Grilled Potatoes and Broccoli Packets

I find that I tend to only post the “special” recipes that I make here on my blog… When I make something simple and easy for dinner, I often think that it’s not “blog worthy” and skip over it.

While I don’t think anyone wants to read about it every time I make grilled chicken or a salad, I do think there is some interest in simple and tasty meal ideas.  After all, I can’t imagine that everyone has time to make a fancy, gourmet meal every night of the week. I sure don’t!

So, since we’ve been talking about grilling all week (due to a certain grill giveaway…), I thought I’d share with you some simple ways to cook vegetables on the grill. I’ve been in a “simple cooking” kind of mood this week, and cooking on the grill is a great way to make simple food that tastes great. Last night for dinner, we had grilled chicken salads (with lots of fresh veggies from our first CSA share of the year!), and I grilled up some extra chicken so that I would have leftovers to make panini tonight.  I always have to have some veggies with dinner, though (my mom would be proud), so I decided to cook some potatoes and broccoli, as well.

I knew that I wanted to grill the potatoes, because I love the smoky flavor that the grill adds.  I had planned to steam the broccoli, but as I was getting the potatoes on the grill, it occurred to me that the broccoli would cook well in foil packets and I wouldn’t have to wash my steamer set (my real motivation)! Both dishes were super easy and tasted great… If you’re grilling up steaks, chicken, or burgers (or really anything else), why not give these a try and cook your entire meal outside?

Grilled Potatoes

  • 1 pound fingerling potatoes (or red potatoes), cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 onion, cut into chunks
  • 1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Spicy dried pepper seasoning blend (I like Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy)
  • Kosher salt
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • Freshly parsley, chopped (about 1/2 tablespoon)

Toss the potatoes and onion together with the olive oil.  Add a dash or two of the pepper seasoning blend, depending on how spicy you like your potatoes, and season with a little bit of salt. Cook in a grill pan or grill basket over medium heat until the potatoes are fork tender and charred a bit on the outsides.

Transfer to a serving dish, squeeze the lemon juice over the potatoes, and garnish with chopped parsley.

Broccoli Packets

  • 2 cups (approx) broccoli florets
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Kosher salt

Arrange the broccoli on two squares of aluminum foil. Sprinkle with lemon juice, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Wrap the foil around the broccoli to make a packet. Grill over medium heat until the broccoli is tender, flipping once.

There’s still time to enter the grill giveaway!

Don’t forget that you still have plenty of time to enter my grill giveaway! Check out my recipe for burgers for all of the details.  And, don’t forget to stop back for tomorrow’s Friday Favorites for another opportunity to enter the giveaway!

17 Responses to Grilled Potatoes and Broccoli Packets

  1. Brit says:

    These look absolutely fantastic! I’ve had potatoes on the grill, but they’ve always been sliced thin and just get soggy. This is the perfect way to make them!

  2. Eliana says:

    These veggies look absolutely perfect. I love blog posts about everyday food, especially everyday food that looks so beautiful.

  3. Juliana says:

    Wow, what a nice way to serve vegetables, they look so tasty…

  4. The potatoes and broccoli look amazing and I love your photos! I might have to get a grilling basket just to make them like this, and I grill all sort of veggies like you did your broccoli. It is one of my favorite things to eat when I go camping (aside from s’mores of course)! :)

  5. Mags says:

    Any time hubby can take the cooking out of the kitchen and on to the grill, I say heck yeah!

    I love cooking in packets too.

  6. Veggies! You know I hate ’em but that broccoli looks appetizing. Now if you just come over and prepare it for me each night, maybe I’ll eat it!

  7. maria says:

    We love making grilled veggie packets. One of my favorite summer meals!

  8. Becky O. says:

    I am in a simple kind of mode right now too. I really need to try those broccoli packets. They look absolutely delicious. Thanks.

  9. Kathryn says:

    It always tries my patience to wait for the potatoes to get crusty and delicious in the oven. How long does it take on the grill? I’m all about quick meals on weeknights and especially on Fridays!

  10. Kathryn – It only took about 25-30 minutes on the grill. Put them on the grill first while you prep the rest of dinner, and they’ll be ready before you know it!

  11. Tracey says:

    I have that same grill pan Jen! I just used it for the first time yesterday for veggies and it worked so well. I’ve never thought to use potatoes so thanks for the idea!

  12. The potatoes sound so flavorful and delicious on the grill and I just love the idea of grilling the brocolli in the foil packets! Excellent side dishes!

  13. I just love grilled vegetables. Your recipes for these two side dishes are going to find their way to my grill this summer.

  14. We are obsessed with grilling vegetables and fingerling potatoes–great job jen. And I suspectthat all of your meals are blog worthy.

  15. What a GREAT simple weeknight recipe Jen – totally blog worthy!!

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  17. James f says:

    The brocelli looks amazing!!! How long should a packet take to cook?



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