This fun twist on the traditional mashed potato recipe will have you wondering why you haven't always made your mashed potatoes this way. When you place the potatoes on the grill, you are enhancing the unique flavors you could never get by making this dish with the traditional method. Try our Buttermilk Mashed Grilled Potatoes today!
Scrub potatoes thoroughly with a brush; pat dry. Prick potatoes with a fork. Rub potatoes evenly with oil.
For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around a drip pan. Test for medium heat above pan. Place potatoes on grill rack over pan. Cover and grill for 50 to 60 minutes or until potatoes are tender. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust for indirect cooking. Place potatoes on grill rack over the burner that is turned off. Grill as directed.)
Just before potatoes are done, in a small saucepan combine buttermilk, butter, salt, and pepper. Heat over low heat until warm, stirring frequently (do not boil).
When potatoes are done, remove from grill and cool slightly. If desired, peel potatoes. Transfer potatoes to a large mixing bowl; mash with a potato masher or beat with an electric mixer on low speed. Gradually add warm buttermilk mixture, mashing or beating until smooth.
Transfer to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with snipped fresh chives, if desired.