking for you. I think I saw an oven once on TV that truckers use inside the engine compartment. Leave it to you, you always have such good ideas.

    Margy

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  14. Mouthwatering. Can't wait to try it!

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