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Salt Potatoes~

Discussion in 'Side Items' started by pops6927, May 30, 2011.

  1. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    From our NNY upbringing for a summertime favorite is Salt Potatoes.  These were started in Syracuse, NY by the Hinerwadel family; http://www.hinerwadelsinc.com/about.nxg.  Small white potatoes (1-1.5" diameter) that come in a bag with a pound of salt; if I remember correctly it's 4 lbs. of potatoes and 1 lb. of salt, total of 5 lbs.  Boil a large pan of water with the salt added, drop in the potatoes until tender, drain and enjoy with lots of butter!  These are served at family get-togethers, fairs, Firemen's Field Days, the NY State Fair, any place there's a gathering, you'll find salt potatoes in Northern NY!

    Here in Texas they never heard of them.  But, there's been a resurgence of small white and red potatoes for summertime cooking, so just by adding salt to the water you can create your own.  A telltale sign that they've turned out correctly is a white coating of salt on the potatoes once drained!

    We always added only half the salt; now, what with health conditions and all, we use ¼ lb. of sea salt to 4 or 5 lbs. of small red or white potatoes; they are still delicious as a great side dish and don't let me get seconds, lol!  Boil 'em up and split them in half and slather on some butter (or a lo-cal margarine subtitute) and you've got a summertime favorite from a local enterprise! 
  2. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Sounds great Pops, I'll give this one a try for sure! Thanks for sharing.
  3. hardslicer

    hardslicer Smoking Fanatic

    sure brings back memories......seems like I remember my mom making tators like that....thanks Pops
  4. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Did not know it was anything special but thats the way I have cooked red potatoes all of my adult life just not with a lb of salt. Interesting !!
  5. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks for the memories Pops..

    When I was stationed at Griffiss I used to make a few extra bucks working clam bakes over at Sylvan Beach.

    Made plenty of salt potatoes...

  6. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Sounds great Pops!

    Why didn't you tell me about it years ago, when I didn't have to stay away from too much salt?!?!  [​IMG]

    Funny it didn't get down here to SE PA, and the PA Dutch. I never heard of it.

  7. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    What was the shape of these potatoes? Cut or uncut?

    We're seeing these more ob-longed shape, about the length of your thumb potatoes lately. Kinda expensive, but oh so very good.
    Last edited: May 30, 2011
  8. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Sounds mighty tasty POP's thanks for sharing
  9. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    A very timely suggestion for the upcoming smokes and meet and greets.  Always looking for good suggestions for the sides.  This one fits in very nicely.  Thanks Pops.
  10. Dutch

    Dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    Flash-sounds like fingerling potatoes-new potatoes are round/oval in shape. When doing salt taters, drop the taters in whole once the water starts boiling. Cut them in half when they are done and drained.

    My Sis-in-law gave me a potatoe salad recipe that called fingerling potatoes and I dang near choked when I saw the price of them in the produce dept. Think I'll just stick to the white, reds and russetts for tater salad making so my sis-in-law can have at those fingerling taters.
    Last edited: May 30, 2011
  11. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Leave it to Pops to come up with one I have never heard of.  I can't wait to try this one.  I'm thinking little red new potatoes.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  12. baboy

    baboy Fire Starter

    I love me some salt potatoes. I had some co-workers from Syracuse that turned me onto them. I thought they were crazy until I tased them
  13. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Salt potatoes are a CNY thing for sure. I grew up across the street from Hinerwadel  's in the late 50's and 60's.

    I've had to take a 100 pound to Mass. for my brother wedding in the 80's  cause the carterer never heard of them, and many loads to florida for friends over the years.

    Pop's has got the recipe right 4 pounds of small white taters and a 1 pound bag of salt. Ya can't beat them!!! ( although we go with a half a bag of salt  now)
    Last edited: May 31, 2011
  14. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I fortunatly have bee enjoying them for the last 24yrs. My wife is from ohio and  she makes them about once a month. They are awesome with butter. I can just eat them for a meal.. thanks pops

  15. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Actually, I did....


    Aug.12, 2008

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  16. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster OTBS Member

  17. jonboat

    jonboat Smoke Blower

    These are round "new potatoes". Hinnerwaddels is the most prevailent around CNY, but there are a couple other brands on the market, and white or red new potatoes are equally popular.

    One other tidbit about salt potatoes... leftovers chopped up with some onion make the best home-fries for breakfast the next morning!!!!!!

    Pops... one other local treat that folks who have moved away often have shipped to their homes is Hoffmann's german brand franks and snappy grillers ("coneys"). A little stand in Liverpool, just outside Syracuse, called Heid's is THE place to go for a dog.
  18. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    I didn't know this was a secret, been salting taters forever. 
  19. hardslicer

    hardslicer Smoking Fanatic

    I know Billy Bob Thorton in Slingblade sure liked them there taters......mmmmmmm                I will be adding that to my next menu.....   [​IMG]
  20. billyj571

    billyj571 Smoking Fanatic

    Sounds great Pops, I'll give this one a try for sure