Smashed Salt and Vinegar Potatoes

21 May

Smashed Salt and Vinegar Potatoes

Chris’ family has been spending summers at the Delaware shore since he was a little boy.  I grew up on the beach, but West coast beach culture and East coast beach culture are two totally different beasts.  We had been dating for a little over a year when he took me on one of these jaunts and my sheltered little world of California coastal living was expanded within seconds of being there.  On the East coast there are boardwalks, complete with a million t-shirt shops, carnival games, hermit crabs with painted shells for sale and heart attack-inducing food stands. But between the frozen custard and funnel cakes, there was a gem of a snack calling my name. Thrasher’s french fries.  Oh sure, you can get french fries anywhere, but here they don’t allow ketchup.  You must douse your fries in malt vinegar. You must.  It’s the only option. This blew my mind (which isn’t hard to do.  I’m easily impressed…..).  Let me repeat this.  No ketchup allowed.  Only. Malt. Vinegar.  And because this is a seasonal food, I didn’t want to have to restrict my tastebuds to having this only three months out of the year.  So this is our take, inspired by the french fry stands on the Delaware boardwalk.

Smashed Salt and Vinegar Potatoes

24 small white potatoes

1 Tablespoon olive oil

3 Tablespoons malt vinegar

kosher salt and pepper to taste

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil, add potatoes and cook for 10 minutes or until fork-tender

Drain potatoes and toss with oil in a medium bowl; add pepper to taste

Line a cookie sheet with foil, spread potatoes out on pan

Lay another cookie sheet on top of potatoes and press down until they start to “pop” or are a little smashed

Smashed Salt and Vinegar PotatoesSmashed Salt and Vinegar Potatoes

Turn broiler on high and broil until edges are crispy and browned

Return potatoes to bowl and toss with malt vinegar and sprinkle with salt


One Response to “Smashed Salt and Vinegar Potatoes”


  1. Beer Marinated Skirt Steak | parallel foodiverse - June 13, 2013

    […] sides: Smashed Salt and Vinegar Potatoes or Sweet Potatoes with Coconut and Graham Cracker […]

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