Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Salt Potatoes...

Salt potatoes are a regional dish of Syracuse, New York and originated here in the 1800's.  They are typically served in the summer in Central NY, when the young potatoes are first harvested. They are a staple food at all barbecues, festivals  and especially at the NY State Fair!  Potatoes specifically intended for salt potatoes can be purchased by the bag along with a package of salt.   

Syracuse has a long history of salt production. Salt springs located around Onondaga Lake were used to create consumable salt that was distributed throughout the northeast via the Erie Canal.

As the potatoes cook, the salty water forms a crust on the skin and seals the potatoes, making them taste different from regular boiled potatoes. The standard recipe calls for one pound of salt for every four pounds of potatoes.  They are then served in a small cup with melted butter drizzled over top.

If I cook the whole bag, there are plenty of leftovers.  The next night I often fry or grill them with peppers and onions:

They are delish!!

 I have also made potato salad with leftovers!

I brought a bag on vacation and introduced them to my BFF on Cape Cod last night!

What are the foods that are typically found in your region?


  1. Wow I have never heard of those. I laughed the other day when on Cook's Country they talked about breakfast tacos being a San Antonio thing. They are a Texas things for sure! You can find them at gas stations, BBQ places, food trailers...its the national breakfast of Texas! (:

  2. This is a great reminder; I haven't made these in ages. I never realized they originated in Syracuse, or even that they were a regional dish!

  3. Never heard of Salted Potatoes! Isn't it interesting how certain foods can be so regional? These sound really good!

  4. You can't beat salt potatoes in the summer! I always have a bag at the lake.

  5. Well We’ll....I’ve learned something today! Never heard of salt potatoes... one more reason to come back to New York!!!

  6. New way of preparing potatoes to me. Sure sounds delicious.........


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