Sunday, July 17, 2016

Grilled Carrots with Redskin Potatoes for #FoodnFlix

Our movie choice for Food n Flix this month is Popeye, starring Robin Williams and Shelly Duvall.  I was happy with this choice made by Elizabeth of  The Lawyer's Cookbook, formerly The Law Student's Cookbook :), which gives a hint to how long she has been blogging. This is Elizabeth's invitation post and you still have time to join us if you'd like.

It had been years since I saw this movie.  It was fun and a little bittersweet seeing Robin Williams so young with his life yet ahead of him.  He did a great job as Popeye and Shelly Duvall was perfect as Olive Oyl.  I thought the entire crew was well casted. It is a goofy, spoofy movie just like the cartoon. It is a musical which I always enjoy.  

Now, I am sure you are imagining that I am going to make something with spinach.  I would have thought so as well, especially since I love spinach.  But you know who doesn't like spinach?  Popeye. At least not in the beginning of the movie.  What Popeye does like is carrots and when he first arrives in town he goes to the vendor to buy some.  The vendor tries his darndest to convince Popeye to get broccoli or brussels sprouts or even spinach but Popeye only has eyes for the carrots.

Popeye takes his carrots and heads out to find a room.  The townsfolk do not take kindly to strangers but he finally finds an opening at the Oyl's house.  There he meets Olive, Wimpy and Bluto to whom Olive is engaged, and the fun begins.  It's not a bad way to spend an evening especially if you have fond memories of the cartoon.

I cleaned the carrots leaving a little of the stem intact.  These were young, fresh carrots that I had gotten from the farmer's market so I didn't bother scraping them.  A good scrub and a toss with olive oil, salt and pepper was all they needed.

I had planned to serve a rice pilaf as the starch with our dinner the night I made these carrots but then changed my mind and tosssed some red skin potatoes into the carrot mixture.

I dumped the entire conglomeration into a grill pan and let them cook until tender with some browning.  It was a dish that Popeye would have loved, unless he was trying to find a spot at the Oyl's table where the food disappears faster than a person can find a chair and take a seat.

Grilled Carrots with Redskin Potatoes

1 bunch young carrots, scrubbed and most of the tops removed
4-5 Redskin potatoes, cleaned and halved or quartered depending on size
3 T. olive oil
Kosher salt to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl.  Transfer to a grill pan set over a grill that has been preheated to high heat.  Close the lid and let roast, tossing every few minutes, until tender and golden in spots, about 15 minutes.  Print Recipe


  1. I love grilled carrots! Cooking them like that just seems to bring out all the flavor.

  2. I didn't know that Popeye didn't like spinach in the beginning. I love carrots. Harley doesn't. I keep making her taste them hoping she will learn to love them....LOL! Not yet!!

  3. These look delicious and I applaud that you through in those potatoes. My post is going up in a few days.

    1. Thanks Debra. Looking forward to reading your post Debra.

  4. Yum! This salad looks delicious! And perfect for the movie too!

  5. I hoped somebody would feature carrots since those were really the first food we see Popeye want in this movie! This sounds delicious, love what grilling does for any veggie. :)

  6. These look fabulous, Wendy! I thought about carrots, too, but HAD to make something with spinach.

    1. I knew I was sharing a spinach pie recipe for Corelli's Mandolin the next day and didn't want to do two spinach recipes back to back.

  7. I also stayed away mostly from spinach and came close to going with carrots lol. Nice dish and great choice on opting for the potatoes!

  8. Going with carrots was a great idea--I love the red potatoes and the roasting too. It looks so delicious! ;-)


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