August 21, 2009

Bacon-Chipotle Twice Grilled Potatoes

2 large russet potatoes
3 strips center cut bacon, crumbled
1 chipotle pepper in adobe, minced
1/2 cup shredded cheddar
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons fresh or freeze dried minced chives

olive oil for brushing

Prick the potatoes with a fork. Brush all sides with olive oil. Place mesquite chips in a foil packet, poke holes in the foil, and place on the coals. Cook the potatoes directly on the grill over hot coals for 30 minutes, then turn.

Cook for an additional 30 minutes or until fully cooked. Remove from the grill. Slice in half. Scoop out the insides and gently mashed with the remaining ingredients. Scoop back into the skins. Place on the grill.

Grill until the cheese melts and they are hot all the way through, about 5-10 minutes.

Quick tips: Measure out the filling ingredients before you start to grill and refrigerate them until the potatoes are ready. Also, bacon crumbles easily after it has been refrigerated, make extra next time you cook bacon for breakfast or another recipe. If using freshly cooked bacon, cut it up with kitchen shears.

My thoughts:

my grill friday

This is a great side dish to make when you are grilling a main dish that takes a long time; the potatoes don't take up much room on the grill. I've made this when grilling a large piece of meat over indirect heat, I just put the potatoes around the edge of the grill over the coals. The potatoes take on a light, smoky, grilled flavor that is reflected in the chipotle and bacon. The skin gets wonderfully crispy-the perfect edible container.