Cheesy Ranch Potatoes on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Note: This recipe was developed using the Char-Broil Big Easy Oil-Less Fryer. If you are cooking using the Char-Broil Smoker-Roaster Grill you should cook with the lid open and the temperature set to High. You might also need to adjust the cooking time.

What could be better than roasted potatoes packed with wonderful ranch flavor and covered in cheese? Yeah, nothing. These cheesy ranch potatoes were made on the Char-Broil Big Easy in no time flat. The Big Easy is a great side-making machine. And it doesn’t heat up the house, which is sure great these days because it’s HOT here in Indiana!

Cheesy Ranch Potatoes on the Char-Broil Big Easy

You can fit a single disposable pan (for 3/4 pounds of potatoes) in the basket that comes with your Big Easy. Get a bunk bed basket and you can do a full 1 1/2 pounds of potatoes at once. You have to get a bunk bed for your Char-Broil Big Easy to make great side dishes like these cheesy ranch potatoes.

Cheesy Ranch Potatoes on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Although you can cook the potatoes in the Big Easy from start to finish, I recommend using a microwave to par-cook them first.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 189kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy. Meanwhile, prepare the potatoes.
  • Place the potatoes into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 3 minutes on high. Stir and check for doneness. Microwave another 2 minutes (or longer if needed) until just tender. Do not over-cook, they need to have a little bite to them.
  • Drizzle the potatoes with the oil.
  • Sprinkle with the Ranch seasoning and salt and pepper. Stir to coat completely.
  • Divide the potatoes between two disposable pans and transfer the pans to a Big Easy basket fitted with a Bunk Bed so you can cook both pans at the same time.
  • Place the basket into the Big Easy and cook for 10 minutes or until the potatoes start to turn golden brown around the edges.
  • Divide the cheese between the two pans and return to the Big Easy to melt, another 3-5 minutes.
  • Carefully remove the pans from the Big Easy and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 831mg | Potassium: 493mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 201IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 148mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Twice Baked Potatoes on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Note: This recipe was developed using the Char-Broil Big Easy Oil-Less Fryer. If you are cooking using the Char-Broil Smoker-Roaster Grill you should cook with the lid open and the temperature set to High. You might also need to adjust the cooking time.

These twice-baked potatoes made on the Char-Broil Big Easy were absolutely fantastic. I was already a big mashed potato fan before these came along. Now, I can’t get enough of them. The potatoes by themselves are divine. Creamy, smooth, tasty. Add a little rosemary for that special difference from ‘plain old’ potatoes. Top with cheese and you’ve got the perfect side dish.

Twice Baked Potatoes on the Char-Broil Big Easy

You can use any mashed potato recipe you like when making twice baked potatoes on the Char-Broil Big Easy. It just so happens that I’m a huge fan of this version despite having a number of variations in my recipe box. I think it’s about as perfect as can be.

I use disposable mini-meatloaf pans on my Big Easy. They’re great for meatloaf of course, and also for things like these potatoes.

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Twice Baked Potatoes on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Absolutely fantastic baked potatoes. I prefer to use disposable mini-meatloaf pans for this recipe. They fit into the Big Easy perfectly and are easy to handle. If you heat more than two mini pans at a time you'll need a Bunk Bed basket.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 1018kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 medium russet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary minced, or substitute 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1/3 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 green onion sliced
  • 3 mini meatloaf pans or whatever pans you prefer

Instructions

  • Fill a medium pot fitted with a steaming basket with a few inches of water. Place over high heat and bring to a boil.
  • Scrub the potatoes and chop into 1/2" cubes, leaving the skin on if desired. Transfer to the steaming pot and cover.
  • Steam the potatoes for 10-15 minutes or until tender when poked with a fork.
  • Drain the potatoes in a colander. Empty the water from the pot and wipe dry. Return to the stove but turn off the burner.
  • Add the butter to the pot and let it start softening. Then add the potatoes.
  • Use a potato masher to mash the potatoes while adding the milk. Don't add all of the milk unless you need it. Add just enough to get them the consistency you are looking for. A thicker mashed potato will stay on the cedar plank. A thinner mashed potato will have a tendency to run off the plank, so aim for a thicker version.
  • Stir in the sour cream, garlic and rosemary.
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Mound the potatoes into mini-meatloaf pans and add the cheese and green onion. Grill for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the potatoes are hot. Note: You can test them by inserting an instant-read thermometer into the middle of the potatoes.
  • Note: If you are using refrigerated potatoes, heat them for 10 minutes in the Big Easy without the cheese and green onion first. Then, add the cheese and onion and heat another 20 minutes.

Notes

I found these potatoes to be best when made the day before. Then, the next stay, just spoon them into the meatloaf tins, add the cheese and onion, and heat on the Big Easy.

Nutrition

Calories: 1018kcal | Carbohydrates: 170g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 461mg | Potassium: 3989mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 1103IU | Vitamin C: 55mg | Calcium: 676mg | Iron: 8mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Easy Marinated Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Note: This recipe was developed using the Char-Broil Big Easy Oil-Less Fryer. If you are cooking using the Char-Broil Smoker-Roaster Grill you should cook with the lid open and the temperature set to High. You might also need to adjust the cooking time.

This super easy marinated chicken is exactly why I love using my Char-Broil Big Easy. I was serving salad for dinner, and wanted chicken to go with it. Not dried out, bland super market rotisserie chicken. Moist, tender flavor-packed chicken. And with as little fuss as possible. And this is it.

Easy Marinated Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I don’t see any reason to use a super fru-fru Italian dressing for marinating the chicken. I used a 16 ounce bottle of generic dressing from our local grocery store. For $1, it added the perfect flavor, tenderness and juiciness to my chicken. Use any dressing (or even bottled marinade) you like, but stay away from anything that contains sugar or sugar-like substances. Sugar will cause the outside of the chicken to burn long before the insides are done.

Also try my apple juice brined Big Easy chicken and my Famous Dave’s Country Roast chicken.

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Easy Marinated Chicken on the Char-Broil Big Easy

This super easy marinated chicken is exactly why I love using my Char-Broil Big Easy. I was serving salad for dinner, and wanted chicken to go with it. Not dried out, bland super market rotisserie chicken. Moist, tender flavor-packed chicken.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 384kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Rinse chicken and place into a large resealable container or baggie.
  • Shake the bottle of dressing and add to container. Cover or seal and shake gently to coat.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, turning the chicken once or twice to make sure all sides get time in the dressing.
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade and shake off any excess.
  • Transfer the chicken to the Big Easy basket and place into the Big Easy.
  • Roast for about 20 minutes per pound, or until breasts reach at least 165 F and dark meat reaches 175 F.
  • Remove and let rest 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 642mg | Potassium: 266mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 182IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.