I saw part of a episode of Grill It! with Bobby Flay where he was making some grilled potato wedges and both Waldo and I said almost at the same time that we had to make those. They looked so good and sounded really easy to make. I was surprised to find out that they were in fact very easy to make, if you don’t burn your oil.
Grilled Potato Wedges with Hot Garlic and Red Chili
adapted from Bobby Flay’s Grilled Potato Wedges with Hot Garlic, Red Chili, Parmesan and Parsley
- 4 russet potatoes, scrubbed
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup canola oilSunflower oil
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (which I totally forgot to add)
Put the potatoes in a pot of cold water, add some kosher salt and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer slowly till soft but firm (about 40 minutes). The potatoes must be cooked through and fork tender, but still holding their shape. Drain and set aside to cool slightly, then cut each potato lengthwise into 8 wedges.
I carefully covered the wedged (which were on a cookie sheet) with some sunflower oil, salt and pepper, then I wiggled them around to coat all the sides. Grill until golden brown and cooked through, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a serving bowl.
Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan until it begins to shimmer, this is very important, shimmer not simmer. Do not try to simmer the oil, it doesn’t go well. Remove from the heat and immediately add the garlic and red chili flakes and let sit for 1 minute. Season the oil with salt and pepper, to taste, and drizzle over the potatoes. Sprinkle with the cheese (if you don’t forget) and serve immediately.
I wish I would have had the parsley that the original recipe called for, but I forgot to grab it at the store. I think it might have added a nice herby flavor. And I really wish I hadn’t forgotten about the cheese, but you know what, I didn’t notice anything was missing until I saw the cheese on the counter after I was done eating. Next time I’ll add the cheese for sure.