Friday, April 8, 2011

Grilled Italian Potatoes

I like cooking all of my dinner in the same place. Put it all; main dish, veggie, and starch, in the oven, on the grill, or in the crockpot. It simplifies cooking and uses each appliance more efficiently.

So one night when I had planned grilled shrimp skewers, I wanted some sort of veggie or starch to wrap in foil and throw on the grill. I had seen this addition of Italian salad dressing around the web at a few different places, and thought it would work great. Any flavor of salad dressing would work great here, I just wanted to use up the last few dribbles from my Italian bottle.

I precooked the potato because I am very cautious of too-hard potatoes coming from foil packets - I've be known on a few occasions to take my foil packet potatoes from the grill, dump them in a bowl and microwave (don't microwave 'em straight in the foil, people!) but I despise microwaving grilled food.

I consider it a deadly sin to microwave steaks or chicken from the grill, as my husband will attest to the many hissy fits I've thrown other the years when he brings it up as a hail mary to speed up dinner. It takes all that wonderful texture and flavor that the grill gives and trashes long story short, I precooked the potato for a few minutes, then diced it up to finish on the grill.

Grilled Italian Potatoes
Serves 4 as a side dish

1 large potato, large diced
Salt and pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons bottled Italian salad dressing, or more to taste

Spray a large piece of foil with nonstick cooking spray. Pile the diced potatoes onto the foil, sprinkle with salt and black pepper, then drizzle salad dressing over potatoes. Fold over the foil and seal edges to create a foil packet. Put in the grill while you are preheating it for your main dish, and grill for approx 30 mins, rotating the packet a few times during cooking process.

Creatively Domestic

Simple Cooking | Easy Cooking

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