Grilled Chive Potatoes

Well now, these little bites of yumminess didn’t last long. Grilled chive potatoes didn’t take long to make either. Creamy and tender inside, the potatoes had nice crispy skin. Covered in butter and chives, with just a hint of lemon,  each one was sooooo good. I grilled the potatoes, but you can make them in the oven just as easily.
Grilled Chive PotatoesWhat will I do different next time I grill some grilled chive potatoes? Probably nothing. Oh I might add a pinch of red pepper flake but that’s it. They don’t need anything else.

If you don’t have fresh chives just use green onions instead.

Grilled Chive Potatoes

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 -10 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds baby potatoes rinsed
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup fresh chives chopped
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Add the potatoes and reduce the heat to a gentle boil and let boil until the potatoes are just starting to turn tender, 10-15 minutes depending on the size of your potatoes.
  • Drain and rinse with cold water. Slice into halves.
  • Fire up your grill for medium-high direct grilling.
  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan and stir in the chives and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Transfer the potatoes to the grill, cut-side down and let grill until just starting to turn golden brown and getting just a little char around the edges. Brush lightly with the butter mixture.
  • Remove potatoes and transfer to a serving bowl or platter. Drizzle with remaining butter mixture and serve.

Grilled Creamy Shrimp and Mushroom Pasta

It was one of those almost-stormy evenings. I was in the mood for grilling, but as a backup, I needed to pick something I could cook inside in case the skies opened up. Well, they didn’t, so i was able to grill the fantastic shrimp for this grilled creamy shrimp and mushroom pasta. If it had stormed, I would’ve roasted the shrimp in the oven and still enjoyed a great dinner. But grilled shrimp, well, that’s just better.

The cream sauce and mushrooms are fantastic. The entire dish is incredibly easy to put together. If you don’t want to fret with the shrimp just used pre-cooked frozen shrimp from your grocery store. Just defrost them ahead and of time and you’ll be good-to-go.
Creamy Grilled Shrimp and Mushroom PastaDon’t be surprised when you start making the sauce that the cream cheese doesn’t melt and get creamy. Once you add the hot water from making the pasta the cream cheese will dissolve and make a fantastic sauce.

When grilling the shrimp, the butter and oil in the marinade may cause flare-ups on your grill. Be prepared to move the skewered shrimp to another place on the grill until the fire dies down. And by all means, don’t burn yourself!

Also try my creamy Cajun sausage ravioli.

Grilled Creamy Shrimp and Mushroom Pasta

Note: I throw the shrimp onto the grill while the mushrooms are sauteeing.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

For the grilled shrimp

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried marjoram
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound large shrimp 20-24 count, peeled and deveined

For the mushrooms and pasta

  • 8 ounces pasta fettuccine, linguine or angel hair
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 8 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 ounces cream cheese cubed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped, plus a bit more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 cup water from the cooked pasta you may not need the entire cup

Instructions

For the grilled shrimp

  • Combine all but the shrimp in a medium bowl.
  • Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Remove from fridge and let set at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Fire up your grill.
  • Thread shrimp onto skewers and place on grill.
  • Brush with remaining marinade (caution: flare-ups can occur) and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Flip, brush with more marinade and cook another 2-3 minutes or until the shrimp are done.
  • Remove from grill.

For the mushrooms and pasta

  • Cook the pasta per package instructions, reserving 1 cup of the water from the pot.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet.
  • Add the mushrooms and saute for 10 minutes or until golden brown and soft. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Remove the mushrooms and reserve.
  • Add remaining butter to the skillet and melt.
  • Add the garlic, cream cheese cubes, parsley and basil. Whisk to combine. Note: The sauce will not be creamy.
  • Add 2/3 cup of the reserved pasta water and whisk. The sauce will come together and get creamy.
  • Add the mushrooms, grilled shrimp, and pasta. Stir to combine. If too thick add a bit more of the pasta water and stir.
  • Serve garnished with freshly chopped parsley.

Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno-Stuffed Olives

I’ve found the replacement for eating popcorn while watching a movie. No more of that. Grilled bacon-wrapped jalapeno-stuffed olives are much, much better. Yeah, there’s definitely a spicy kick to them. And a little smokiness from the bacon. A bit salty. Just give me a bowl of these little bites and a little cool ranch or blue cheese dressing (gotta cool off!) and I’m happy!
Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno-Stuffed OlivesYou don’t have to go the spicy route when you make grilled bacon-wrapped jalapeno-stuffed olives if you don’t want to. Any stuffed olives will work just fine for this recipe. Try Gouda-stuffed olives, they’re fantastic too! Just make sure you get big olives, big enough to wrap the bacon around. Those lil ole pimento-stuffed olives that are barely bigger than peanuts just won’t do. And since you’ve got the grill going, might as well add a few bacon-wrapped meatballs!

Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno-Stuffed Olives

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 15 bites
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 15 jalapeno-stuffed green olives
  • 5 slices thin bacon cut into thirds
  • Your favorite rub or seasoning
  • Ranch or blue cheese dressing for serving

Instructions

  • Fire up your grill for indirect cooking.
  • Wrap each olive in a piece of bacon. I didn't need a toothpick to secure the bacon, but you might.
  • Sprinkle your rub out on a plate and roll the bacon-wrapped olives in it to coat.
  • Grill 20-30 minutes or until the bacon is cooked.
  • Serve with cool ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping.

Grilled Yellow Squash

Simple yet delicious. You don’t always have to struggle to come up with a grill-able side dish idea, and you definitely don’t have to spend hours or even many minutes putting one together. Grilled yellow squash actually made me love squash, and let me tell you, that’s not an easy thing to do. The key for me was the onions. And that means Vidallia onions when I can get them. Always.
Grilled Yellow SquashI also like adding my favorite seasonings to the foil packet instead of ‘just’ salt and pepper. One we truly enjoy is the Casa Seasoning from Albukirky Seasonings. It’s the perfect blend of salt, pepper, garlic and lemon, among other things.

Also try my grilled marinated medley, everything great in a single dish.

Grilled Yellow Squash

Course Side
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 6 medium yellow squash sliced
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 medium sweet onion sliced thin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Fire up your grill for indirect cooking at 350 F. Alternatively, you can make this in an oven preheated to 350 instead.
  • Place all ingredients on a large piece of aluminum foil. Seal tightly.
  • Transfer to the grill or oven and cook 20-25 minutes or until crisp-tender.

Grilled Marinated Medley

We were both blown away by just how wonderfully tasty this grilled marinated medley was. The perfect dish for a nice (but kinda warm) spring day here in Indiana, it couldn’t have been any easier. We just grilled a few vegetables and a little smoked sausage, tossed them all into a pan along with some broth and balsamic vinegar, and in no time we had a complete dinner. And yes, like us you’ll want to drink the juices out of the bottom of the pan. They’re divine.
Grilled Marinated Medley
There aren’t any rules to making a grilled marinated medley. Use whatever meat and vegetables you desire or can find fresh. I went with a no-thrills smoked sausage ring, sliced into rings, and then just grilled a few of our favorite vegetables. Zucchini would also be great in it, along with squash (I love grilled squash and grilled Tuscan vegetables).

Grilled Marinated Medley

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 18 ounces smoked sausage
  • 1 1/2 pounds baby potatoes
  • Vegetable oil
  • 3 ears corn on the cob husked
  • 1 large sweet onion quartered
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper sliced
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 quart vegetable broth

Instructions

  • Fire up your grill for direct and indirect cooking.
  • Grill the sausage then cut into rounds.
  • Toss the potatoes with just a splash of oil and grill (I use a grill basket) until just starting to get soft. Remove.
  • Also place the corn onto the grill. Rotating often, cook until starting to char.
  • In a large deep disposable aluminum pan combine all ingredients.
  • Place back onto the grill over indirect heat and let cook another 30 minutes-1 hour or until the potatoes are completely done and the onions are softened. You don't want the broth to boil, but a light simmer is ok.
  • Serve hot with plenty of the broth from the bottom of the pan.

