Saturday, August 27, 2011

Grilled Potato Salad

There was NO tailgating this morning for Trevor's game since we had to leave the house before dawn to be at his last pre-season bowl game this morning.  We had to be there at 7am. 

He is #50 and nailed this tackle.

But tailgating season is upon us and one of the common side dishes found at a tailgate is the ubiquitous potato salad. If you want to make your potato salad stand out as something special, try grilling it. Take your favorite potato salad recipe and grill some of the main components. This is a trick taught at Kingsford University. Grilling your potatoes and veggies will boost their flavor. 

grilled potato salad, bbq plate

Before you can have a side dish, you have to have a main dish so I smoked three racks of spare ribs.
Rib set up for kamado grill, Big Green Egg rib set up, Craycort 13" used for ribs
Rubbed and on the Big Green Egg.  Used hickory & cherry wood.
Ribs with bones sticking out, big green egg ribs

Grilled Potato Salad

2 lb red bliss potatoes, halved
1 ear corn, shucked
1 ea jalapeno
2 ea green onion
1 stalk celery (trim leaves and reserve for the dressing, see below)
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp kosher salt
½ tsp black pepper, ground

3 oz Dukes mayonnaise
2 Tbsp coarse ground mustard
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp fresh thyme
1 tsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 tsp celery leaves, finely chopped
1 tsp fresh cayenne pepper, seeded and finely chopped (sub ½ tsp red pepper flake)
½ tsp fresh sage, finely chopped

Toss potatoes in oil, salt and pepper. Place on skewers and microwave for 3 minutes. Flip and microwave another 3 minutes.

Whisk the dressing ingredients together.

Place the potato skewers, corn, and jalapeno on a 350f grill. Cook for 8 minutes, turning it all every 2 minutes. 

In the last 2 minutes add the green onion and celery.

grilled potato salad, vegetarian grill dish, BBQ side dish

Remove the potatoes from the skewers and cut in half (so they are now quartered). Cut the kernels off of the ear. Peel, seed, and dice the jalapeno. Chop the celery and green onion.

Toss all of this into a large bowl. Mix with the dressing. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper as needed. Chill for at least one hour.

Ribs and potato salad
It's hard to make potato salad look awesome but ribs help!

Served with BBQ ribs and Bush Original Barbecue Beans.

[Standard Disclaimer] I am currently in a partnership with Bush Beans for some upcoming events but this post has nothing to do with that. Specific products named in this post are just because I like them. I wasn't compensated for this post.