Summer’s supper special offers simple side-dish stardom for outdoor chefs.
Warm weather brings savory scents of backyard barbecues and deck dinners. As neighbors dust off their grills and fire up barbecue coals to cook out, nearly everyone begins craving al fresco cooking and dining.
Nothing spells summer like an outdoor supper. Blackened fish, juicy char-broiled steaks and burgers, grilled pork chops, barbecued chicken and ribs, and scrumptious shish-kebobs tempt appetites. Even the most devoted couch potatoes are tempted to step outdoors, once the grills have been fired up.
If you are barbecuing tonight, why not cook up delicious baked potatoes at the same time? Save effort, and conserve energy, while keeping the kitchen and home cool, by preparing this favorite side dish outside.
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Here’s how to grill great baked potatoes.
Baked potatoes are simple to make on the backyard or patio grill. First, scrub each potato well with a vegetable brush. Brand-new dish scrubbers or manicure nail brushes are ideal for this purpose. Just be sure to keep these food-dedicated tools in the kitchen, so they do not become sullied by other uses.
Pierce each potato a few times with a fork. Wrap each spud individually in aluminum foil. Double-wrapping is ideal for grilling, unless heavy-duty foil is used.
Place each foil-wrapped potato directly on the grill rack, and cook it until the pulp inside is soft and tender. Test this by poking each potato with the grilling fork. On most grills, a baked potato will take anywhere from 30-60 minutes, depending upon the heat level used.
The aluminum foil will become dark and tarnished on the grill, so it should be removed from each baked potato immediately before serving.
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Baked potatoes are extra appealing with plenty of butter or margarine and a scoop of sour cream. Some folks prefer to load them up with bacon, chives, and shredded cheese. However you serve them, grill-baked potatoes are an ideal addition to a summer barbecue, cookout, picnic, or tailgate party.
Re-wrap any leftover grill-baked potatoes in clean aluminum foil, and refrigerate them until reheating and reserving.