Sunday, June 22, 2014

Twice Baked Potatoes with Leeks-Smoked on the Grill

Let me just say upfront... Oh Momma! These Twice Baked Potatoes with Leeks Smoked on the Grill were amazing! Growing up G-Mom-B made twice baked potatoes every Christmas so they're kinda special to me. As soon as I saw the recipe using leeks ~one of my New Foods to Me~ I had to make them. My twist was baking them on the grill with a handful of wood chips to add some smoky flavor... That turned out to be a very good idea folks:@)
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G-Mom-B would sprinkle the top with paprika, but I know she'd love the Lawry's Chile and Garlic Salt I used... 
I still say that salt is the best thing that's happened to potatoes since eggs!
If you don't have leeks just use finely chopped sweet onions, and you know where I'm going with the bacon label below... I'd saute the onion in bacon fat just to bump up the flavor even more. Stop by Olla-Podrida to see Pattie's recipe using Fontina cheese and for oven directions.

Twice Baked Potatoes with Leeks Smoked on the Grill-adapted from Olla-Podrida
  1. Wash and dry russet potatoes, prick a few times with a knife and bake at 400 degrees for one hour. I used my little counter top oven.
  2. Remove from oven and carefully slice in half lengthwise, scoop out the insides leaving a thin layer in the shell.
  3. Mash the potatoes with some milk, butter and S&P.
  4. Plan on one large leek per 4 potatoes (add more or less, it's up to you but I'd lean towards more...) Using only the white and light green part of the leek, slice into 1/4" rings, separate the rings and rinse well. Dry them and saute in some butter for about 5 minutes. You don't want them to get brown, just soft. 
  5. Stir the leeks into the mashed potatoes and fill the shells. Top with paprika or seasoned salt or chipotle powder.
  6. Add a handful of wood chips to your preheated grill. I put some hickory on tin foil and laid it under the grate of my gas grill. 
  7. Put potatoes on a cast iron skillet, place on grill over indirect heat, cover grill and bake at med/high for about 30 minutes. You'll see lots of smoke... that's a good thing here.
  8. Serve with grilled steaks and love life!
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

My New Foods List:
(If my sons happen to read this... relax! I still promise fairly "normal" Sunday dinners...)
hominy ~ artichokes ~ fish sauce (I'm scared) ~ leeks ~ almond paste ~ oyster sauce (scared again) ~ gorgonzola ~ dates ~ brisket ~ parsnips ~ adobo ~ meringue powder ~ fennel ~ goat cheese (I'm told to be scared) ~ souffle ~ red velvet anything ~ curry ~ capers ~ chow chow ~ pot stickers ~pho ~ ponzu sauce ~ fondant ~ fire roasted tomatoes ~ Gruyere ~ Quinoa ~ Tetrazzini any kind ~ Divinity ~ Meyer lemon ~ lemon curd ~ shallots ~turkey tenderloin and Chipotle Powder ~ Smoked Turkey Sausage

I'm Joining:


  1. Twice baked potatoes are a family favorite and topping them with leeks would only make it more special. Great idea Lynn.

  2. so baked potatoes on the grill ~ it is tonight! I can't wait!

  3. I will take your advice Lynn, and serve these with steak and love life! Funny that I went for my blood work and annual checkup and my female doctor said, "you know, you could eat some beef once in a while". LOL

  4. Yum! My mom made twice baked potatoes every year for Christmas as special dinners. Everyone loved them but these sound even more wonderful with the smokey flavor.

  5. As soon as I can introduce spuds back into my diet, I am so making these! Yum! Love crispy leeks on top of a burger. :-). xo

  6. Yum, I can't wait to try that seasoning! AND never thought to put twice baked on the grill, what a great idea for some smokey flavor!

  7. Well, I don't have leeks but I do have little green onions, so I'm going to try doing these tonight. They look scrumptious, Lynn...of course, EVERYTHING you make looks scrumptious to me (sans the hot peppers!) LOL

    Thanks for the idea...DH will thank you, too, I'm sure.

  8. I LOVE twice baked potatoes and I used to make them every Christmas Eve. These look especially delicious and of course I know all about the Chile and Garlic seasoning. I just sprinkled some on my fresh cooked green beans for dinner tonight.
    Hope you had a good weekend, Lynn. It was in the 70's here today...what a delight!!!

  9. Lynn, I have a potato-tooth rather than a sweet-tooth! What a great idea to do them on the grill too and add a little smoky flavor!

  10. Only one word for this, YUMMY!
    (((HUGS))) Susanne :)

  11. Oh, boy....I do love twice baked potatoes and yours sound amazing...a must try for sure.

  12. Hi Lynn,
    This would be a great side for any meal. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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