My husband cooks outside on the grill almost every day during winter, spring, summer, fall, rain, snow, heat and humidity. The more dishes I can prep for grill cooking, the less cooking I have to do inside the house. Following is a very simple potato side dish which lends itself well to grill cooking. I made this potato side dish today which is what gave me the idea to write about it. We all like “easy” – easy to prepare, easy to eat and easy clean-up – this one has it all.
This dish is easy to prepare and even easier to cook. You will need the following items/quantities for dinner for 4 people:
. 4 good size potatoes – any type of potato will work
. 1 large onion – any type of bulb onion (red or white)
. Aluminum foil for two pouches
. Cooking Spray
Wash and peel your potatoes then slice into ¼ inch thick pieces.
Slice your onion about the same thickness, separate the rings.
Make two of the following pouches:
Pull off a good size piece of foil and lay flat on the counter then another piece the same size the lay on top of the first piece to make a + (plus) sign.
Spray the foil with cooking spray then make a single layer of potatoes, followed by a layer of separated sliced onion. Put a few dabs of butter on top.
Fold the flaps of the foil over each other on the horizontal piece and then do the same with the vertical piece and fold the edges over. You now have a sealed pouch and the potatoes and onions will steam. The potatoes will get a nice golden brown color on the bottom. It should take about 15 minutes for them to cook, depending on your grill.
Check them after 10 minutes. Very gently open a small portion of the pouch and stick a fork into the potatoes to check them then seal it back up again. Once you make this dish a few times you will have a good handle on the length of time it takes to cook.
This is a very easy potato side dish with little prep time and very little clean-up time! To clean up after dinner – grab the foil and toss in the trash! You can make the dish ahead and keep in the fridge until you are ready to cook. Leave the pouch closed until it is time to eat, the contents will stay hot for quite a while.
If you don’t have an onion sprinkle a little onion powder (very little).
Another option instead of onion try a Mrs. Dash type product.
You can also be a purist and just use a little salt and pepper.
Consider some thin sliced mushrooms.
Be creative, experiment and enjoy the ease of grill cooking. Get your kids involved in making this potato side dish.