The Campout Cookbook’s smoky smashed potatoes


The Campout Cookbook’s smoky smashed potatoes

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Only good can come of combining four of the most heavenly foods known to (wo)man: potatoes, butter, bacon, and cheese. Dish these up alongside grilled steak, pork chops, or portobellos, and if at all humanly possible, save some for building breakfast burritos the next morning.


  • 1 pound small Yukon Gold potatoes
  • Kosher salt
  • 8 ounces sliced bacon , cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-wide pieces
  • 3 ounces grated smoked cheddar
  • freshly ground pepper


In the Backpack
Large pot for boiling the potatoes
12-inch cast-iron skillet
Foil (optional)
Slotted spoon and spatula

At Home: Prepare the Smoked Paprika–Garlic Butter and refrigerate.

At the Campout: Prepare a campfire and fit it with a grill grate. Set up the camp stove.

  • Remove the Smoked Paprika–Garlic Butter from the cooler and let it come to room temperature. In a large pot over high heat on the camp stove, boil the potatoes in assertively salted water until fork-tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
  • While the potatoes are boiling, heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet on the campfire grill grate or over medium-high heat on the camp stove and cook the bacon until crispy. With a slotted spoon, remove the bacon from the pan and set aside on a paper towel–lined plate. Pour all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat out of the skillet.
  • Drain the boiled potatoes and place them in the hot skillet. Use a spatula to gently but firmly smash each one down to about 1 inch thick. Spoon Smoked Paprika–Garlic Butter evenly over the top of the potatoes, then sprinkle with the cheddar and bacon and season with salt and pepper.
  • Place the skillet on the campfire grill, cover with a lid or foil, and cook until the potatoes are soft, sizzling, and melty, about 15 minutes. (Check the bottoms occasionally to prevent burning.) Season with salt and pepper and serve.

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Excerpted from The Campout Cookbook by Marnie Hanel and Jen Stevenson (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2018. Illustrations by Emily Isabella. Used with permission from the publisher.