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 tone for me. Tender, buttery potatoes contrasted with tangy mustard and vinegar. I found the combination to be perfect, and easy to make to boot. Anita 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.
Boy, crispy bacon… spicy Mexican chorizo sausage… cheese… I could actually just have these bacon-wrapped Mexican potatoes for dinner. By themselves. Nothing else. Just give me a platter of them and check on me in 15 minutes to see if I need more. They’re like grilled potato skins taken to a whole new level.
I love the spicy kick from chorizo. But, if you don’t, you can easily change these potatoes up to be a little more mellow by making them Italian-style. Substitute crumbled cooked mild Italian sausage for the chorizo, mozzarella for the queso fresco, and sour cream for the crema. Excellent!
Fresh chopped green onions or cilantro, for garnish
Preheat your oven to 425 F.
Brush potatoes with oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and roast until tender, 20-30 minutes. Remove and let cool.
Fire up your grill for indirect cooking (you can also make these in the oven, so keep your oven going if you're going to cook these indoors).
Meanwhile, crumble the chorizo into a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until browned. Remove from heat. Note: You want to get the chorizo fairly well crumbled. If you are having trouble doing so, just let the cooked chorizo cool a bit then pulss a few times in a food processor.
Cut just enough of the bottom of each potato so that they can stand up straight. Then cut just enough off the top so you can scoop them out. Take a small mellon baller or spoon and spoon out the insides.
In a bowl combine the chorizo and cheese and spoon into each potato.
Wrap a halved piece of bacon around each potato and secure with a toothpick.
Place on the grill over indirect heat and cook until the bacon starts to crisp, about 20 minutes, or bake in the oven at 425 F.
Serve topped with a small dollop of Mexican crema or cream cheese and garnish with green onions or cilantro.
I absolutely love roasted baby potatoes. They taste almost like whipped butter, with a fantastic creamy insides. But my favorite part is that crispy skin that pops when you bite into it. The Char-Broil Big Easy cooks up baby potatoes perfectly, and in no time at all. No pre-boiling is required. Just toss them with some oil, salt and pepper and garlic and into the cooker they go! Although you can cook a few potatoes on the rack that comes with the Big Easy, you really want to add a bunk bed basket (or two) so you can cook more at once. If you prefer a potato with a little bit of spicy kick to it try my Fire-Eater potatoes also made on the Big Easy.
Baby potatoes have such a wonderful creamy sweetness to them. I love them roasted so the skin gets just a bit crispy. They pop when you bite into them. The Char-Broil Big Easy is the perfect cooker for making a lot of things, and these Fire-Eater potatoes are one of them. Roasted potatoes hit with a nice seasoning mix that brings a little heat to offset the sweetness. You can substitute any rub or seasoning mix you desire, but you might want to shy away from any that contain a lot of sugar which might burn in high heat. These Fire-Eater potatoes do cook quickly since they are smaller, but keep an eye on them if you do use a sweeter spice mix. For a little more mellow (but still super yummy!) potato using the Big Easy, try my roasted baby potatoes.
One thing is for sure when it comes to these grilled volcano potatoes. I double-dog dare you to try and take one off my plate. These little tasty potatoes are packed with everything you dream of, from gooey melted cheese to smokin’ hot jalapenos. All topped with an incredible sour cream sauce that I have since been using to top everything from regular ole baked potatoes to enchiladas. The bacon wrapped around the potatoes crisps up perfectly on the grill. It gets a little help from the barbecue sauce. Don’t like what I stuffed them with? Use anything you want. Ham. Pulled pork. Shredded chicken. You can’t go wrong no matter what you use.
I rarely eat baked potatoes as a side. Instead, I prefer to cook up a big ole Russet potato, load it up with all of my favorite toppings, and eat it as the main course. They are truly one of my favorite foods. I like my potatoes done perfectly, with a slightly crunch skin. If I’m cooking them indoors, in the oven, I follow the recipe for the Best Baked Potatoes. They always come out fantastic.
This time I decided to see if I could get the same great results cooking potatoes on my Char-Broil Big Easy. And boy, did I ever get great results. These potatoes were as great as (if not a bit better than) the potatoes made in the oven. Creamy insides, slightly crunchy skin, just absolutely perfect.
I didn’t want to bury the flavor of these great baked potatoes, so I topped them simply: a bit of crumbled cooked bacon, a little butter, a dollop of sour cream, cheese, and a few green onions. Perfection.
Rinse the potatoes under cold water and brush off any dirt. Dry well with a paper towel.
Pierce each potato 4 times with a sharp knife.
Lightly brush the potatoes with oil.
Sprinkle some salt onto a plate and roll the potatoes in the salt.
Place potatoes into the Big Easy cooking basket.
Bake until potatoes are done (210 F internal temperature, or tender all the way through when poked with a knife), 40-60 minutes depending on their size. You can also test for doneness by squeezing the potatoes (with potholders on). If they give easily, they are done.
After making cedar planked Cajun mashed potatoes the other day, I just had to make traditional creamy mashed potatoes the same way. And although I love mashed potatoes right out of the pot, finishing them on cedar over a hot grill just takes them to a new wonderful place. A happy place. There’s a light aroma and flavor of cedar. Not overwhelming or overpowering at all. Really just perfect. And hey, mashed potatoes on a plank on grill looks cool. It’ll amaze your friends and neighbors! Really, any good mashed potato recipe can be used here. Just make sure that the potatoes are somewhat firm or they’ll run off the plank. That would be a mess. A big mess.
I made these cedar planked creamy mashed potatoes on my just-refurbished 15 year-old Weber gas grill, but any good grill will do. Just make sure you have room for the plank.
It’s getting hot out. That’s when I try to cook every meal outside, from appetizers to desserts and everything in between. I’m always on the lookout for a good tasty side dish that I can throw on the grill, like these grill-roasted herb potatoes. They have a great herb flavor. But to really make them great, they’re cooked with (and topped with) French-fried onions. You could substitute any herb you have on hand for the thyme, such as rosemary or dill. And though the fried onions could be omitted, they add a great onion flavor along with a nice crunch to compliment the creamy soft potatoes.