Gail Simmons' Baked Salt and Vinegar Smashed Potatoes
This easy dish from the Top Chef judge and author of Bringing It Home will have everyone coming back for seconds
Gail Simmons’ Baked Salt & Vinegar Smashed Potatoes
2 lbs. small red- or white-skin new potatoes
1 cup plus 2 tsp. malt vinegar, divided, plus more for brushing
5 tbsp. kosher salt, divided, plus more for sprinkling
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
½ tsp. coarsely cracked black pepper
2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh chives, divided
1. Combine potatoes, 1 cup vinegar and 1 tablespoon salt in a large saucepan over high heat. Add water to cover potatoes by 1 inch. Bring to a boil; cover and simmer until potatoes are just tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
2. Preheat oven to 450º. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. Whisk 4 cups cold water and remaining 4 tablespoons salt in a large bowl until salt is dissolved. Add 2 cups ice. Using a slotted spoon, transfer cooked potatoes to ice water. Let stand 30 seconds; drain and pat dry. Allow potatoes to cool slightly.
4. Meanwhile, melt butter in a saucepan (or in a microwave) with pepper and 1 tablespoon chives. Remove from heat and whisk in remaining 2 teaspoons vinegar.
5. Use heel of your hand to gently smash and flatten each potato to a ½-inch thickness. Arrange smashed potatoes in a single layer on prepared baking sheet.
6. Brush potatoes with butter mixture, and sprinkle generously with salt. Flip and repeat on other side. Bake until edges are crispy and golden, 30 to 40 minutes. Brush generously with more vinegar; transfer to a serving platter. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon chives and desired amount of salt. Serve hot.
Active time: 15 minutes
Total time: 1 hour