Thursday 5 June 2014

Barbecue potato dish

Potato dish, as any fule kno, is essential for an Australian-style barbecue. Much anticipated, and often unsuccessful (like most elements of an Australian barbecue...) it's basically a potato gratin cooked slowly in the oven, long before the meat hits the grill.

Or so I thought.

Then a couple of weeks ago, I had a pre-made supermarket potato gratin and a lovely rib of beef for our Sunday lunch, and decided to cook the whole lot in the barbecue. It was magnificent. The potatoes took on a delicious subtle smokiness and were meltingly tender.
First attempt, with supermarket potato gratin
So we decided to do it from scratch the following week. For the two of us, I used two medium baking potatoes, two cloves of garlic and 125ml of goats double cream, seasoned with a little salt, a lot of pepper and a grating of nutmeg. I layered it up in a little foil baking dish, and it merrily bubbled away on the barbecue (indirect heat, lid closed) for just under an hour, along with a chicken. Again, the potatoes were perfectly melting with a beautiful smoky flavour. This will definitely be our go-to method for potatoes, although next time I may use my wine and stock recipe - make it slightly lighter!
From scratch


Faux Fuchsia said...

want it NOW

Joanne said...

Total potato comfort!!

Jean | said...

Looks wonderful! I think a good potato dish is always worth the effort.

June Burns said...

Sounds delicious! Anything with bacon and potatoes has to be good. :)

leaf (the indolent cook) said...

I love the idea of cooking it on a barbecue. Up for a bit of delicious smokiness anytime!

Barbara said...

I confess.....I am a potato addict. This looks fabulous! Never have tried it on the grill. YUM!

grace said...

holy cow, that's some awesome potato porn! glorious!

Choclette said...

What a brilliant way to cook potatoes. It does seem rather pointless having a BQ and then using an oven to do half the cooking in. Your potatoes sound too too delicious.

Sonya said...

If it wasn't for the potato dish, I wouldn't turn up to barbecues.

Alicia Foodycat said...

FF - me too. Alas I have run out of potatoes!

Jo - it's a great way to do them.

Jean - thank you! They are worth taking a bit of care over.

June - definitely!

Leaf - I know some people who don't like smoky foods. I think they are crazy!

Barbara - we find having a kettle grill so versatile.

Grace - thanks!

Choclette - the goats cream is amazing stuff! So much flavour. Perfect with spuds!

Sonya - I am a sucker for a barbecued sausage, but mostly I'd rather have the potato dish too.


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