Asian Grilled Vegetables

I need more grilled sides like these Asian grilled vegetables. It’s a simple way to make flavor-packed vegetables with little fuss or mess. I use a vegetable grill basket and place it on my grill alongside whatever else I’m grilling, be it burgers, dogs, or whatever. In no time I have the perfect delicious side dish.Asian Grilled VegetablesI used bell pepper, onion and zucchini when I made Asian grilled vegetables, but really you can use any vegetables you can find as long as they all have the about the same cooking time. If you’re using something that needs longer to cook (like carrots) you might want to steam them a bit first or add them to the basket and let them cook by themselves for a while before adding the remaining ingredients.

Also check out my broccoli in Hoison sauce, made on the grill too but just as easy on the stovetop.

Asian Grilled Vegetables

Course Side
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 red bell pepper cut into squares
  • 1 onion quartered and separated
  • 3 zucchini cut into 1/2" slices
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flake

Instructions

  • Fire up your grill for indirect cooking.
  • Place all ingredients into a large bowl and toss to coat. Let sit for 30 minutes, stirring often,
  • Transfer ingredients to a grill basket. If you don't have a grill basket tear off a large sheet of foil and add the mixture to the center of the piece. Fold up and seal tightly.
  • Place onto grill and cook for 5 minutes or until the vegetables start to soften and get a little char on them. Stir and continue cooking until the vegetables are the desired doneness. I like mine to still have a bit of crunch.

Dilly Dilly Grilled Mushrooms

Here lately I’ve been bound and determined to up my grilled side dish game. It’s been lacking, I admit. Nothing could possibly be easier than these dilly dilly grilled mushrooms. And very few things could be as addictingly tasty. I love mushrooms to begin with, and I’ve always been a fan of dill. Now, I get all that plus buttery goodness and a bit of salty garlic flavors. I like the butter mixture so much that I usually double it, making sure that I get plenty of it down into the gills of the mushrooms as they cook over an open fire.
Dilly Dilly Grilled MushroomsYou could actually substitute your favorite herb or spice for the dill for something different when you make some dilly dilly grilled mushrooms. Red pepper flakes are an awesome change. Same goes for oregano, basil or, believe it or not, smoked paprika. You’ll never eat boring mushrooms again, but if you prefer something with a bit of a kick, try my spicy grilled mushrooms too! And my version of Michael Chiarello’s best button mushrooms is out of this world also!

Dilly Dilly Grilled Mushrooms

Note: I like to double the amount of dill weed and garlic salt.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound medium fresh mushrooms stems removed if desired
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed dried is fine, but you'll want to use more
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

Instructions

  • Fire up your grill for medium-high cooking.
  • Place mushrooms into a grill basket or thread onto skewers. (If using bamboo skewers, soak them for 30 minutes in water before using).
  • Combine the butter, dill and garlic salt. Brush 1/3rd of the mixture over the mushrooms.
  • Transfer to the grill and grill for 10-15 minutes or until just tender, rotating occasionally and brushing with the remaining dill mixture a few more times.

Grilled Tuscan Vegetables

You could’ve just knocked me over with a feather. I don’t usually find myself bragging about a vegetable side dish like these grilled Tuscan vegetables. Until now. All of the flavors of the vegetables came together perfectly. Smoky bacon, a little garlic and a combination of tastes and textures cooked in almost no time.
Grilled Tuscan VegetablesI’ve made grilled Tuscan vegetables a few times now and sometimes I leave off the Parmesan and sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I add a pinch or two of red pepper flake for a little kick and sometimes I don’t. And if I don’t have spinach leaves? Or zucchini? That’s ok. You can substitute just about any vegetable you have on hand, but I always include the artichoke hearts. Always.

Also try my fantastic grilled marinated medley and my awesome grilled marinated asparagus!

