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Grilled Pesto Potatoes

I love walking out our back door to pick fresh herbs. One of the many joys of summer. Earlier this week, I went outside to grab some fresh basil to make crostini. Our basil plants were exploding, so I decided to pick a bunch and make pesto. I used the pesto to make Grilled Pesto Potatoes.

I love making these potatoes because they are easy to prepare, full of flavor, and go great with any meal. Josh fired up the grill while I made the pesto. I covered red potatoes in pesto and put them in a foil packet. I love using foil packets because there is no clean up!

Josh grilled the potatoes to perfection and we served them with a Watermelon Feta Salad and sweet corn. I just love summer!

If you have leftover pesto you can make a Parmesan Crusted Grilled Cheese Sandwich or Crispy Gnocchi with Basil Pesto. We love these pesto recipes!

Don’t heat up the house this weekend. Get out the grill and grill up some Grilled Pesto Potatoes! They are the perfect side dish to any summer meal.

Grilled Pesto Potatoes

Yield: Serves 2-3-as a side dish

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Grilled red potatoes with basil pesto. These simple potatoes are a great side dish to any meal.


To make the basil pesto:
2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano cheese
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup pine nuts
2 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

5 red potatoes, washed and cut into cubes
Cooking Spray
Aluminum Foil


1. Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor or blender and pulse until coarsely chopped. With the machine running, slowly add the olive oil and process until smooth. Add the cheese and pulse until combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

2. In a medium bowl, combine potatoes and pesto. Mix until potatoes are well covered. Spray a large piece of aluminum foil with cooking spray. Add the potatoes and wrap in a foil packet. Wrap another piece of foil around the packet so it is sturdy enough to grill.

3. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Place the potato packet on the grill. Cook for 15 minutes and then flip the packet. Cook for an additional 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender and slightly crisp. Carefully remove the potatoes from the packet and serve warm.

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79 Responses to “Grilled Pesto Potatoes”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 13, 2012 @ 3:44 am

    My husband would love these! Too bad we don’t have a grill!

  2. JulieD — July 13, 2012 @ 4:02 am

    I’m totally obsessed with pesto…these potatoes look so good, Maria!!

  3. Rosa — July 13, 2012 @ 4:22 am

    Mouthwatering! That is a perfect combination.



  4. Lynna H. — July 13, 2012 @ 4:54 am

    Oh yum! Loving the pesto and potato combo!

  5. Aninas Recipes — July 13, 2012 @ 5:00 am

    Hi, I would love to be able to pick herbs out of my garden. However I am left with store bought versions (also great I guess) and a loft apartment with no garden!! At least I have a great view over Johannesburg. Love this recipe, I would eat this as a meal on its own really – such a carb junky! Thanx for this!

  6. DessertForTwo — July 13, 2012 @ 7:45 am

    Ooooh! Delicious :)

  7. tina @ mylifeasamrs — July 13, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    oh my goodness, maria – these look incredible! I’m seeing these with eggs for breakfast… haha

  8. Jennifer — July 13, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    Yummy! These look good!

  9. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — July 13, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    These look delicious! I love pesto!!

  10. Angie @ Big Bear's Wife — July 13, 2012 @ 9:20 am

    Love the photos! Potatoes are one of my weaknesses, these look so good!

  11. Deborah — July 13, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    I’m potato addict – these look great!

  12. Jill — July 13, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    I just did some foil packet potatoes earlier this week. Love the idea of pesto!

  13. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — July 13, 2012 @ 10:12 am

    Nice Maria! This would go great with the chicken I’m making tonight!

  14. Amanda — July 13, 2012 @ 10:50 am

    This looks so good! We have potatoes in the garden for the first time this year, and are looking for recipes! I cant wait to make this!

  15. Cookbook Queen — July 13, 2012 @ 10:51 am

    These are beautiful!! Now I’m regretting not growing my own herbs…I have a feeling store bought won’t taste nearly as good!!

  16. Joanne — July 13, 2012 @ 11:03 am

    I made a pesto potato salad recently with taters that I had boiled but I’m thinking the smoky grill flavor would be infinitely better!

  17. These look awesome! I love potatoes, and my basil is having an awesome summer, so this is a perfect excuse to make a big batch of pesto!

  18. Laurie {Simply Scratch} — July 13, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    I.Love.Potatoes… and pesto! Only seems natural to put them together :)

  19. Rebecca — July 13, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    This looks heavenly! And paired with a watermelon feta salad?! Can I just start eating at your house?

  20. I love this so much!! Grilled potatoes are so good and with this pesto, they must be even better!

  21. Cassie — July 13, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

    We love grilled red potatoes, can’t wait to add pesto next time!

  22. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — July 13, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

    These would make me SO happy! I have an unhealthy obsession with potatoes.

  23. I love homemade pesto! I never would have thought to put them on grilled potatoes though, not sure why. Will have to try once my basil plant explodes!

  24. Riley — July 13, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

    I love pesto! This looks really simple and delicious!

  25. Lucy Lean — July 13, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

    I love grilling potatoes and will be using herbs de Provence for my Bastille dinner tomorrow night

  26. Marla Meridith — July 13, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

    I LOVE pesto!! Such a great way to use it on these potatoes :)
    Congrats on your Babble listing!

  27. Katie @ Blonde Ambition — July 13, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

    I’ve never thought of pesto on potatoes! Such a great idea! Sounds soo delicious.

  28. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — July 13, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

    I love potatoes with pesto – well, I love anything with pesto, basically :)

  29. Cathy @ Noble Pig — July 13, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

    Pesto + potatoes = crazy love. That is all.

  30. Erica — July 13, 2012 @ 8:33 pm

    mmmmmmmm. I made a pesto potato salad last summer and it was sooooo good! Any veggies + pesto= winning combo!

  31. Yum. Yum. Yum!

  32. susan — July 13, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

    I love this combo!

  33. kitchen essence — July 14, 2012 @ 4:21 am

    they look crisp on the outside and soft and a bit chewy interior.

  34. These just sound awesome! Love it!

  35. Bev @ Bev Cooks — July 14, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    Oh heeeeeeeck yeah, gurl. I just made a potato salad as well! The pesto on this has me weepy. Divine.

  36. Kerstin — July 14, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    Pesto makes everything better -yum!

  37. HeatherChristo — July 14, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

    what a perfect summer side dish Maria!

  38. Oooh, this sounds great! Grilled potatoes and pesto – yum!

  39. Meghan Swanson — July 15, 2012 @ 12:04 am

    I just made these and they were great, although I have to confess, I used premade pesto because I had it on hand. They turned out great, and I will definitely make my own pesto next time, following this recipe. Make sure to wrap up the potatoes really well; otherwise, it is a bit tricky to get them off the bbq.

  40. Carla @ Carlas Confections — July 15, 2012 @ 3:46 am

    Those look beautiful! Mmmm, love basil pesto!

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