Last night was date night. Mrs. My Year on the Grill is planning a very long weekend, taking Thursday off work for a Doctor appointment, and Friday off for a mental health sick day (a desperately needed day of playing hooky to improve her mental health). To start the weekend off, I thought I would work on something special for her.
I was inspired by (I stole this idea from) another of my daily blog reads, Steamy Kitchen. A few days ago, Steamy published a photo and recipe that looked beautiful. Click here. I spent a few days pondering the photo, and wanted to give it a try; Grillin style.
My wife is a garlic lover, so I knew I was going to use garlic. I had a red bell pepper and a green sweet pepper in the drawer, and wanted to add color to the dish. I plopped some garlic, about a third of the red pepper and one sweet pepper (tops, bottom and seeds removed) into my handy dandy mini chopper.
I ground them up as fine as the chopper would.
I then cut the potatoes up as Steamy described in her post. My manual slide slicer cuts a little thicker than hers does, so my photos will not match as well, but since I was going to cook these on the grill, thicker would work better. I added a teaspoon of Olive Oil, and coated the potato slices as well as I could with the goop.
I then took a wooden skewer (soaked in oil for about an hour to make sliding easier) and arranged in a row.
I made a little boat of tin foil, poured some butter over the potatoes, and started cooking over an indirect medium heat. With the lid closed, this setup cooks like an oven. After about 45 minutes, added a bit of Provolone cheese on the top, and allowed that to melt while I grilled a steak and fresh Corn on the cob.
The potatoes were pretty very unique looking and very well received. Best of all, the garlic and peppers toasted nicely, the smoke from the grill added a layer of taste and these were a big hit.
The weather was beautiful, and the meal was a success. The potatoes were pretty. We enjoyed a bottle of wine and stayed out on our deck for hours. Eventually, our neighbors brought some beer over and we missed the Tonight Show again. Not sure who Conan had on, but I would bet we had more fun!