Alder Plank Grilled Potatoes
Thinly sliced potatoes tossed with basil, garlic, and oil and grilled on a plank of Alder wood for a fragrant smoky flavor
2 pounds red or Yukon Gold potatoes -- about 8-10 small [<2inches in diameter] potatoes
2-3 teaspoons minced garlic (about 4-6 cloves)
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
1/3 cup oil
1 large Alder wood plank*
1. Soak plank according to package instructions. I soak mine in a (very clean) sink of water, weighted down. For these potatoes, I find it's best to soak the plank for as long as possible. Eight hours of soaking time is great, so plan ahead! :)
2. Scrub your potatoes and thinly slice them. In a large mixing bowl, toss together the sliced potatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, basil, and oil.
3. Preheat grill on HIGH (or prepare charcoal grill). Turn grill to MEDIUM heat and place soaked plank on grill. Put the potatoes in a layer on the plank. Close the lid of the grill and grill for about 40-50 minutes on MEDIUM, stirring potatoes once or twice during cooking. Potatoes are done when tender in the middle and crisp at the edges!
I have tried grilling these potatoes on HIGH instead of MEDIUM, and that also works, shortening the grilling time to about 30 minutes. Stir every 10-12 minutes if using high heat!
An alternative to grilling the potatoes directly on the wood is to use a grill pan/grid and place the grill pan/grid on the soaked wood, and then place the potatoes on the grill grid. We have a grill pan similar to this one; this grill grid also gets good reviews on Amazon.
This works great as well, and allows for easier stirring and a faster grilling time, as the potatoes will be in a thinner layer (more spread out) on the grill. They should grill in about 30-40 minutes at MEDIUM heat if you have a thinner layer like this.
*We got these planks at Costco and the size is 7x16 inches. If using smaller planks for this amount of potatoes (2 pounds), you will need two planks.
15 minutes (plus soaking time)
30-50 minutes (see recipe notes)
These grilled potatoes are really easy to make, but have a stunning flavor! We all absolutely love these. The Alder wood flavor and basil complement the potatoes, which get crisp around the edges and it's hard to stop eating these!!
I've served these grilled potatoes with Chicken Squash Bake (shown above and below).