When I was a kid, every time we fired up the grill my mom made grilled potato packets. And, being a potato lover, I couldn’t get enough of them. With crispy potatoes, soft onions, salt, pepper and the smallest hint of butter, what’s not to love?
Since my family doesn’t always love potatoes, I put this recipe on the back burner until a few weeks ago. I was sure The Goose wouldn’t go for them, because he refuses to eat any food with visible onions. But I was wrong – Everyone loved them! And I was able to recapture a piece of my childhood with every bite.
Grilled Potato Packets
1 medium russet potato for each person
1 Onion (smaller if your family doesn’t like onions, larger if they do)
Begin by peeling and thinly slicing the potatoes, adding them directly to a bowl of cold, salted water. (I use my mandoline slicer – one of my must have kitchen utensils).
Next, peel and thinly slice the onion, and set it aside.
To make the foil packets, measure out one piece of foil for each potato, approximately 12 inches in length.
Make an assembly line by laying each of the foil sheets side by side on your counter. Add a small pat of butter to each piece of foil, then top with the potatoes and onions. Add some salt and pepper to each packet.
Next, working one packet at a time, add a small amount of canola oil to the potatoes. Lift up the each end of the packet and fold them together. Next, fold the ends together to seal the packet. Repeat for each potato packet.
Place the potato packets on a preheated grill and cook for 15-20 minutes. Flip the packet over and cook for an additional 20 minutes, until the potatoes are crispy, but not burnt. (You can also make these in a 400 degree oven, following the same cooking directions.)