As we all look to celebrate America’s birthday, many of us turn to the grill to serve our family and friends. so as the temperature outside gets hotter, we as a society apparently feel that is the perfect time to sweat even more by firing up the grill and cooking outside. I am just as guilty as I love to grill but rarely will you catch me out there in temperature where I need a coat. I would much rather grill during the summer even if preparing dinner does require another shower.
Colors have been a theme in our house this week. Little Miss Mixture loves food for holidays. I have been known to whip up random things last minute to get a smile from her. Take for instance my Cinco De Mayo Smoothie.
This year she has had her mind set to make a sweet for the holiday. After scouring several store for red and blue sprinkles, she finally agreed to be creative and use some colored sugars we already had at home.
As I look forward to her treat, I have been more focused on making sure real food is consumed.
One of the easiest ways to serve patriotic food on the 4th of July is fruit. Watermelon, Blueberries. Raspberries, strawberries all pair well with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or yogurt. Viola! Easy Red, White, & Blue
Another way to take advantage of great seasonal food is potatoes. Fingerlings can be found in most farmers markets right now in a variety of colors. Last weekend we bought a quart of Red, white, and blue potatoes. If you ask me they were really purple potatoes, but that is not what they are called even though they appear that color inside and out. As I was cutting them, I realized what a perfect recipe for this weeks patriotic holiday.
One meal a couple of years ago, I was grilling and wanted to simplify things so ya their than cooking inside and out, I tossed diced onions and potatoes into a small cast iron skillet. I drizzled some olive oil over the skillet and took it to the grill. The result one of my favorite ways to make potatoes.
Grilled Red, White, & Blue Potatoes
Fingerling Potatoes – enough to fill but still fit in your cast iron skillet allowing you to stir as needed. About 2-5 per person.
1/2 Red onion, diced
Fresh ground Pepper to taste
Heat grill to 400 -450 degrees. Add all items to cast iron skillet. Pour enough oil over potatoes and onions to moisten, but not fry the mixture on the grill. Place skillet on the grill. Stir potAtoes about every 10 minutes to ensure even browning as the potatoes cook. Dish is done when potatoes are nicely browned and softened, about 30-40 minutes. Remove from grill and be carefulness skillet will be very hot. I tend to use the pot handle cover as well as grill safe pot holder for high temperatures, so that I can hold the pot securely and move back to a flat surface for serving.
I use a 8 inch cast iron skillet.