• Potatoes (preferably large, as they hold up better in the fire)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Aluminum foil
  • Optional toppings: butter, cheese, sour cream, chives, bacon bits, etc.


1. Prepare the Potatoes:
  • Wash the potatoes thoroughly and pat them dry.
  • Prick the potatoes several times with a fork to allow steam to escape and prevent them from bursting.
  • Optionally, you can lightly coat each potato with olive oil and sprinkle with salt for extra flavor and crispy skin.
2. Wrap the Potatoes:
  • Wrap each potato tightly in aluminum foil. Make sure that the wrapping is secure so ashes do not get in.
3. Cooking on the Bonfire:
  • Once your bonfire is burning steadily and has some nice hot coals, place the wrapped potatoes in the coals. Use tongs or a long stick to position them.
  • Let the potatoes cook for about 45-60 minutes. The exact cooking time will depend on the size of the potatoes and the heat of the coals.
  • Rotate the potatoes every 15-20 minutes to ensure even cooking.
4. Check for Doneness:
  • Carefully remove a potato from the coals using tongs or an oven mitt.
  • Let it cool for a few minutes, and then check for doneness by inserting a fork or knife. If it goes in easily, the potato is ready. If not, rewrap and return it to the coals for more cooking.
5. Prepare Toppings (optional):
  • While the potatoes are cooking, prepare your toppings: grate cheese, chop chives, cook bacon, etc.
6. Serve:
  • Once the potatoes are cooked through, carefully remove them from the coals and allow them to cool for a few minutes.
  • Carefully unwrap the foil, slice them open, and fluff the inside with a fork.
  • Add your favorite toppings and enjoy your bonfire baked potatoes!


  • Safety First: Always maintain safe practices when around a bonfire. Keep a safe distance, do not play or run near the fire, and have a fire extinguisher or water source nearby.
  • Variety: Consider sweet potatoes for a delicious alternative.
  • Vegan/Dietary Options: Opt for vegan cheese and omit bacon for a vegan alternative.
  • Combinations: Mix and match toppings for a fun variety.

Enjoy your baked potatoes and have a wonderful Bonfire Night!