We had an incredible time camping with the kids last week! Sure, I might have a few more gray hairs courtesy of trying to teach my two-year-old to stay away from the fire pit, but overall this is something I think we need to do every year.
When you think of camping food, there’s the usual hot dogs and s’mores (which we made both nights!), but there are plenty of other yummy meal ideas. On our second night camping I made fire roasted sweet potatoes for everyone. It’s a well-known fact that everything tastes better when you’re camping, but these tasted even better than that! Plus you don’t need a camp stove to cook them, and they don’t create dirty dishes or pans to wash. Yay!
The easiest way to do this is to prep your sweet potatoes at home. I washed them and pierced them with a fork, then left them on the counter to dry completely. Once dry, I wrapped them up tightly in tin foil. That way they were ready to go whenever we wanted.
Build your campfire and put your sweet potatoes around the base of the fire. Don’t put them directly in the flames. Medium sized sweet potatoes will take between 50 to 60 minutes to roast all the way through. Turn your tubers after half an hour to let them cook evenly. Once they’re soft all the way through, carefully pull them out of the fire. I used our hotdog roasting forks for this.
Let them cool for a few minutes then carefully unwrap the foil. Cut the sweet potato in half, throw on a pat of butter, a pinch of salt, and a few pieces of marshmallow. I just cut up the regular marshmallows we brought for roasting, though mini marshmallows would be great too. Close the sweet potato and loosely wrap the foil back up for a minute to let the butter and marshmallow melt. Leave it in the foil and you probably won’t even need to wash the plate. Enjoy!
Fire Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- 4 medium sweet potatoes or as many as you have campers
- 2 chopped marshmallows or handful of mini marshmallows optional
- 1-2 tablespoons butter
- Salt to taste
- Wash sweet potatoes and pierce with a fork. Wrap tightly in tin foil.
- Roast in fire pit coals for 50-60 minutes. Turn halfway through.
- When sweet potatoes are soft all the way through, remove from fire.
- Cut sweet potato in half and add butter, optional marshmallows, and a pinch of salt.
- Close potato up for a minute until butter and marshmallow are melted. Serve hot and enjoy!