Potatoes cooked in banana leaves. Steamy and served with melted Ementhaler cheese and onions. A fabulous way to grill potatoes.
I absolutely love this unique method of cooking potatoes. I learned this trick a few years ago from a Whole Foods grilling demonstration. After a sample of the finished product, I couldn’t get to the produce department fast enough to purchase banana leaves and potatoes. The only place I can find banana leaves right now is at H-Mart in Aurora, in the freezer department or you can order them from Amazon. I’ve included an affiliate link for your convenience.
Banana leaves are used as a kind of wrap in Thai cooking. Banana leaves not only look beautiful, but also lend a subtle aroma and taste when foods are cooked inside them. They can be used for grilling, baking, or steaming foods. While functioning as a wrapping material, they also lend a hint of flavor to your food that is very pleasant.
I usually reserve this method to cook potatoes for the grill. But during the winter months, baking in the oven works very well also.
A unique and delicious way to cook potatoes.
- 1 medium onion sliced
- 6 medium potatoes peeled sliced, preferably with a mandolin 1/4 inch thick
- 1 medium onion sliced 1/4 inch thick
- Salt and pepper
- 1/3 pound Ementhaler Cheese sliced or grated
- olive oil
- 1 banana leaf thawed if not fresh
Lay the banana leaf on a buttered baking sheet dull side up. Use the dull side to place the potatoes. Shiney side down. Sprayed the top of the banana leaf with Pam.
Using a mandolin, slice the potatoes 1/4 inch thick. Place potatoes in a sauce pan and cover with cold water. Add salt and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Simmer potatoes for 5 minutes. Drain and pat dry.
Scatter potatoes and onion on the leaf. Toss with a bit of olive oil. Generously add salt and pepper and top with grated or sliced Ementhaler Cheese.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Fold and make a packet with the leaf and secure with toothpicks or baking twine. Bake for 20 minutes. Or you can heat a grill and place banana leaves on heavy foil on grates. Turn the foil up a bit to support the banana leaves.
I served these potatoes with an easy and delicious Ultimate Grilled Shrimp recipe. A great little meal.
How bout them bananas – This meal really is so delicious. The texture and sweet flavor of the potatoes, the fresh flavor of the grilled shrimp. Throw in some tapioca pudding for dessert. Who needs summer.
Potatoes Cooked In Banana Leaves …It’s What’s For Dinner.