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Grill-Roasted Potatoes

Gourmet's Adventures with Ruth: Season One: Blackberry Farm

  • Active time:15 min
  • Start to finish:1 1/4 hr
Olive oil or butter is always tasty on smoky roasted potatoes, but here the rich, subtle tang of crème fraîche is enough to make you greedy. We generally make twice as many potatoes as we think we might need.
October 2009
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  • 6 oz salted dry-roasted macadamia nuts (1 1/2 cups)
  • 4 lbs small red potatoes (1 1/2 inches in diameter; about 50)
  • 1 cup 1 cup crème fraîche, well stirred
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

    chopped spring garlic or rosemary, or other herb
  • Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in middle.
  • Prepare a charcoal grill for indirect-heat cooking: Open vents on lid and bottom of grill. Light a large chimney starter full of hardwood charcoal. When coals are lit, dump them out onto half of bottom rack, leaving other half of rack free of charcoal.
  • When coals are hot (you can hold your hand 5 inches above grill rack directly over coals for 1 to 2 seconds), place potatoes on area of grill with no coals underneath and grill, covered, turning once, until potatoes are tender when pierced with tip of a knife, about 1 hour.
  • Transfer potatoes to a cutting board. Flatten each potato into a 3/4-inch-thick disk by pressing down using side of a large knife or bottom of a drinking glass. (Skins will split but potato should stay intact.)
  • Drizzle crème fraîche over potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Serve warm.