Saturday, May 31, 2014

Grilled Red Potatoes & Green Beans

Nothing screams summer to me quite like firing up the grill, eating outside on the picnic table and listening to to the kids chase each other around the yard. Now, don't get me wrong, I'll grill pretty much any time of year, even when there is snow on the ground. But there is something about that summer sun, the appearance of lightning bugs, and the smells of the grill while drinking an ice cold root beer that lets me know that summer has officially arrived.
Every year when we start grilling out pretty frequently, I'm always trying to find ways to grill my favorite foods instead of turning on the oven and heating up the house. And one of those favorite foods is taters and green beans. I love to roast them and have with some roasted turkey or pot roast. But in the summer time, I like to take it outside and save a bit on my electric bill while I'm at it. And let's face it, grilled food takes your usual recipes to a whole 'nutha level of flavor. I was so fortunate to recently get my hands on some amazingly tender and buttery red potatoes from Black Gold Farms. My friend Brenda from A Farm Girl's Dabbles has been working with Black Gold Farms and Better with Reds for some time and she has learned so much about this family-owned company and come up with some amazing recipes that showcase these American-grown taters. 
Do you cook much with red potatoes? They are a truly versatile veggie. You can take practically any potato recipe and switch it out with red potatoes. They have such a buttery texture.  Black Gold Farms (right here in the USA!) is a multi-generational, family owned organization that has been in business more than 80 years! They are now a global potato production, sales and service company, as well as an industry leader that ships more than 500 million pounds of potatoes each year that get made into potato chips or fresh red potatoes that end up on your plate.
They recently teamed up with McCormick seasonings to create these all-in-one roasted packs (also called "Roasties") . You get the red potatoes along with a seasoning pack and all you have to do is rinse the potatoes, cube them, then season with the included packet and then bake (or grill!). I {big puffy heart} love convenient packaging like this. You don't have to think if you are missing any seasonings at home and if you have everything. It's all right there for you!
Black Gold Farms and #BetterWithReds put together a super fun giveaway, hosted by Brenda at A Farm Girl's Dabbles, to kick off summer and celebrate #SummerFood. You could win a 3 pound bag of red potatoes from Black Gold Farms, 3 packages of fresh potato "Roasties" and a $500 gift card to Omaha Steaks. Now come on, what is better than steak and taters? Mmmm. Just head on down to the Rafflecopter entry box at the end of this post to enter to win. AND, learn how you can win more prizes at a fun Twitter party on June 4th (details below!)
So now let's get to this recipe. Creamy potatoes and fresh green beans combined with seasonings and shallots and garlic and butter. Oh good!
2 cups red potatoes, unpeeled, quartered
1 1/2 cups fresh green beans (ends trimmed)
2 tbsp. olive oil (divided use)
2 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning
2 tbsp. diced shallot (or sweet onion)
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 tbsp. butter
salt & pepper, to taste
Preheat gas or charcoal grill. 
In a bowl, combine one tablespoon of the olive oil with the red potatoes.
Season with one teaspoon of lemon pepper seasoning and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. 
Stir to make sure all the potatoes are evenly coated.
Line a grill pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray (or use nonstick foil). The reason why you want to do this is later we will be adding butter and if butter drips into the grill, it can cause flare ups and you don't want to burn your potatoes. I forgot to add the foil in for these photos but it is an important step. You DO NOT need a grill pan for this. You can use a disposable aluminum pan or even heavy duty aluminum foil. Just make sure you also spray it with nonstick cooking spray just to make sure there is no sticking. 

 Place potatoes in a grill pan in a single layer. 
Place pan on grill. Grill should be on a medium heat setting (about 350F-400F degrees.) Cover grill and cook potatoes for 12-15 minutes, making sure to occasionally stir the potatoes for even cooking. 
Meanwhile, combine green beans with one tbsp. of olive oil, slices of butter, one tsp. of lemon pepper seasoning, diced shallots and minced garlic with a sprinkling of salt & pepper. Stir well.
Add green beans to grill basket and stir gently. 
Cook for about 8-10 minutes longer (until potatoes and green beans are tender.)
Then dig in! A taste of summer right here! I love to serve this with some grilled chicken too.

Cook's Notes: To make in the oven,  preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Add the potatoes to a bowl and toss with ½ the olive oil and lemon pepper seasoning. Roast in pan (lined with nonstick aluminum foil) for 15 minutes. Add the green beans, garlic, shallots to same bowl and toss with remaining olive oil and lemon pepper. Add to the baking sheet with the potatoes.  Roast together for 10 minutes. Melt the butter and coat the roasted vegetables with the butter mixture and serve.
Want to learn more?

Want more ways to win and chat about more recipe ideas? Join me along with A Farm Girl's Dabbles and several of your other favorite food bloggers as we have a #BetterWithReds Twitter party on June 4th at 9pm EST! There will be some potato "swag" up for grabs along with some gift cards to Sur La Table and Amazon! So mark your calendars! I can't wait to chat with you!
This side dish would go great with these Marinated Chicken Skewers!

Disclosure: This is a Better with Reds sponsored post but all opinions stated are mine. 


Debbie Caraballo said...

Hi Brandie! I've always loved red taters and green beans together. This looks so good! And thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

morchella said...

Love red potatoes and I love green beans. So yummy together.

Barbara said...

That looks like a great dish. I'll have to my eye out for a sale on one of those grill baskets.

Brandie Skibinski said...

Barbara, I found that one at Lowe's. It was $9.99. :)

Alice // Hip Foodie Mom said...

Love these grilled red potatoes and green beans!!! what a fabulous summer dish! Pinning!!! so happy to be here today with you guys for Better With Reds. . here's to great summer eats!

Macaroni and Cheesecake said...

What a fabulous side dish! It looks so elegant! I am definitely going to have to get me one of those grill pans!

Brandie Skibinski said...

So sweet - thanks so much! I hope you love it!

Kim Honeycutt said...

Thanks again for another delicious recipe and for the chance to win. Pinning it!!