We have cooked this twice now, and it can be tricky. The first time, we did a test run before we went camping and cooked it on the gas grill. We substituted yellow onions with green onions and substituded cream of mushroom soup with cream of chicken soup, and add more cheese than the recipe calls for. The packet we tested after 20 minutes still had raw potatoes and took 40 minutes to cook. The other two packets we didn't test, and, what I didn't realize at the time was my husband had cooked the other two packets over direct heat, cooking them faster and they were burned by the time we caught it (after 40 minutes). The burning was our fault.
The second time we cooked this when we went camping. We skipped stirring the ingredients in a bowl. After spraying both sides of tin foil with olive oil non-stick spray, we just compiled the ingredients directly on the tin foil. (We were tent camping and wanted as few dishes to wash as possible.) We again substitued green onions with yellow onions and cream of mushroom soup with cream of chicken soup, and added more cheese than the recipe calls for. We didn't use any butter. We layered the potatoes and onions and kind of tossed with our clean hands, then added the rest of the ingredients. We cooked over charcoal briquettes in a camp fire, but had to add some pieces of kindling occasionally to keep the fire hot enough to cook. We cooked the packets for about 30 minutes, and they were perfect, not burned at all but cooked well.
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We have cooked this twice now, and it can be tricky. The first time, we did a test run before...