Salt and vinegar chips are no longer bound to a fuchsia-coloured packet jail, defined as a lowly snack or party food. Now, you can turn any potato side, baked, roasted or fried, into a salt & vinny sensation. All you have to do is boil them in the vinegar – genius right.
It’s a technique borrowed from 101 Cookbooks author Heidi Swanson, published by Heidi Tze (different Heidi) on her blog Apples Under My Bed and is one of our most popular recipes on SBS Food. Tze lets the potatoes steep in the vinegar for 30 minutes after boiling. I tried both steeping and roasting right away with similar results.
When making potatoes in my kitchen, something I do often, I’ll occasionally venture away from steaming and reach for a bottle of vinegar (which I swear is solely for wholesome seasoning or stain-removing purposes) and make my own salt and vinegar chips. They’re outrageously scrumptious and severely satisfying, and I think you’re going to love them. I first came across this method of sincerely infusing potatoes with vinegar (by boiling them in the good stuff) on Heidi Swanson’s blog, 101 Cookbooks. I only recently perfected the method and I’m super excited to share it with you.
Try to get your hands on some starchy potatoes for a crispier result, waxy will be nicer for chunky roast potato but if you’re aiming more for chip then starchy is the ticket.
It’s hard to figure out what’s what in Australia as we don’t really sell potatoes by their various names, but the large brushed potatoes available at most supermarkets are typically your best bet. They’re likely either Sebago or Russet Burbank variety, both of which are floury and good for chipping.
Small white potatoes, red-skinned varieties and kipflers are typically not going to give you a good crispy shell but still delicious when given the salt and vinegar treatment.
How to make salt and vinegar potatoes
Take your potatoes and cut to the preferred size – Heidi recommends thick coins.
Place in a pot and cover completely with white vinegar, then bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn the heat off and optionally let potatoes steep for an additional 30 minutes.
Drain the potatoes and let them dry slightly. Toss in olive oil and salt to season then bake at 200°C for 20 minutes, flip, then bake an additional 10 minutes, or until crispy and golden. My coins could’ve taken 5 minutes less but cest la vie.
If you want to go all out, cut the potatoes into chips, boil, lay flat on a tray and cool uncovered overnight to dry them out. From there, fry them as you would a regular potato chip. Try Gabriel Gate’s Belgian frites recipe here.
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