Side dishes on the grill: Alder plank grilled potatoes

For some time now, Joshua and I have wanted to experiment with wood planks on our grill. When we found this set of cedar and alder wood planks at Costco for $8, we decided it was about as frugal as grill planks would get -- aside from finding a place with wood we could cut ourselves! ;)

I still cringe a little at the idea of spending over a dollar for a basically disposable grilling accessory like a wood plank, but after making these grilled potatoes on one, I think it's definitely an okay splurge... and our home-cooked food is probably our favorite thing to splurge on! :)

Alder Plank Grilled Potatoes

Potatoes grilled on a wood plank? The package instructions suggested grilling potatoes, but gave no details or recipes. I searched for grilled potato recipes that used wood planks and couldn't find any.

I came up with this very simple (but VERY flavorful and tasty!) recipe for Alder Plank Grilled Potatoes using thinly sliced potatoes tossed with salt, pepper, garlic, basil, and oil. The basil and alder wood flavors go together perfectly, and the potatoes grill up tender inside but crisp around the edges. These grilled potatoes rival the best potato wedges!

Alder Plank Grilled Potatoes

I made this recipe for the first time while Joshua was away at work, and when he came home and tasted the potatoes I had grilled, he was amazed! I was just happy that something totally new to me had turned out so fabulous. :)

Chicken squash bake and grilled potatoes

I served the Alder Plank Grilled Potatoes with another recipe I created (from several years ago) -- Chicken Squash Bake. We are so blessed to enjoy such bounty!

I'm not sure why I feel so intimidated about trying new things, but I'm so glad I branched out and tried grilling these potatoes! :) I'll be tucking this recipe away for at-home date nights or when we're having guests. :)

Alder Plank Grilled Potatoes

Have you ever grilled with wood planks? Tell me about your experience! :) I've done these potatoes as well as cedar-planked salmon (recipe coming next week).


For a cheaper alternative to planks, try to America's Test Kitchen version. Make a foil 'boat', toss in a handful of soaked wood chips, place salmon (skin side down) right on top of the wood chips, season, and grill as usual. We prefer hickory wood chips, the $7 bag of wood chips is going to last us for ages.

Our only attempt at cedar planks resulting in fire, ruined salmon, and frozen pizza for dinner.

I have never used planks in grilling. But I never thought about them being used once. Ouch, they are pricey. I like the tip above about using the foil boats. These potatoes look wonderful! :)

...I made potatoes on the grill for the first time today, they turned out wonderfully! I didn't cook them on a plank though. I cut medium sized potatoes into two long slabs about 1/2 inch thick, (cutting a thin slice of skin off of the outsides of the slabs). I stacked the potatoes on a plate and microwaved them for 5 minutes to begin the softening. Then I tossed them in a large bowl with olive oil, salt, minced garlic, and dried rosemary. Put them on a medium grill for about five minutes on each side, then begin testing for doneness. This is going to be my new go-to steak accompaniement, it's as frugal as steak is expensive, and it cooked in almost the same amount of time as the steak, finishing up while the steak rested.

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