Friday, June 20, 2008

Easy Grilled Potato & Onion Bundles

This is one of those old stand by recipes that everyone makes at barbecues and it's always been one of my favorites. You could do them in the oven instead of on the grill, but who wants to deal with an oven on a hot summer day? Clearly, the grill is the way to go. Happy grilling!

large baking potatoes
large onions
fresh herbs (optional)

Wash potatoes and pat them dry, leaving skins on. Slice each potato into 6 or 7 slices (depending on the size and length of the potato), but keep all the slices together. Peel onion and slice into thick slices. Cut each onion slice in half. Place a sliced potato in the center of a large piece of heavy duty aluminum foil. Separate slices and put a half slice of onion between each potato slice. Top with salt, pepper, (fresh herbs if using), and a pat of butter. Wrap foil up around it and pinch foil edges together to form a little bundle, making sure to seal it. Place each bundle on grill for about an hour or until tender. Serve with a big dollop of sour cream.

You can vary this as much as you want. Add garlic or fresh herbs like fresh dill or rosemary, or other spices like seasoned salts or peppers.
Unfortunately, there's no exact cooking time. Grilling temperatures, wind, and other weather conditions will affect your cooking time, so the best way to check them is to just open one of them. Since potatoes are different sizes, I'd open the largest one. If the largest one is tender, then you know the smaller ones will be tender as well. If you're baking these in the oven, figure about an hour at 350 degrees or about 45 minutes at 400 degrees. Keep that in mind when you're figuring your cooking times for the grill.


Anonymous said...

Additional tip: You can make these a little bit ahead of time, too, if you're having a party and will need the grill for other stuff. Once the potatoes are done, put them into a cooler (yes, a cooler). If you keep the cooler closed, they will stay hot for quite a while. This is also handy if you're taking them somewhere.

Anonymous said...

Awesome tip!! Thanx Cath! you're, like, my most loyal reader. love that!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I am. Doesn't that put me at the top of the list of potential recipe-tasters???

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