Random Recipes – Quick Grill Fries

29 May

Yesterday, I was in the kitchen and I spied the bowl of potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic and shallots that I keep on the counter.  We had a lot of potatoes.  Quick glance at the week’s menu plan.  No potatoes needed.  This could be a problem.  Adjust the plan for the week or not?  What the heck am I going to do with all of those potatoes?  I made some quick ‘fries’ to go with the hamburgers I had planned for Memorial Day. 

I love roasted potatoes, especially when they are nicely crisped and brown.  Unfortunately, it takes a long roasting to get them as crispy as we like them and I’m often trying to cook a meal in under 20 minutes.  My husband came up with a method to par-boiling the potatoes on the microwave.  It works perfectly to accelerate the cooking time and then you just need a really hot oven or grill to finish them off.  For the oven, I would do 425F or 450F.

Ingredients:  potatoes, water, olive oil, salt, pepper

Preheat the oven or grill.  If using the grill, put a cast-iron skillet on the grill to heat.

Cut the potatoes into ‘fries’.

Put the potatoes in a microwave-safe container (a Pyrex measuring cup with a handle works great).  Fill the container with water to cover the potatoes.  Microwave until you can easily prick the potatoes with a fork, but not until they are mushy.  You want the potatoes to be mostly cooked, but you are going to finish cooking them on the grill or in the oven.  In my microwave, this is usually about 8 minutes.

Drain the potatoes and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.

Put the potatoes in a single layer on the griddle. 

Husband’s Onion Note:  Grilled onions are great.  Grill them with the smaller side of the concentric onion rings down so that the onions don’t fall apart when they are grilled.  Don’t flip them.

Let them cook until crispy on one side and then turn over.  8-10 minutes per side should work fine on a hot griddle.

One Response to “Random Recipes – Quick Grill Fries”


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