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Simple Summer Recipes: Hobo Potatoes and Caribbean Coleslaw

We’re finishing up our series on summer grilling today by cooking some potatoes, onions and peppers in the coals paired with a crisp and fresh coleslaw.

hobo potatoes in foil

Photo: Andrew Olanoff/WFIU

Hobo potatoes cook right in the coals of the grill, so you can ignore them while you cook other items on top of the grill.

Our previous two grilling episodes featured a lot of meat. So today, to please our vegetarian listeners, we’re grilling potatoes and veggies and pairing that with a Caribbean cole slaw.

Hobo Potatoes

This first dish cooks right in the coals of the grill, and you can essentially ignore it and let it cook on its own while you grill other items on top of the grill.


  • olive oil
  • 1 1/2-2 pounds of fingerling potatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 large Spanish onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 poblano pepper, roughly diced (remove seeds)
  • 4-5 scallions cut into 1/2” pieces
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • freshly ground pepper


  1. Par cook the potatoes. (Boil the potatoes until they are about 2/3 of the way cooked. Shock them in cold water. This process can be done a couple days in advance.)
  2. Add all ingredients to a bowl. Cover with olive oil and toss.
  3. Take three 1 1/2 foot long strips of aluminium foil. Overlap them to make one big square. Shiny side faces out.
  4. Spread out potatoes and other ingredients on the aluminium foil.
  5. Place one more long strip of aluminium foil overt op of veggies and roll the package into a tube shape.
  6. Place the veggie tube in the coals of the grill.
  7. No specific cooking time! Just keep them in the coals as you cook on top of the grill and remove them when you’re ready to serve all of the other food!

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Caribbean Coleslaw

While we let the Hobo Potatoes cook in the coals, we’ll prepare our salad: a spunky Caribbean coleslaw using fresh-picked red and white cabbage.

caribbean coleslaw in a bowl

Photo: Andrew Olanoff/WFIU

This Caribbean Coleslaw is not one of those heavy mayonnaise-based coleslaws, it's very light and a great choice for your next summer potluck.

Serves 6-8


  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted in a dry saute pan until lightly smoky
  • 1 tablespoon curry
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 jalapeno, minced
  • 1/2 head red cabbage, cut chiffonade (thin ribbons)
  • 1/2 head savoy cabbage, cut chiffonade (thin ribbons)
  • 2 large carrots, cut julienne (in thin strips)
  • 1 red onion, minced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, very roughly chopped, use stems, too
  • salt and cracked black pepper to taste


  1. Whisk honey, cider, lemon juice, cumin, curry, olive oil, and jalapeno together.
  2. Toss with cabbage, carrot, and onion and marinate for at least 2 hours.
  3. Just before serving, add cilantro and season to taste.

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    Wow I really want to grab it! They look so tasty!

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