Crispy Salt and Vinegar Smashed Potatoes

I’ve gotten back in the kitchen, and it feels so darn good.

Having a baby, you take on a whole new identity – mother, protector, teacher, constant laundry-doer. This little life needs you nearly every minute of the day. And in a strange way, it’s a wonderful feeling. Exhausting but wonderful that you have this new responsibility, and that you get to shape this person and watch them grow. It’s easy to become totally obsessed with your new role and find great joy in being a mom. It’s also especially easy to feel overwhelmed with doing your absolute best all the time. But, it’s easiest of all to forget about yourself.

What I’m really saying is, there have been a lot of frozen pizzas happening in my kitchen.

Things are taking a bit of a turn now, though. In baby’s mellow moments, I get to get back to my happy hobby of tinkering around the kitchen. While I don’t have marathon cooking days like I used to, it gives me a little lift to pull a hot, homemade treat out of the oven… that doesn’t have a cardboard crust. Hehe.

Served on the side of a rotisserie chicken and big salad (still keeping things quick and easy!), these scrumptious salt and vinegar smashed potatoes were a huge hit. They’re a super-crispy cross between mashed potatoes and roasted potatoes, with the perfect amount of vinegary tang. Your tiny-handed helpers will have great fun smashing the potatoes with a heavy mug, too!

Try these easy salt and vinegar potatoes with your favorite grilled meats and fish, too. They’re a fun twist on the classic potato chip – and a dollop of sour cream makes them even more delish!

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Crispy Salt and Vinegar Smashed Potatoes

Yield: Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

2 pounds mixed baby potatoes (Yukon Gold, red, etc.)
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. white vinegar
1 Tablespoon kosher salt, plus addt’l for sprinkling
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine potatoes, 1 cup vinegar, and 1 Tbsp. kosher salt in a medium saucepan. Add enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.

Drain and return potatoes to saucepan. Add butter and gently toss to coat. Transfer potatoes to prepared baking sheet, spreading them out in a single layer. Using a heavy mug or glass, smash each potato to about 1/2-inch thickness.

Bake for 20 minutes. Remove potatoes from oven and turn each with a spatula. Drizzle with olive oil and continue baking for 20 minutes more.

Once baked, sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. vinegar, chopped chives, salt and pepper. Serve hot.

Enjoy!

Adapted from Pinch and Swirl

      

28 Responses to “Crispy Salt and Vinegar Smashed Potatoes”

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 17, 2014 @ 12:04 am

    I love smashed potatoes, these are perfection!

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    Kathryn — July 17, 2014 @ 3:34 am

    These are adorable! What a perfect summer side too : )

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    Jules @WolfItDown — July 17, 2014 @ 3:53 am

    I believe you, these look fantastic! The first thing I thought about, were crisps I must admit, which is why it must be such a great side for a main dish, mmmm! I remember whenever mum brought home a rotisserie chicken for my sister and me, placed a kitchen roll on the table with a couple of plates and we tucked in. I know it sounds weird, but it was definitely much better and tastier than frozen pizzas (although i don’t mind those once in a while myself :P Or pita pizzas!), they would have done nicely with a few of those potatoes on the side though :D Yum! Thanks for the idea :) x

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    Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe — July 17, 2014 @ 5:19 am

    These sound totally new to me, so I can’t wait to give them a go! I’m a big potato-lover and am always looking for new ways to make them, plus the recipe looks easy and quick to put together!

    xo, Elisa

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — July 17, 2014 @ 7:20 am

    My mouth is watering!!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — July 17, 2014 @ 9:52 am

    Smashed potatoes are one of my favorite foods EVER. So good! And with this salt and vinegar twist… YES PLEASE.

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    marcie — July 17, 2014 @ 11:31 am

    Smashed potatoes are my favorite potatoes ever. They’re so crispy and delicious, and I love that you added vinegar. Delicious!

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    Kitchen Belleicious — July 17, 2014 @ 1:32 pm

    you hit the nail on the head with this one. IT is one of my favorite ways to eat a baby potato. love your vinegar approach to it. I need to try that

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health — July 17, 2014 @ 3:56 pm

    this is beautiful dish i have been wanting to make..hopefully soon i will be able to. and im so proud of you – you are a superwoman :)

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — July 17, 2014 @ 4:14 pm

    Oh my gosh Georgia these look delicious! I love salt and vinegar chips so I would be all over these smashed potatoes too!

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — July 17, 2014 @ 5:01 pm

    You are spot on. Babies stay babies for such a short time and their needs are immense. Eat the frozen pizza and these wonderful smashed potatoes and you’ll be fine. :)

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    amanda @ fake ginger — July 17, 2014 @ 6:02 pm

    Mmmm, I would love these! I’ve been craving salt & vinegar potato chips like crazy and now I’m going to be craving these!

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche — July 17, 2014 @ 8:55 pm

    awesome idea! salt and vinegar has to be one of the best flavour combinations with potato EVER. definitely doing this next time i find myself baking potatoes. love it!

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    Angel Reyes — July 17, 2014 @ 10:14 pm

    I love it!!! Love it.

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    Tieghan — July 17, 2014 @ 10:42 pm

    These are such cuties!! Perfect for snacking or as side dish for any time of the year!

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    Bam's Kitchen — July 18, 2014 @ 7:08 am

    Take time to sing songs, blow on their bellies and rock to sleep as our little ones are only little once. However, I am also glad that you can do some of things that make mom happy too like making these delicious smashed potatoes. They look crispy just the way I like them. Have a super weekend. Take Care, BAM

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    Choc Chip Uru — July 18, 2014 @ 7:28 am

    It’s like classier chips, delicious looking recipe! I really want to try them :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — July 18, 2014 @ 9:04 am

    Whaaaa… I’m am so excited for these. Salt and vinegar are my jam. I love how simple and easy this recipe comes together.

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    Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog — July 18, 2014 @ 11:12 am

    I’m seriously in love with the sound of this recipe! I loooove vinegar and potatoes, and the two together? YES! The photos are so gorgeous, makes me hungry! And congrats on being back in the kitchen :)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 18, 2014 @ 2:29 pm

    Roasted potatoes are the besssssst!!! These look awesome!

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    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — July 18, 2014 @ 5:13 pm

    Yum! Drooling over here.

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    Gaby — July 18, 2014 @ 8:27 pm

    Perfect summer side for grilling and cookouts!

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    Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! — July 19, 2014 @ 8:03 am

    Smashed potatoes are the best! So, so great for summer and I bet they are really tasty with that fab salt and vinegar combo :)

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    Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen — July 19, 2014 @ 4:14 pm

    Love the vinegar idea. i’m always looking for more ways to cook (and consume!) potatoes :)

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — July 19, 2014 @ 6:37 pm

    I pinned this even before I read the recipe. Oh my heavens between the title and the photo, I was swept away in a tide of longing. Can you tell that I love potatoes and I am hungry. Ha. Great recipe. Thanx

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    Sara — July 25, 2014 @ 8:11 pm

    I did these tonight with white truffle oil and apple cider vinegar… They were absolutely DIVINE with the truffle oil. My guests couldn’t stop eating them. Will def now be a staple when trying to impress friends and family, while cooking a relatively easy meal !

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    Mindy — August 1, 2014 @ 7:37 am

    I made these last night for dinner, everyone loved them!

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    Diana Lannin — August 12, 2014 @ 7:47 pm

    Football food! These will fly off the platter!

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