I'm very much looking forward to this afternoon. On kind of a spur of the moment I decided to include inviting my friends to join me on my cook-a-thon. I thought there would be one or two who would be interested, turns out, there are a lot more! So... today from about 4pm-7pm there will be a group of crazy women cooking between 7 and 13 meals for their freezers and families. How cool is that! Actually it will probably be really hot, but alas... we are going to knock out some cooking, and take care of the "what's for dinner" stress for several weeks!!!YEA!!! I bet there will be some laughter also!
I do want to share one of my favorite easy summer grilling recipes on this post though. Grilled Potato Packets. First of all if you CAN have a grill, you NEED a grill. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, but a propane grill that you can fire up on a moment's notice is truly worth the investment. I'm certain that they are on clearance at places like Sears, Lowes, Home Deopt etc. Or check Craig's list (but be careful... if someone is getting rid of a grill it likely needs repairs, and many times the item that needs repaired on the grill, costs just about as much as a new grill.) LADIES.... do not be scared of the grill!!! It will not blow up or singe your eyebrows off. You can do this!
Grilled Potato Packets are so simple, and taste so yuumy. Great with steaks, pork chops, bbq chicken. Whatever.
1 potato per person, plus 1-2 more (so, I was making packets for 4 the other night, I used 6 potatoes).
Diced Yellow Onion (for 6 potatoes I used about 1/2 of a large one)
3-4 cloves minced garlic, or garlic seasoning
1 T. oil per packet
1 T. Butter per packet
Salt and Pepper
2-3 ice cubes per packet
1. Lay out a long length of foil. I used about 18-22" of foil. Don't skimp here!
2. Cube potatoes. I cut in half the long way, and then half again (so you end up with 4 long pieces of potato) then cut into about 1/2 " pieces.
3. Lay potatoes and onion on foil.
4. Sprinkle with seasonings.
5. Drizzle with oil.
6. Add butter. (not melted)
7. Add ice (not melted)
8. Put another piece of foil on top. Roll edges up. To make a packet.
9. IF YOU ARE NOT USING HEAVY DUTY FOIL wrap with a 2nd layer of foil. This helps so it doesn't tear, and also helps it not burn.
10. Put packets on an ALREADY HOT GRILL. I heat my grill before I start. On "High". Then turn down to about medium for this.
11. CLOSE THE LID. Let them cook, don't peek, for about 8-10 minutes.
12. Flip. CLOSE THE LID. Let them cook for another 8-10 minutes.
13. Then I move them to the "top rack" while I grill whatever meat I'm grilling.
14. CAREFULLY remove from grill (grilling tongs are pretty essentil here).
15. VERY CAREFULLY open. There will be steam (from the ice). It is VERY HOT.
ENJOY!!!!! And best yet, no dishes, no hot kitchen from making potatoes in the oven. YUM!