Grilled Tuscan Vegetables

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 8 ounce can artichoke hearts, drained, chopped roughly
  • 3 medium zucchini cut into 1/4" slices
  • 4 cups baby spinach leaves washed
  • 2 plum tomatoes cut into 1/4" slices
  • 4 ounces button mushrooms cut into 1/4" slices
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 6 slices bacon trimmed of excess fat and chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Fire up your grill for direct cooking over medium heat.
  • Note: You can make these veggies in a grill basket or in foil packets.
  • Combine all ingredients except for the cheese.
  • Divide between large pieces of foil and seal tightly or transfer to a large grill basket.
  • Place over the fire and grill for 15 minutes or until the vegetables are the desired tenderness, tossing or shaking occasionally.
  • Remove from grill. If using packets, open them carefully as they will be full of steam.
  • Serve garnished with the Parmesan cheese.

Grilled Potatoes with Mustard-Garlic Dressing

There aren’t a lot of grilled sides that I prefer just as much as the grilled main dish at a meal. The mustard-garlic dressing on these grilled potatoes really hit a note for me. Tender, buttery potatoes contrasted with tangy mustard and vinegar. I found the combination to be perfect, and easy to make to boot.
Grilled Potatoes with Mustard-Garlic DressingAnita and I recently ran across The Mustard Man at an event at the Jungle Jim’s market in Fairfield, OH. After sampling each of the mustards I instantly picked up a bottle of each one. They are truly fantastic. Instead of whole grain mustard, I used The Mustard Man’s Simply Peppered mustard in the dressing for these grilled potatoes. The light peppery flavor brought a nice little bite.

Also try my grilled potatoes with chive sauce and my yummy grilled Ranch potatoes. And my easy grilled Creole potatoes are always a hit!

Grilled Potatoes with Mustard-Garlic Dressing

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds new potatoes all about the same size
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped

Instructions

  • Boil the potatoes in a pot of salted water until just tender. Alternatively, steam the potatoes using a steamer. Drain and let cool slightly.
  • Whisk together the vinegar, mustard and garlic. While still whisking, add the oil until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Fire up your grill for medium-high cooking.
  • Toss the potatoes with a little oil. Season with salt and pepper and add to a grill basket. Note: I put the grill basket over a sheet pan so that any excess oil drips off.
  • Place the basket onto the grill and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring gently, or until the potatoes are done and have a light char.
  • Transfer potatoes to a large bowl and drizzle with the dressing. Toss to coat.
  • Serve garnished with the chopped parsley.

Grilled Cornbread with Jalapeno Honey Butter

Boy, where have I been that I haven’t grilled cornbread with jalapeno honey butter until now? Grilling adds a nice lightly smoky flavor, but more importantly it adds a terrific crunch. Add in spicy and sweet jalapeno honey butter and you have some fantastic tasting cornbread. I’m not sure I’ll ever eat ‘normal’ cornbread again.
Grilled Cornbread with Jalapeno Honey ButterI started with a big pan of already-baked thick (I used two packages of Jiffy) cornbread. You can also make muffins. You do have to be careful handling the cornbread on the grill since it will want to fall apart on you. The moister and thicker your cornbread is, the less problems you’ll have.

You can make extra of the jalapeno honey butter and keep it on hand for more than just cornbread (I recommend it on biscuits!). It’s delicious and not overwhelmingly hot. For a little more mellow pepper flavor, try my grilled cornbread with Hatch chili honey butter. My chipotle cornbread recipe also works well on the grill.

Did you know you can also grill macaroni and cheese? It’s crazy good too!

Grilled Cornbread with Jalapeno Honey Butter

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 batch your favorite cornbread I use Jiffy
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 4 ounce can fire-roasted jalapenos (you can substitute a finely-minced fresh jalapeno (roast it first for even more flavor) that has been seeded)
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Instructions

  • Cook the cornbread per package instructions. You can use squares or muffins.
  • Fire up your grill for direct cooking.
  • Melt the butter and stir in the jalapenos and honey.
  • Brush cornbread liberally on all sides with the butter mixture.
  • Place onto the grill over direct heat for 3 minutes until grill marks start to appear.
  • Carefully flip and grill on the other side.for 3 more minutes.
  • Serve hot with any remaining butter.