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Cowboy Spud and Veggie Medley Recipe

Cowboy Spud and Veggie Medley

Any cowboy can tell you that it takes more than meat and marshmallows to make a campfire meal. Here's a side dish perfect for rounding out the menu. Family members can easily customize the recipe to their own tastes by choosing which ingredients go into their servings.


  • 1 pound small red-skinned potatoes, scrubbed
  • 4 to 6 cloves garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • Assorted fresh vegetables, such as green beans, broccoli, summer squash, carrots, and cherry tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chopped fresh basil or pesto
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/3 to 2 cups chicken broth


  1. For each helping, shape a 16-inch-long piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil into a bowl. Cut the potatoes into bite-size pieces and pile some in the center of each sheet. Add a chopped garlic clove to each pile. Cut or snap the vegetables into bite-size pieces, then add them to the potatoes and sprinkle on salt and pepper.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of fresh basil or pesto to each packet. Top with a thick pat of butter and pour 1/3 cup of chicken broth over the veggies.
  3. Seal the packets tightly, then place them on the grill over the fire. Check the packets after 10 to 12 minutes, being careful to avoid escaping steam, to see if the vegetables are tender. If not, reseal the packets and heat for another few minutes. Makes 4 to 6 servings.