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Roasted Salt and Vinegar Potatoes

Meet the most delicious Roasted Salt and Vinegar Potatoes ever. They are so smooth and creamy on the inside, but perfectly crisp and even a little crunchy on the outside. They have a little tang from malt vinegar and just the right amount of saltiness. What’s perfect about these Roasted Salt and Vinegar Potatoes is the salt flavors the entire potato, not just the exterior.

Roasted Salt and Vinegar Potatoes

The potatoes are first boiled in  HIGHLY salted water.I’m talking one and a quarter cups of salt mixed with two quarts of water saltiness.

Roasted Salt and Vinegar Potatoes

I know that seems like a crazy amount of salt, but trust me and the people at Cook’s Country who came up with this recipe. It is just the right amount.

After they are boiled until tender, the potatoes are set on a rack to air dry and then placed on a baking sheet that has been liberally coated with olive oil. They are then smashed, brushed with malt vinegar, seasoned with pepper and placed in a 500 degree oven for about 25 minutes.

Roasted Salt and Vinegar Potatoes


They are so delicious you will want to eat every last one of them right off the baking sheet. Enjoy!!!

Roasted Salt and Vinegar Potatoes

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Roasted Salt and Vinegar Potatoes

Roasted Salt and Vinegar Potatoes

PREP: 40 minutes
COOK: 30 minutes
TOTAL: 1 hour 10 minutes
SERVINGS: 4 servings


  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds small red potatoes, unpeeled
  • 1 1/4 cup salt, do not use iodized salt. It will give potatoes a chemical taste
  • 3 tablespoons malt vinegar
  • black pepper


  • Place oven rack in upper-middle position. Heat oven to 500 degrees. Set wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil in a Dutch oven or large pot. Add potatoes and salt and cook until potatoes are just tender, about 20 to 30 minutes. Drain potatoes and place them on the wire rack to air dry for 10 minutes.
  • Coat a baking sheet with the 6 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Place potatoes on greased baking sheet, spacing them evenly. Use the underside of a measuring cup to flatten each potato to 1/2-inch thickness.
  • Brush potatoes with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the malt vinegar and season with pepper.
  • Roast until potatoes are browned, about 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Brush with remaining vinegar and serve.

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14 thoughts on “Roasted Salt and Vinegar Potatoes”

  1. Made these numerous times since seeing it on America’s Test Kitchen. It’s a “go to” for entertaining. We’ve found that we like Youkon Golds rather than reds.

  2. Omg! We love these potatoes. We have made them for our friends who were impressed and gobbled them up. We have also shared the recipe which everyone loves. Outstanding!

  3. Thanks for sharing this recipe! Do you think it would work to boiled the potatoes, dry them, and refrigerator them the day before, then do the smashing and roasting the following day?

  4. Ron Hazelton

    The potatoes are fully cooked in the pot. Why is it necessary to roast them another 25 minutes?

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Yes, the salt amount is right. It does seem like too much salt, but the potatoes will be perfectly salted. and you don’t add any additional salt after you boil them.

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