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Friday, October 29, 2010

Smashed Grilled Potatoes

Years ago Mom gave me a wonderful recipe for small red potatoes.  I saw it later in a magazine and they called them volcano potatoes.  Whatever they're called, they're a very easy, delicious way to fix potatoes.  And, since Connie's not a fan of plain potatoes, I'm always careful to fancy them up a bit. 

I thought potatoes would be perfect with the Beer Buttered Pork Tenderloin for Kara's birthday.  Why?  Because the tenderloin had a yummy, cider/beer sauce that'd be perfect on potatoes.  But, alas, I had a pumpkin cheesecake in the oven at 350.  These need to roast at 500.  What to do?  How about a grill basket?  Might work.  After all, the whole theory is to take some of the wonderful soft, fluffy potato and make some interesting crispy edges.  And a grill's pretty wonderful at crispy edges!!

Yes, it did.  Just fine.  In fact, they were so good I made a second batch the next evening!

Smashed Grilled Potatoes

small red potatoes
olive oil
herbs of choice (I used Penzey's Mural of Flavor the first time and a New Orleans mix the 2nd))
grated cheese of choice (I used Romano)

Boil the potatoes until they are soft enough to squish. Put them in a grill basket. 

Squish them (a potato masher works well) then drizzle them well with olive oil and sprinkle with herbs.  Top with a bit of grated cheese.

Put them on the grill right along with the meat.


Suchitra said...

Real good and pretty simple to make! loved the recipe

Kath said...

Now I need to get a grill basket! Your smashed Grilled Potatoes look fantastic!

GreenGirl said...

an easy and interesting way to make potatoes. thanks for sharing it

Anonymous said...

Yum!!! Those look so great! Love anything that is potato, hehe said...

wow! they look delicious! i wish I had one! :P :D

Island Vittles said...

What a tasty and easy side! I'll just have to put mine under the broiler instead of on the grill...(we're well past grill weather here!)Theresa

Cristina @ TeenieCakes said...

I luv the simplicity of these smashed grilled potatoes with cheese. What's not to luv about potatoes? :)

doggybloggy said...

who doesnt love potatoes - these look great what a good idea!

Monet said...

These look like such wonderful comfort food! I adore a simple, potato recipe. Thank you for sharing, and I'm sorry if I've been a bit sparse here lately...we are going through such a trial. Thank you for all your kind words on my own blog. They mean a lot!