I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but here, it is unseasonably hot! I am not complaining, as I love sunshine and heat. But the extreme heat does mean I am doing lots of cooking outdoors. Yep, I’m looking at you barbecue. Grilling is my cooking method of choice right now.
Grilling is probably my favorite way to cook. Not only is it a great way to keep the house cool, there are no pots and pans to wash after the meal. Add the fact that grilled food tastes great, and it’s a win-win-win (grin).
When grilling, you aren’t limited to just meat. Potatoes and vegetables prepared on the barbecue are also wonderful, and quick to prepare.
Quick? Potatoes on the barbecue are quick? Yes, I hear your disbelief. If you are wondering how potatoes done on the barbecue are quick, it’s probably because you are preparing them the way I did in the past. Whole potatoes wrapped in foil. It’s true; those types of potatoes don’t cook quickly. Not even when you start them in the microwave first. But I promise you, yes, grilled potatoes can be done quickly.
The trick to quick and easy grilled potatoes is to slice them before putting them on the grill. This way, lots more surface area gets heated, and the cooking time is dramatically reduced.
I started grilling my potatoes this way last year, and I won’t go back. Not only do they cook quickly, but these potatoes have so much more flavour than the wrapped in foil style ones. I wish I had figured this out years ago. No more need to start the potatoes super early. This way, the potatoes grill in about the same amount of time as any meat you might also be grilling.
The microwave is still your friend here. I give my potatoes a head start in the microwave. They get a few minutes on medium high, I let them cool for several minutes (to avoid burnt fingers) and then cut them into ½” thick slices. Brush a little oil on both sides of the potato slices, add some salt, other seasoning like Italian seasoning, and then cook them on low heat directly on the grill for about 5 minutes per side. The results are potatoes that are fully cooked, with nice grill marks, and flavour like a cross between a roasted, baked and twice baked potato.
You can top these anyway you like. We are partial to sour cream and chives, but grated cheese is very tasty too. Or you can leave them naked. They are great that way too.
What is your favorite thing to grill?
Recipe: Quick and Easy Grilled Potatoes
- Medium size potatoes, 1 per person
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- ½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sour cream per potato (optional)
- 2 sprigs fresh chives, finely chopped (optional)
- Pre-heat gas barbecue.
- Wash and scrub potatoes, keeping skin on, but removing any eyes or other blemishes.
- Use a fork to poke holes all around potato. The holes will allow moisture to escape potatoes while in microwave.
- Microwave potatoes on medium-high for about 3 minutes (could be longer if you have lots of potatoes.
- Let potatoes cool for 5 to 10 minutes, and then cut into ½” thick slices.
- In a medium size bowl, add canola oil, Italian seasoning and salt. Add potato slices and mix well to coat potatoes evenly.
- Reduce heat for burners you are using to low, and place potatoes in single layer directly on grill. Cook about five minutes per side.
- Remove from grill and serve. Top with sour cream and chives before serving if desired.