Every week I try to do a ‘Taco Tuesday’ since we all love ‘Mexican’ food. It’s evolved into more of a ‘tex-mex’ themed meal as opposed to being just the traditional tacos. One thing my kids always, unanimously, ask for on Tuesday’s is this Yellow Basmati Rice.
I originally discovered this in a Taste of Home list of easy grill meals. After briefly scanning the ingredients and directions, I knew I had to try it, and it was love at first bite. Creamy, cheesy, bacon-y…what better elements to build a mouth-watering side-dish for any meal? These potatoes are delicious, and equally easy to prepare and cook. We love having them any evening we grill out. They’re great for just our family’s dinner, or I can easily double the recipe, making a second batch, to feed a larger crowd. I’ve also found that these make a great, easy side-dish for camping meals. Even better, use this recipe as a guideline and get creative in your kitchen, or backyard. These potatoes have plenty of potential possibilities. Try adding broccoli. We also make, and love, a sweet potato version based off of this recipe. Whether you decide to stick to the original, or spice your potato packet up a little, you can’t go wrong with these cheese potatoes.
Grilled Three-Cheese Potatoes
- 3 large russet potatoes, scrubbed, peeled, and diced into 1 inch cubes
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp chives, minced
- 1/2 tsp seasoning salt, or plain salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1/2 cooked, crumbled bacon, or 1/2 cup cooked, diced ham
- 1/2 cup shredded, part-skim mozzarella
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients.
- Transfer contents to a double thickness of greased, heavy-duty aluminum foil (about 18 inches square).
- Dot with butter.
- Fold foil around potato mixture and seal tightly.
- Grill, covered, over medium heat for 15-18 minutes on each side or until potatoes are tender.
- Carefully (very carefully because the escaping steam can burn you) open the foil packet.
- Sprinkle the bacon, or ham, and cheeses over the potato mixture.
- Reseal and grill for 3-5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
- Carefully open and let all steam escape.
It’s that time of year again. Time for hot grills, good friends, picnic foods…it’s cookout time! I discovered this potato salad last summer, when I was searching for an alternative to my go-to mustard based recipe. I had been assigned to bring it as a dish, and I just wanted something a little different. Most likely due to the fact that I’d already been to two cookouts in the last 24 hours and didn’t want to eat the exact same thing again. I was a bit shocked, and saddened, to discover that there is such a thing as too much potato salad. I couldn’t have asked for more from this version. Although the recipe makes enough for roughly 4-6 people, depending on serving size, the ingredients easily doubled to make enough for a larger party. I was equally pleased to see that not only did my family love it, but so did everyone else. Who said change was a bad thing? Now, as you get ready to host or attend, a cookout (or cookouts) in the coming weeks of Summer, give this side a try. It’s a rich, creamy potato salad with all the tastes and textures of an actually loaded baked potato. This recipe is sure to be a hit at your next soiree, and I assure you that you will be asked for the recipe. Repeatedly.
Loaded Baked Potato Salad
- 4-5 large Russet potatoes
- 1/2 cup sour cream (or Greek yogurt)
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup green onions, thinly sliced
- 6 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
- salt & pepper, to taste
- In a small bowl, stir together the mayonaise and sour cream until evenly combined.
- Stir in 1/2 of the green onions (1/4 cup), the cheese, salt, and pepper.
- Let this sit in the fridge to chill while you prepare the potatoes.
- Wash, peel, and then cut potatoes into bite-sized pieces.
- Put cut potatoes into a large pot, cover with water, and boil until just fork tender, about 15-20 minutes. Don’t over boil, or potatoes with mush and become loaded mashed potatoes.
- When potatoes are done, drain, and let cool.
- Put potatoes in a large bowl and combine with the sour cream mixture.
- Stir, or fold, in about 3/4 of the crumbled bacon.
- Top with remaining green onions and crumbled bacon.
- Serve chilled.