Grilled Potatoes and Carrots with Herb & Feta Pesto

Grilled Potatoes and Carrots with Herb & Feta Pesto | A Couple Cooks

Sometimes the best meals are born of chance. We needed a side dish for our grilled portabello mushrooms at a recent cookout, so Alex spontaneously invented these grilled veg with herb pesto. He grabbed handfuls of assorted herbs from our garden and mixed them with some feta and olive oil to create a zesty pesto, which he served with sweet carrots and potatoes hot off the grill.

And goodness, these were good. Like lick-the-plate type of good.

So good that we decided the next day we had to share the recipe with you. We’ve been grilling up these vegetables ever since, as summer has us stuck in a grill rut. You can likely find many of the components for this recipe at your local farmer’s market.

And have you been growing herbs this season? We were happy to find a new way to put them to use with this pesto, which you could use in so many ways: sandwiches, pasta, fish, etc. The exact herb combination shouldn’t matter either – you can just use what you have on hand.

Happy grilling season!

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Grilled Potatoes and Carrots


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 4 to 6

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 pounds small potatoes (mix of purple, yellow and red)
  • 2 bunches small carrots (enough for 3 per serving)
  • Grapeseed oil or vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Heat a grill to medium high.
  2. Fill a large pot with water and add about 2 tablespoons kosher salt; bring to a boil. Wash the potatoes and carrots, removing the carrot tops as necessary. If desired, tie the carrots together with string to allow for easy removal from the boiling water.
  3. Boil the carrots and potatoes until fork tender, about 10 minutes for the carrots and 25 minutes for the potatoes.
  4. Place the vegetables on a tray and lightly brush with grapeseed or vegetable oil. Sprinkle liberally with kosher salt (much of the salt will fall off on the grill).
  5. Grill for about 5-8 minutes per side, until slightly charred.

 

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Herb & Feta Pesto


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 1/2 cup pesto

Ingredients

  • 1 cup herbs of any type (we used thyme, oregano, rosemary, basil, and chives)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ cup feta cheese crumbles
  • ¼ cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Remove the thick stems from the herbs (thin stems such as thyme are acceptable).
  2. Place the garlic clove in the food processor and process for a few seconds to mince. Add the remaining ingredients and process for about 2 minutes until smooth and fluffy.

 

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious.

15 Comments

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    Kathryn
    July 16, 2014 at 6:24 am

    Gosh, this sounds so incredibly delicious. It’s pretty much all of my favourite (savoury) foods all combined into one grilling extravaganza. This herby-feta pesto is getting made asap.

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough
    July 16, 2014 at 8:19 am

    I kind of want to make like a gallon of that pesto and eat it with a spoon (or with these yummy-looking veggies, obvi). Too much? ;)

  • Reply
    Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies
    July 16, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Feta in pesto? I’m in! Sounds like something I’d “accidentally” eat a whole bowl of

  • Reply
    Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasy
    July 16, 2014 at 10:26 am

    You had me at herb and feta pesto!

  • Reply
    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    July 16, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Oh my goodness, that pesto! And I don’t see grilled carrots in the summer very often. Love it!

  • Reply
    Amy @ Parsley In My Teeth
    July 16, 2014 at 11:59 am

    What a beautiful summer dish, and the pesto sounds delish!

  • Reply
    jenna @ just j.faye
    July 16, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    This pesto sounds amazing! I need to heat up the grill and get out the food processor!

  • Reply
    Charlie
    July 17, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Having a party (my 60th birthday) in the backyard this weekend, this is happening!

  • Reply
    Charlie
    July 17, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Just made some – it’s good!

    • Reply
      Alex
      July 17, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Awesome! Happy birthday

  • Reply
    Carrie Pacini
    July 19, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I LOVE meals that are born out of chance. It all looks great!

  • Reply
    Kim
    July 22, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Yum, this looks great! I’m going to try the herb and feta pesto :-)

  • Reply
    Ana
    July 25, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I have all of the ingredients to make this tonight at home ! Thank for the inspiration!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      July 25, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      Perfect! Hope you enjoy it!

  • Reply
    Dagný Björg from Feel Inspired Blog
    August 20, 2014 at 6:23 am

    Looks delish!

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