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Grilled Jo Jos – The Potato You Didn’t Know You Needed

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A plate of grilled jo jos with a small bowl of ketchup and some chives. All of this is on some parchment paper.

If you don’t know what jo jos are, you are in for a potato treat. If you are familiar with them, you know just how delicious these potato treats are! They are a perfect side dish for hamburgers or really any grilling meal. Today we are diving deeper into our grilling series.  We are going to zero in on these potato favorites and make some grilled jo jos. Go Straight to the recipe.

What Are Jo Jos?

They are cooked potato wedges. That, really, is the sum of it. They are larger than french fries but are not a baked potato. Generally, they coated with flavorings or even breaded. I am sure some of the places I order them deep fry them, but I think of them more as a baked dish. So, when someone says they want to know what a jo jo is, tell them “baked, lightly floured and seasoned potato wedges.”

Jo Jos Give Me The Nostalgia Feels

We have a local pizza place called Duane’s House of Pizza. It is a cornerstone of local pizza and Fargo-Moorhead restaurant history. It opened up in 1959 and remains open today. They serve a killer thin crust pizza, but they also sell chicken and jo jo potatoes. My family would order Duane’s Pizza often enough and it was always a treat. While the pizza was certainly my favorite, they would always get some jo jos. I have fond memories of sitting around with my cousins, aunt, and uncle eating this food…. Communing over the almighty jo jo.

Initial Boil

For these potatoes, I like to give them the first cook in a pot of boiling water. The goal is not to cook the jo jos to completion, but to give them just a bit of a head start and add some moisture. At most, I boil the wedges for five minutes, but I will take a fork to test the potatoes. When I can somewhat easily penetrate the potato, but not too easy, I remove them. They should still be firm. We do NOT want them cooked all the way through and they should remain firm.

Jo Jo Seasoning

Don’t like any of the seasonings from my recipe? Remove it. Do you really like other seasonings that you think would taste good? Add it. I would recommend using this recipe the first time, but then tweaking it a bit to make it your own.

Additionally, I use a bowl to mix all of my ingredients, but it is a viable option to put all the stuff into a large freezer bag and shake it all up. It actually works a little better to do it that way, but I try not to produce extra waste and giving up my shake for this bake is one way I am doing that.

Grilling These Potatoes

This dish is in regular rotation at our house, but we only grill them in the warmer months. Since we have such a long Winter in North Dakota, it is always nice to be able to fire up that grill and cook outside. I can cook them alongside my burgers or steak, which makes this grilled jo jos recipe a Summertime treat. If I am cooking other food, I do need a bit of extra time at the beginning, as these take a while. However, they are also a little bit forgiving in terms of time at the end. If you have a non-direct cooking area (you should), cook them in that zone. This recipe can be translated to the oven fairly easily, but today we are only going to be talking about the grill.

Grilling Basket And Jo Jos

We have a Weber Vegetable Basket that we use for cooking this, but it could be done other ways. One method I have used before is to spray some tinfoil with Pam or other vegetable oil and then wrap the potatoes. The vegetable basket is nice, however, for this purpose. You may be asking what you are supposed to do with your vegetables. Just toss them in the garbage and then you will have plenty of room for your jo jos. I KID, I KID. Grilled veggies can be awesome.

potatoes cut into wedges before they are boiled or grilled. Just to show the approximate size of these bad boys.

Following the boil and right after I mixed all the seasonings in with the potato wedges.

Grilling the potato wedges in my Weber vegetable tray

finished servings of potatoes on some paper and served with a small glass bowl of ketchup

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A plate of grilled jo jos with a small bowl of ketchup and some chives. All of this is on some parchment paper.

Grilled Jo Jos – The Potato You Didn’t Know You Needed

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 40 Minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Jo Jos are a potato treat and these grilled jo jos should be on your menu. These are great tasting potatoes with a light breading that makes them taste like a million bucks.


Ingredients

  • 2 medium potatoes, cut each into 6 wedges
  • 2 Tablespoons of corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Bring pot of water to boil
  2. While water is heating, cut each potato into 6 wedges
  3. Add potatoes to water and boil for no more than 5 minutes. Test with fork at 3 minutes. Should still be firm and we do not want the potatoes to be soft. Remove before they get soft.
  4. Add potatoes and rest of ingredients to large bowl
  5. Mix
  6. Preheat Grill to 500
  7. Place in lightly oiled vegetable basket and cook over indirect heat
  8. Check for doneness at 15-30 minutes.
  9. SERVE

Keywords: Jo Jos

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