How To Grill Potatoes
Knowing how to grill potatoes is a great way to add variety into your meals and experiment with different flavors. Potatoes are a starchy vegetable that can be difficult to cook on the grill depending on the type your have. For example, the Yukon Gold and Red Bliss variety are more dense potatoes. Cooking a whole potato on the grill can take an hour and that’s a lot of grill time. One technique to cut the cooking time and ensure that your potatoes are cooked through is to parboil them before grilling them.
To grill potatoes you will need:
- 6 potatoes, sliced
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 tbs. fresh rosemary, chopped
- 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
- Salt and pepper
- Clean and dry potatoes and place them on a clean cutting board. Cut them into 3/4 inch slices and place in a large pot filled with water. Grilled potatoes can also be cut into wedges or quarters, but slices seem to cook more evenly for the grill.
- Bring the pot of water and potatoes to a boil and then lower the heat to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes until the potatoes are just tender, but not cooked through. It’s best to undercook them a little to make it easier to turn them on the grill.
- Drain the potatoes well and let them cool down before grilling. It's best to let them strain in a pot or the sink for 20 minutes.
- Combine the canola oil, rosemary, paprika, salt and pepper in a small bowl and mix well. This step keeps them from sticking to the grill and it helps to hold the moisture inside the potatoes.
- Preheat your grill to 350 degrees and place the potato slices on grill. Let them cook four to five minutes before turning them. Continue to cook them until desired doneness. Some people like them lightly grilled, while others prefer them charred.
- Remove from the grill to a serving dish. These are great served with hamburger and hot dogs instead of regular fries.
This grilled potato recipe provides a potato is crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The recipe is also very versatile and you can add any type of seasonings you like. It may seem like extra work to parboil the potatoes first, but it saves loads of time when cooking them on the grill. You also don’t have to cover the grill, so you are free to cook steak, burgers and other items at the same time. This allows you to get dinner done in a quicker amount of time while still enjoying grilled potatoes.