Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Grilled Tuscan Scalloped Potatoes

We have a love/hate relationship with fish at our house.  Everyone else loves it, I hate it.

I still make it for them, since they like it, and I just eat the side dishes or something else.  Some dietary guidelines recommend eating fish at least twice a week.  We fail at that mark, probably more like twice a month.   

Tonight I made plank grilled Tomato Basil Salmon with asparagus and Tuscan scalloped potatoes and I wanted to cook it all on the grill at one time.


Time was of the essence because it has been cold, rainy, and snowy. I didn't want to be out in the foul weather all night and I had an ace up my sleeve.  McCormick Kitchens have just rolled out three new fish recipes that make family-friendly fish dinners that can be done easily in 15 minutes.  I happened to receive a set of them to try out earlier in the week.


Since the scalloped potatoes would take the longest, I put them on first.

Grilled Tuscan Scalloped Potatoes

by www.nibblemethis.com
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients (4 servings)
  • 2 lbs red bliss potatoes sliced into 1/8" slices
  • 4 Tbsp butter, cut into thin slices
  • 2 tsp McCormick Perfect Pinch Tuscan Rosemary and Sun-Dried Tomato Seasoning
  • 18" x 36" piece of aluminum foil, folded into a 18" square
  • Toppings of your choice - bacon bits, diced green onion, Parmesan cheese, etc
Instructions
  1. Preheat a charcoal grill to 400f.
  2. Place a layer of potatoes in the center part of the foil. Top with a few slices of butter and liberally season with Tuscan seasoning. Repeat until you have a mound about 4-5 layers high.
  3. Pull up the edges of the foil and seal tightly.
  4. Place over direct heat on the grill and cook for 40 minutes, flipping every 8-10 minutes.
  5. Remove from grill and let rest for 5-10 minutes. Wearing heat resistant gloves, carefully open the packet.
  6. Serve with the toppings of your choice.  I like bacon bits, green onion, and sour cream or Greek yogurt.
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After they had been on the grill for 25 minutes, I added the salmon, which was super easy.  

Plank Grilled Tomato Basil Salmon

by www.nibblemethis.com
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 15 min

Ingredients (3 servings)
Instructions
  1. Preheat a charcoal grill to 400f.
  2. Lightly oil fillets and coat the top with the Tomato Basil seasoning. Place on the wood plank.
  3. Place wood plank on the grill over direct heat and close grill lid.
  4. Cook for 15 minutes until the salmon is flaky and reaches an internal temperature of 125-130f.
  5. Serve immediately. For presentation, I like to bring the still smoldering plank to the table and serve from the plank. It's like seeing a steaming, sizzling plate of fajitas passing through a Tex-Mex joint, it makes an impression.
  6. Tip:  Work a metal spatula between the skin and fish, the skin should stick to the plank and the fish lift right off of the skin.
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With 10 minutes left, I put the asparagus on.  Tossed them in oil, seasoned with salt, pepper and a splash of lemon juice.  I cooked them on an extra half plank that I had.  I reuse planks that I use for veggies at least 2-3 times.  

The plank will start smoking lightly but will not catch on fire if you keep the lid closed. 
The potatoes were fantastic as usual.  This technique works with all kinds of flavor profiles.

Crispy crust, bold flavors, and moist salmon.
If you don't want to bother with plank grilling, you can use McCormick's recipe for in the oven.  It is even easier and ready in 20 minutes!  Complete the meal with a colorful saute of green beans and cherry tomatoes.  



  1. Preheat oven to 400f.  Empy Seasoning Mix into shallow dish.  Brush fish with oil.  Coat lightly on both sides with Seasoning Mix.  Discard any remaining Seasoning Mix.
  2. Place fish in single layer on foil - lined shallow baking pan.
  3. Bake 10-15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
I know a lot of you are practicing fish Fridays during the Lenten season, you might want to check out these quick and easy dinner solutions.  Speaking for my family, they liked the flavor and texture a lot. 

[Standard Disclaimer]  I have previously received compensation from McCormick for various projects but this was not a sponsored post.

16 comments:

  1. Mmmm...both the salmon and the potatoes look amazing!

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  2. Looks like a great meal Chris - we had fish tonight for the third day in a row - you probaly don't want to live here.

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  3. Thanks for showing fish love! GREG

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  4. Well, who could complain about this? Just gorgeous!!

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  5. Oh Chris! can I come over for dinner please! I love salmon - I could have your portion! the potatoes are divine!
    Mary x

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  6. The potatoes look so delicious. The salmon is the perfect costar and the best part is that it looks easy to put together.

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  7. Fantastic meal, Chris! I know you don't like fish, but you grill it like you love it and that's what counts :)

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  8. I love fish; Jeremy loathes it, unless it's a tuna sandwich. (There are very rare exceptions, and I can only force the issue infrequently!) So when I do make something I know Jeremy won't like, I use your same tactic: make some fabulous side dishes, so no one can complain about being neglected and starved ....

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  9. Its the opposite over here. I love it and everyone else hates it :(

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  10. I started eating seafood in my late 20's and now I love it. This salmon looks spectacular and so do the potatoes and asparagus. A beautiful and delicious meal Chris.

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  11. I'm seriously trying to eat more fish and salmon is near the top of my hit list. This looks wonderful (so do the taters...)

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  12. I have a serous love/hate relationship also...in that I love salmon and hate all other fish lol. I love potatoes too and these sound super.

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  13. I loveee salmon! What a wonderful meal, Chris....Those potatoes sound delicious. I am printing the potatoes recipe for dinner tonight!Thanks!

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  14. I love this meal. I am the only one at my house that eat salmon...so what, they can eat hot pockets - lol!

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  15. Being a brand ambassador I have to say I love me some McCormicks! Both of these have my mouth watering! You rock for cooking your family fish!

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