Wednesday, July 6, 2011

dond123 Salt Potatoes

Salt Potatoes
Salt potatoes are a regional dish of Syracuse, New York, typically served in the summer when the young potatoes are first harvested. They are a staple food at fairs and barbecues. In the Central New York region where they are the most popular, potatoes specifically intended for salt potatoes can be purchased by the bag along with packages of salt.
As the potatoes cook, the salty water forms a crust on the skin and seals the potatoes so they never taste water-logged like ordinary boiled potatoes often do. The potatoes have a unique texture closer to fluffy baked potatoes, only creamier. The standard recipe calls for one pound of salt for every four pounds of potatoes

Originally posted by Redwine® in Recipe Requests.
Servings: 6 servings
Prep. Time: :05
Total Time: :20
1 lb. salt
4 lb. small new potatoes
1/2 lb. melted butter
Wash the potatoes. Put the potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Add one pound of salt. Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender. Serve with melted butter and dip potatoes into butter.
Originally posted by dond123 in Recipe Requests.
They don't taste salty, but, don't dip in butter....drown those suckers. First, in the pot after draining, then again when served.
WARNING!!!! These are addictive!!!!!!!
Also, pray for some leftovers. Then you can slice them up, add some red onions, and, of course a little more butter in the fry pan. The leftovers make the finest home fries on the planet!
Syracuse NY health food.

This picture was made when a group including Dond, Luci, Lois and others from the Sara Moulton Fan board went to one of her shows, then took her to dinner at a French restaurant!


  1. I need to try these potatoes again using your recipe. What a neat photo, Paula...were you part of that group?

  2. Paula...I've never tried to make these potatoes. I never knew they were from Syracuse, I just know they have great Salt Water Taffy there.
    This is going to be a recipe I have to make.
    .....thanks for sharing.


  3. No, Lizzy, I never had opportunity to meet Don, corresponded with e-mail, snail mail and phone for couple of years prior to his passing.
    Erica, Don lived in Wethersfield, CT when he passed away but was from Syracuse and swore by these potatoes and Spiedie's sauces that he also sent me. Hope you enjoy!

  4. Paula, I have some of don's recipes too, love his Lucy's meatball one. So simple and good. Thanks for posting. Can't imagine a pound of salt wow, will have to try these. Hugs

  5. You really can't tell there is a pound of salt in the potatoes! Would love to have Lucy's Meatball recipe! Hugs, Paula