When we're young we take a lot of things for granted, especially when it comes to food that we don't have to cook ourselves. These potatoes were one of those things I took for granted. My Grandma used to make them and like most things when you're a kid, I didn't have the appreciation for them back then that I do now. And although I have often longingly thought about these Onion Baked Potatoes in Foil over the years, until recently, I've never actually made them myself.
This is such an easy baked potato in foil recipe and a simple way to add some variety and a little pizzazz to your baked potato repertoire.
You only need 3 ingredients for this recipe:
- potatoes- you can use any type of potato
- onion soup mix
- butter or margarine (I actually prefer them with margarine, since that's how my Grandma made them)
I guess these would be considered old skool hasselback potatoes because my Grandma was making these 45 ish years ago. The big difference is that they are not peeled, nor are they cut as thin as hasselback potatoes, meaning way less work! And that's always a good thing because I'm all about less work. Why peel potatoes when you don't have to? Plus, the potatoes peels are full of nutrients! And why make 12 cuts when you only have to make 4 or 5? Am I right?
This baked potatoes in foil recipe is something that my Grandma used to make on the BBQ and I just loved them! However, since it's not currently barbecue season at the time of this posting, I decided to do these potatoes in the oven. But you can also do these baked potatoes in foil on the grill!
If you're making these potatoes on the grill, then why not try them with my Weight Watchers friendly BBQ Beer Can Chicken?!
There are a lot of baked potato recipes out there and even a few that use butter or margarine with onion soup mix. But I did not see any others that used the exact same method as this. And this method is far superior to the others when it comes to being easy AND locking in the flavor!
Most of the sliced baked potato with onion recipes instruct the cook to pour the melted onion and butter over the potato. However, you potentially lose a lot of flavor that way. With these Lipton Onion Soup Potatoes, you spread the onion/butter mixture, unmelted, between the slices, then you wrap in foil and bake; it literally locks and bakes in the flavor. It takes a little more time than just pouring melted butter over the potato, but it is well worth it for the rich buttery, onion flavor you get in the end!
⏲️ Baking time
Bake in oven: on 400 degrees F for 40- 45 minutes or until fork easily goes through the potato.
Grill/BBQ method: Follow the above directions, but bake on med-high grill/BBQ (400 degrees F, with lid down) for 30-40 minutes until fork easily goes through the potato.
💭 Top tip
I always bake these on a baking sheet when I do them in the oven, as they tend to leak.
These sliced potatoes with onions in foil in the oven are an easy, delicious and economical way to add some excitement to your baked potatoes!
📋 Onion Baked Potatoes in Foil Recipe
- 6 medium potatoes
- 1 -1 ounce - pkg onion soup mix 28 g (approximately)
- ⅔ cup margarine or butter * I use Becel olive oil margarine
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Mix margarine (or butter) and onion soup mix together.
- Using a sharp knife, make crosswise cuts in each potato about a ½ inch apart, (you want to make about 4 -5 cuts in each potato) stopping about ¼ inch from the bottom of the potato. *Do NOT cut right through.
- With a butter knife, add a dab of the margarine (or butter) onion soup mixture between each slice, dividing evenly between all slices in all potatoes.
- Wrap each potato in aluminum foil (shiny side in) and place on a cookie sheet, as they may leak a little.
- Bake in oven: for 40- 45 minutes or until fork easily goes through the potato.Grill/BBQ method: Follow the above directions, but bake on med-high grill/BBQ (with lid down) for 30-40 minutes until fork easily goes through the potato.