Kickin’ Cajun Potato Wedges using the Vortex

It only took me one time making potato wedges using my Vortex BBQ on my Weber charcoal grill to turn me into a full-blown addict. I use my Vortex a lot, to say the least. Wings, fried chicken, mostly but now also for a fantastic side dish. These Kickin’ Cajun potato wedges bring a nice kick, crispy skin, and cream potato-y insides. Get the ketchup out, if you want, or eat them straight-up. You can’t go wrong with them, that’s for sure!

Kickin' Cajun Potato Wedges using the Vortex

The key to these Vortex potato wedges if the Kickin’ Cajun seasoning from Kosmos Q. Normally used as a wing dust, I’ve found that it’s much, much more than that. Like on these potatoes. It brings a bit of heat. Actually, quite a bit the more you use. So give it a (small) taste first to see how much kick you want.

Kickin’ Cajun Potato Wedges using the Vortex

These Kickin' Cajun potato wedges bring a nice kick, crispy skin, and cream potato-y insides. You'll eat them like popcorn.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 344kcal
Author Mike

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Fill your Vortex BBQ with charcoal and light it up while preparing the potatoes.
  • Slice potatoes in half lengthwise, then half again lengthwise, and finally one more time lengthwise (i.e. you're cutting them into 1/8ths). You don't want them super thin, so for smaller potatoes you might only have to cut them 1/4ths. Transfer to a bowl.
  • Drizzle the potatoes with the oil and toss to coat.
  • Sprinkle the potatoes with the seasoning and baking powder and toss to coat. I've found that stirring them with your hands works best.
  • Once the charcoal is just ashed over place the potato wedges in a circle around the edges of your grill. Don't let the potatoes touch. It's ok if you need to put them in two or three rows. If some pieces are thicker than others try to locate those nearer the fire.
  • Place the cover on the grill with the top and bottom vents wide open.
  • Cook for 20-30 minutes, rotating the lid 90 degrees every 5 or so minutes. Start checking the potatoes after 15 minutes. Sometimes one side off the grill needs more heat as the wedges there aren't cooking quite as quickly as others. Just rotate the lid so the vent is near that side and let cook a bit longer.
  • Remove and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 344kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 204mg | Potassium: 1779mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Quick Fix Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips

It seems like any time I pick up a bag of salt and vinegar potato chips at the store I end up unhappy. Some are way, way, way too salt and vinegar-y. You know, open the bag, breath in, pass out. Others, I swear the bag was mis-labelled because I don’t get even a hint of salt and vinegar. The solution? Quick fix chips that have just the right amount of salt, and just the right amount of vinegar! Score!

Quick Fix Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips

I prefer wavy ruffled chips for my quick fix salt and vinegar potato chips. First, they’re thick, so they hold up to any tossing required to get the seasoning evenly spread on each and every chip. Second, they have ridges that hold more seasoning than plan old flat chips. That means great flavor in each and every bite!

Quick Fix Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips

I prefer wavy ruffled chips for my quick fix salt and vinegar potato chips.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 452kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 cups potato chips A few good handfuls worth. I recommend ruffled chips, and no need to get the expensive stuff, store brand is fine
  • 1/2 tablespoon Kosmo's Q Salt and Vinegar Wing Dust more or less, to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 275 F.
  • Spread chips out onto a baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes. You should see that the oils in the chips have come to the surface.
  • Gently transfer chips to a large bowl and sprinkle with the seasoning. Use a spatula to carefully stir to coat.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 448mg | Potassium: 1020mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Quick Fix Herbed Fries

Who doesn’t keep a bag or two (or more) of frozen fries on hand at all times? Yep, easiest side dish in the world, ready in no time. But no reason for them to be boring. That’s where these quick fix herbed fries come in handy. Same fries, just amped up a bit with a few always-on-hand seasonings. Nothing fru-fru, nothing fancy. Just a nice different flavor.

Quick Fix Herbed Fries

I actually prefer to deep fry my frozen fries, when I can. They definitely crisp up better when fried. I can still make quick fix herbed fries. Instead of seasoning the fries before cooking, just toss them in the spice mixture right out of the deep fryer.

Quick Fix Herbed Fries

Who doesn’t keep a bag or two (or more) of frozen fries on hand at all times? Yep, easiest side dish in the world, ready in no time. But no reason for them to be boring.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 187kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Fire up your oven for the temperature listed on the bag of fries. Place a large baking sheet into the oven while it's heating up.
  • Transfer the fries to a large bowl and drizzle with the oil. Gently toss to coat.
  • Sprinkle the fries with onion powder, garlic salt and black pepper. Gently toss to coat.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven (with oven mitts). Spread the fries out evenly onto the pan. Return to the oven and bake per package instructions.
  • Remove fries and transfer to a bowl. Sprinkle with the parsley and salt and toss gently. Transfer to a platter and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 471mg | Potassium: 314mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.