These Salt & Vinegar Roasted Potatoes are not the tongue tingling acid bomb that salt and vinegar potato chips can be, but a more subtle, slightly tangy, wonderfully flavorful alternative to regular roasted potatoes. The creaminess of the Smoky Garlic Mayo is the perfect juxtaposition to the slightly tart and salty potatoes.
Why Kosher salt instead of regular table salt? It’s alllllll about the texture. Kosher salt has large, flakey granules that deliver a pop of flavor on your tongue and a wonderfully crunchy texture. Instead of the confluent salty flavor delivered by the uniform, tiny crystals of table salt, Kosher salt gives your taste buds a varying experience that instantly makes every bite more interesting. The best part? IT’S SO INEXPENSIVE. Seriously, you don’t need some fancy ten dollar pink salt from half way across the world to make your food good. A huge box of Morton’s Kosher Salt will run you just a few dollars, probably last you a couple of years (because you only need a pinch at a time), and it really does make your meals restaurant-worthy.
Salt & Vinegar Roasted Potatoes with Smoky Garlic Mayo
SALT & VINEGAR POTATOES
SMOKY GARLIC MAYO
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise ($0.37)
- 1 small clove garlic ($0.08)
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika ($0.02)
- 1/8 tsp Kosher Salt
- Wash the potatoes well, then add them to a large pot along with the vinegar. Add enough water to just cover the potatoes, then add 1/2 Tbsp Kosher Salt. Place a lid on the pot and bring it to a boil over high heat.
- Continue to boil for 10-15 minutes, or until the potatoes can be pierced with a fork, but are not falling apart. Drain the potatoes in a colander and allow them to cool slightly.
- Preheat the oven to 400ºF. While the potatoes are cooling, prepare the smoky garlic mayo. Mince the garlic then combine it in a small bowl with the mayonnaise, smoked paprika, and 1/8 tsp kosher salt. Cover the bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.
- Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, slice the potatoes into 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick rounds. Place the sliced potatoes on a large baking sheet. Drizzle the olive oil over the potatoes, then toss the potatoes until they are evenly coated in oil on both sides. Season the potatoes with freshly cracked pepper and a pinch or two of Kosher salt.
- Roast the potatoes in the oven for 30 minutes, stirring half way through, or until they are golden brown on both sides. Season once more with a pinch of kosher salt and a sprinkle of fresh chopped chives.
- Serve the potatoes drizzled with the smoky garlic mayonnaise, or with the mayonnaise on the side for dipping.
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How to Make Salt & Vinegar Roasted Potatoes – Step by Step Photos
Wash 2 pounds of small red potatoes well, making sure to remove any dirt in the eyes and crevices.
Place the potatoes in a large pot, then add 1 cup white vinegar and enough water to just cover the potatoes (2-3 cups).
Season the water with 1/2 Tbsp (1.5 tsp) Morton Kosher Salt. Place a lid on the pot and bring it up to a boil over high heat. Continue to boil the potatoes for 10-15 minutes, or until you can pierce them with a fork but they’re not so soft that they’re falling apart.
Once tender, drain the potatoes in a colander and let them cool slightly.
While the potatoes are cooling, begin preheating the oven to 400ºF. Also prepare the smoky garlic mayo. In a small bowl combine one small clove of garlic (minced) with 1/3 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 tsp smoked paprika, and 1/8 tsp Morton Kosher Salt. Cover the mayo and refrigerate it until you’re ready to use it.
Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, slice them into 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick rounds. Place the sliced potatoes on a large baking sheet and drizzle with 1 Tbsp olive oil. Toss the potatoes in the oil until they are evenly coated on both sides.
Season the potatoes with some freshly cracked pepper and a couple pinches of kosher salt.
Roast the potatoes for about 30 minutes, stirring half way through, or until they’re golden brown on both sides. Season one more time with a pinch of Kosher salt, then top with fresh chopped chives (optional).
Drizzle the smoky garlic mayo over the Salt & Vinegar Roasted Potatoes, or serve it along side for dipping!