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What Are the Best Tips for Grilling Potatoes?

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  • Written By: Amber Eberle
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There are a number of different methods for grilling potatoes. All types of potatoes can be cooked on a grill, including varieties like Russet, Yukon Gold, red, and small white potatoes. In this type of preparation, potatoes can either be placed directly on the grill, wrapped in foil, or even slightly parboiled before grilling. For best results, potatoes should usually be properly cleaned and prepared before going on the grill. Cooking time will vary and is very important when grilling potatoes.

The type of potato used for grilling is a matter of personal taste. Russet potatoes tend to have a dry, fluffy texture when grilled. Yukon Golds as well as red or white potatoes are usually moister and firmer after being cooked in this way.

Potatoes typically need to be cleaned before they are cooked. The best way to do this is by holding the potatoes under running water and scrubbing them with a vegetable brush or cloth to remove any dirt on the skin. When grilling potatoes, the skin can be left on or removed with a potato peeler, depending on personal preference.

The vegetables can be cut into slices, wedges, or cubed before grilling. Potatoes can also be grilled whole. Rubbing olive or another type of oil on them can add flavor and keep them from sticking to the grill racks during preparation. Seasonings such as salt, pepper, or dried herbs may be sprinkled on the potatoes to further enhance their taste.

When grilling potatoes, they can either be placed directly on the grill to be cooked or can be wrapped in foil and indirectly cooked over the heat. Placing them directly on the grill generally results in a potato that is drier, with a crunchy exterior, while potatoes wrapped in foil tend to be moister inside. To cook directly on the grill, potato slices or wedges should be large enough so they do not fall through the grill grates. Whole potatoes can be placed on a skewer to make them easier to handle and turn during cooking. When cooking a foil-wrapped potato, or a foil packet of potatoes, place them towards the back of the grill or in another position away from the direct heat of the fire.

The cooking time, while grilling potatoes, usually depends on the size of the vegetable. In other words, the larger the vegetable, the longer it will take to prepare. Whether whole or in pieces, a potato is fully cooked when it can easily be pierced with a fork or other utensil. To speed up the grilling process, the potatoes can be placed in a pot of water and boiled for about four to six minutes before placing them on the grill to finish cooking.

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