Gail Simmons' Salt & Vinegar Smashed Potatoes

A mix of the classic chips and a potatoe dish.

Gail Simmons' Salt & Vinegar Smashed Potatoes
2 pounds Small red-or white- skinned new potatoes (1 1/2 to 2-inches in diameter)
1 cup + 2 teaspoons Malt vinegar, divided plus more for brushing
5 tablespoons Kosher salt
4 cups Cold water
2 cups Ice
2 tablespoons Unsalted butter
2 tablespoons Finely chopped fresh chives, divided
Coarsely cracked black pepper

Combine the potatoes, 1 cup of the vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of the salt in a large saucepan. Add water to cover the potatoes by 1-inch.

Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer until the potatoes are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

Heat the oven to 450ºF. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the cold water and the remaining 4 tablespoons salt until the salt is dissolved. Add the ice.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked potatoes to the ice water. Let stand for 30 seconds, then drain and pat dry. Allow the potatoes to cool slightly.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan (or in the microwave), melt the butter with 1 tablespoon of the chives and ½ teaspoon coarsely cracked pepper.

Remove the mixture from the heat and whisk in the remaining 2 teaspoons vinegar.

When cool enough to handle, use the heel of your hand to gently smash and flatten each potato to a ½-inch thickness.

Arrange the smashed potatoes in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.

Brush the potatoes with the butter mixture and sprinkle generously with salt. Flip and repeat on the other sides. Bake until the edges of the potatoes are crispy and golden, 35 to 40 minutes.

Brush generously with more vinegar, then transfer to a serving platter. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon chives and more salt. Serve hot.


Gail puts one of the best twists on classic red potatoes. Not only are they smashed but she seasons them with a classic combo we all love — salt and vinegar. Add this side dish to your next dinner main dish for a kick of flavor you'll never forget.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour