Grilled Potato Wedges

[Photographs: Joshua Bousel]

I know these aren't fries, but doesn't "hamburger and grilled potato wedges" have a nice ring to it too? I was reflecting on my grilling past and realized that grilled fries—which had been such a staple in my earlier years—had completely fallen out of my repertoire for some time now, and I couldn't come up with any good reason why.

They're quick, tasty, and go great with with most meats coming off the flames, so why shouldn't they be part of any regular grilling rotation?

Making them couldn't be more simple: wedge a few spuds, brush them with oil and place them over the coals on a two-zone fire until they brown and crisp on all sides. From there, move the fries to the cool side of the grill and cover to finish cooking through, then sprinkle with a nice spice mixture to your liking and they're done.

Like any well-executed fries, you get a nice crunchy exterior paired with some fluffy insides, but with the added flavors that a little smoke and char from the grill brings to the party. I enjoyed all that goodness alongside a nice steak, getting the fries from grill to plate all during the meat's resting period.

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Grilled Potato Wedges

About This Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 large russet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into wedge about 1 inch thick
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of ancho or regular chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Type of fire: two-zone indirect
  • Grill heat: medium-high

Procedures

  1. 1

    Mix together the cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl and set aside.

  2. 2

    Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange the coals on one side of the charcoal grate for indirect cooking. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Brush the potatoes all over with olive oil and place over the hot side of the grill and cook until browned and crisp on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Move the potatoes to the cool side of the grill, cover, and continue to grill until cooked through, about 5 to 10 minutes longer.

  3. 3

    Remove the potatoes from the grill to a large bowl. Sprinkle with the spice mixture to taste and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

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