Prep 30 mins
Cook 15 mins
For gas grill: Turn burners to high, cover, and heat grill until very hot, about 15 minutes. Scrape grill clean and brush grate with oil before grilling potatoes. For charcoal grill: light large chimney starter with about 100 briquets (6 qts.) and allow to burn until coals are fully ignited and covered with thin layer of ash, about 20 minutes. Empty coals into grill; build 2 leverl fire by arranging 2/3 of coals over half of grill and arranging remaining coals in single layer over other half. Position cooking grate over coals, cover grill, and heat grate until hot, about 5 minutes, scrape grate clean. Remove lid and let coals burn until fire on hotter part of grill is medium (you can hold your hand 5" above grate for 5-6 seconds), about 10 minutes. Dip wad of paper towels in vegetable oil; holding wad with tongs, wipe cooking grate.
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 9 medium garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaf
- kosher salt
- 2 lbs small red potatoes, scrubbed, halved, and skewered according to illustratioin at left (about 18)
- ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
- Heat olive oil, garlic, rosemary, and 1/2 teaspoons salt in small skillet over medium heat until sizzling, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium low and continue to cook until garlic is light blond, about 3 minutes. Pour mixture through fine mesh sieve into small bowl; press on solids. Measure 1 tbsp of solids and 1 tbsp oil into large bowl and set aside. Discard remaining solids but reserve remaining oil.
- Place skewered potatoes in single layer on large microwave-safe plate and poke each potatoe several times with skewer. Brush with 1 tablespoons strained oil and season liberally with salt. Microwave on high power until potatoes offer slight resistance when pierced with tip of paring knife, about 8 minutes, turning them halfway through cooking time. Transfer potatoes to baking sheet coated with 1 tablespoons strained oil. Brush with remaining tbsp strained oil; season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Place potatoes on hotter side of grill. Cook turining once, until grill marks appear, about 4 minutes. Move potatoes to cooler side of grill, cover with 9x13" disposable aluminum pan and continue to cook until paring knife slips in and out of potatoes easily, 5-8 minutes longer.
- Remove potatoes from skewers and transfer to bowl with reserved garlic/oil mixture; add chives and toss until thoroughly coated. Serve immediately.
Saw this recipe in Cook's Illustrated last summer and made it several times using a gas grill. We thought it was delicious and our guests raved over it. We should have made more because the dish was quickly devoured. This recipe is definitely a keeper and one I am looking forward to making again several times this summer. I served it once with my Grilled Chicken With Cilantro Marinade, but am going to try it this week with grilled rosemary lamb chops. Thanks for posting.