Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Pa's Potatoes

There is nothing my father enjoyed more than a backyard cook out. Our family (grandparents, aunts & uncles, cousins) would gather in the backyard often during the summer months for these events. The food was always good and plentiful.

My mother was the primary cook at our house,

but my father had several signature dishes
he liked to make. One of these was a grilled potato. I remember the first time Dad made these potatoes, I must have been 11 or 12. As always he was very enthusiastic while everyone was skeptical--not all Dad's ideas were winners. But, this one was to be a colossal hit and take its place among the family favorites.

Like all of my father's special dishes, the origin
remains a mystery, but the final result does not!

Pa's Potatoes

4 Medium sized red skinned potatoes
1 large onion, peeled and sliced
4 cloves garlic, peeled & cut in half length-wise
Cilantro (Basil or Italian parsley can be substituted)
Salt (Kosher)
Pepper (fresh ground)
Aluminum foil

Turn on the grill to low and allow it to heat while preparing the potatoes. Tear off four pieces of aluminum foil about 12x12 inches and set aside. Cut the potatoes in half and set them out side by side on a cutting board. On one half of each potato place one slice of onion, a clove of garlic, some cilantro leaves, a pat of butter, a sprinkle of salt, a healthy grind of pepper. Place remaining half of the potato on top of the "loaded" potato half.

Take a piece of the aluminum foil, place a potato on it. Wrap the potato with the aluminum foil. Place the wrapped potatoes on the grill. Close the grill and "bake" the potatoes for approximately 45 minutes turning as needed.

The potatoes are done when they feel soft through the aluminum foil. Remove them to a platter and serve the potatoes wrapped. Unwrapping the potatoes is like unwrapping a gift, it is all part of the experience.


  1. Mmm. I'll have to see if Bella wants to make this on her grill before it gets too cold for grilling.

  2. Ooooooh, these look good. Mmmmmmmmm..... carbs.

  3. I'm making these tonight as part of my American BBQ for guests from the UK - I'll let you know how they go! -Bella

  4. Please do. And, I hope they will enjoy them as much as we do!

  5. By the way, they were delicious! They took a little more than 45 minutes on the grill but I had not warmed it up. - Bella