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pesto grilled potatoes

Potatoes get tossed in a basil pesto and grilled to perfection in these Pesto Grilled Potatoes! 
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Okay, now that we have that business taken care of…onto the food!  You guys, these potatoes are amazing.  Marc typically isn’t a fan of the potatoes I make which I make by simply dicing them up and roasting them in olive oil, garlic, some herbs, salt, and pepper.  Usually he just picks at them.  I usually drench them in ketchup.  But these pesto grilled potatoes are something to get excited about.  These we loved.

You start by grilling the potatoes in olive oil, salt and pepper, in a wire mesh grill pan.  This gets them all nice and soft, some with crispy edges with the smoky grill flavor.  Then they are tossed in a homemade pesto and ready to be eaten.  Easy peasy.  And did I mention they are SO GOOD?  They were the perfect side dish to grilled chicken (fun new recipe coming this week!) and corn on the cob.

You could certainly use store-bought pesto if you are short on time or don’t have an overflowing basil plant like mine right now.  My recipe for pesto makes more than needed for this recipe, but you can easily freeze pesto by pouring it into an ice cube tray, freezing, then once frozen pop out the pesto cubes and keep them frozen in a ziploc baggie.  Then you can simply thaw them out and have homemade pesto ready within seconds!

pesto grilled potatoes


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pesto grilled potatoes

Print Rate
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 -6 side dish servings


for the pesto:

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts or walnuts
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

for the potatoes:

  • 1 lb potatoes I used red potatoes, you could also use Yukon or fingerlings
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper


To make the pesto:

  • Add basil leaves, nuts, garlic, and cheese to food processor.
  • Pulse until finely diced.
  • Slowly add olive oil, and blend until almost smooth.
  • Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Set aside.

To make the potatoes:

  • Cut potatoes into wedges. You don't want them too thin or they'll burn but not too thick or they'll take a long time to cook.
  • Toss potatoes with olive oil and salt and pepper.
  • Grill over medium heat in a wire mesh grill pan until potatoes are cooked, about 20-25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
  • Be sure to watch potatoes closely, as they can burn quickly.
  • Once potatoes are cooked, remove from grill and transfer to bowl.
  • Add 3-4 tbsp of pesto, tossing to combine.
  • Serve immediately, or refrigerate until serving.
  • Enjoy!


This recipe will make more pesto than you will need for the potatoes. Pesto can easily be refrigerated for a couple of weeks or frozen for future use.
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  1. Oh yum! So funny that you mention Google Reader today. I thought I had you added to my Bloglovin’ but your posts never came up – this morning TWENTY posts from greens n chocolate popped up!! So bizarre 🙂 I hope they continue to show up on my feed!

  2. I made these tonight and they were a big hit with my family, including the picky 2 and 4 year old. I will definitely keep these in our regular grilling rotation!