Fingerling Potatoes and Crispy Kale in Foil Packets
The ultimate grilled potato side dish. Perfectly seasoned with caramelized shallots and garlic… and kale that comes out crispy!
Steam, Toss, Fold, Grill!
Preheat the grill to the high.
Scrub potatoes and steam in a basket with boiling water beneath, covered, for about 8 minutes (depending on size.) I have used 2 1/2″ lengths.
The potatoes should be mostly cooked through – give them a pinch, but still firm.
Remove from basket and place in the sink in a colander, run cold water over until cooled a bit.
Slice them in half lengthwise. Cut two sheets of heavy foil – 18″ x 16″ – place on a work surface. Add all cut potatoes evenly to foil sheets.
Add the rest of the ingredients over the potatoes on the 2 sheets:
kale, olive oil, salt, pepper, smoked paprika (if using), shallots, garlic and lemon rind.
With you hands blend all ingredients, coating all well.
Fold up packet to enclose all well into a 8″ x 10″ flat packet. At this point you can set aside, or refrigerate and grill later.
Cook on the grill until golden and crusty on the bottom of the foil – Yes, quickly open a packet to check.
Re-crimp, and turn over and cook on the second size until golden and crusty.
Unfold the foil and serve immediately. Taste for salt.
Drizzle with Balsamic Glaze** if desired.
2 slices of crisp bacon, or turkey bacon, crumbled.
In a small skillet, add 3T. balsamic vinegar, 2 t. coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar) and 3/4 t. minced garlic. Simmer over moderate heat until reduces by half to a glaze.
Drizzle over the cooked potatoes.
For a Smokey Flavor – Soak 3/4 cup wood chips in water for 1 hour, Drain, make a foil packet with chips inside, fold into a 4″ x 8″ rectangle. Puncture with holes. Place on hot coals or briquettes underneath the grates of the grill. Close the grill . Will start to smoke and add essence in 15 minutes.