Cedar Planked Potatoes with Rosemary
Recently, I’ve been experimenting with planking and this recipe is one I knew couldn’t fail. You just can’t go wrong with potatoes, herbs and the fantastic aroma of cedar gently lingering in the background. I used baby klondike potatoes for this, but baby reds or fingerlings like a Russian Banana would also work great. I don’t like them to get too big, because I want to get as many on a plank as possible and I want that cedar to fully penetrate the flesh.
- Baby Klondike Potatoes (how ever many you feel like planking’)
- Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper
- Cedar Planks (soaked in water for at least an hour)
- Set up your grill for two cooking zones: direct and indirect. Pre-heat to medium high, or about 400°.
- Halve the potatoes and coat with olive oil, salt, and pepper. As an option, you can throw in some fresh garlic as well.
- Give your pre-soaked cedar planks a good char on one side over the direct heat portion of the grill. You should hear them sizzle when you throw ‘em down. If they catch fire, remove them with tongs and blow out the flames. You basically just want some nice grill marks on the underside. When you feel you’ve got an adequate char, remove the planks from the grill.
- With the grilled side of your planks facing up, take some rosemary sprigs and rest them on the planks. Then, place the potatoes cut side down on top of the rosemary. I like to have each potato be about half on rosemary and half on cedar.
- Return your planks to the indirect side of the grill. Roast potatoes until tender. I like the temp between 400° and 450°, but I usually stick to 400° because I want those babies to get some time on that cedar. I tend to roast them for about 30-40 minutes.
After I pulled the planks off, I tossed the warm potatoes in a roasted garlic compound butter. If you don’t have a compound butter on hand, but you love garlic, simply add some freshly minced garlic in step two.
What I love about this dish is both its simplicity and its rustic feel. You can serve the potatoes right on the cedar to add to the experience.
I will warn you, though, planking can get addicting. Once you’ve experienced a successful dish, your mind will begin racing with all the possibilities!