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Grilled Potatoes with Aioli

Yield: 12 appetizer servings or 6 side servings Prep 25 mins Grill 16 mins


  • 2 medium garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 2 slices firm white bread, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 cup  mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon  fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon  minced shallot
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon  ground red pepper
  • Pinch saffron threads
  • 3 tablespoons  water
  • 1 pound  small Yukon gold potatoes, halved
  • 1 pound  small red potatoes (or 1/2 pound each red potatoes and purple potatoes), halved
  • 1 tablespoon  olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon  freshly ground pepper
  • Metal skewers ( or wooden skewers soaked in water 30 minutes)
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
  • Metal skewers (or wooden skewers soaked in water 30 minutes)


Make aioli::

1. Heat skillet over medium heat; add garlic and toast 15 to 18 minutes, turning, until skin is charred in spots and garlic feels soft when pressed with a finger. Cool.

2. Gently squeeze garlic cloves from skins; transfer to food processor. Add bread, mayonnaise, lemon juice, shallot, 1/4 teaspoon salt, red pepper and saffron, and puree, gradually adding water through feed tube until smooth. Transfer to small serving bowl.

3. Meanwhile, prepare grill according to manufacturer's directions for direct grilling.

4. Bring potatoes and enough cold salted water to cover to a boil in large saucepan. Cook 5 to 6 minutes, until potatoes are just tender; drain in colander and cool.

5. Gently toss potatoes with oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl. Skewer 4 to 6 potatoes on 6 skewers.

6. Oil grill. Grill potatoes, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, 16 to 18 minutes. Slide potatoes off skewers onto serving platter. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired. Serve with aioli. Makes 12 appetizer servings or 6 side servings.

Make Ahead Tip

  • Prepare aioli as directed above. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours.

Nutrition Facts

  • cal.(kcal)150,
  • Fat, total(g)9,
  • chol.(mg)5,
  • sat. fat(g)2,
  • carb.(g)16,
  • fiber(g)1,
  • pro.(g)2,
  • sodium(mg)226,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet