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The most perfect extra Crispy Salt and Vinegar Smashed Potatoes. Made simply with baby Yukon gold potatoes, vinegar, cheese, fresh herbs, plenty of flaky sea salt and black pepper. Each bite is perfect and so delicious. The secret? Cooking the potatoes in the instant pot first, smashing them, and then oven roasting them at high heat. Serve these crispy smashed potatoes over a bed of tangy Greek yogurt or sour cream for the perfect crunchy, to creamy balance. Simple and beyond good.
Is there really anything more perfect than a salty and perfectly crisp potato? I mean, I know it’s a crazy simple concept, but man, salty, crispy potatoes are one of those foods that are always crave-worthy. Sure, potatoes can be a delicious addition to salads, they’re fun to use on a galette, and delicious when baked into rolls. But nothing beats a simple, crispy smashed potato.
Do you know what I mean?
No summer cookout is complete without a really dang good potato side dish. With the 4th of July being on Thursday, now is the time to share these salt and vinegar smashed potatoes. Warning, they’re addicting. Honest truth? I’d probably fill up on these potatoes and all the summer fruit before even looking at anything else on the table.
Salt + carbs + fruit. My favorites.
(potatoes after cooking in the instant pot)
(smashing the potatoes down)
(smashed potatoes before roasting)
Here’s the deal. Since I like to keep recipes as simple as possible for us all, I figured out the “no fuss” way to make smashed potatoes, and I’m sharing my secret.
First up, pre-cook the potatoes in the instant pot. Yes, the instant pot to the rescue. Instead of boiling the potatoes for 20-30 minutes, I prefer to cook the potatoes in the instant pot for, wait for it – 6 minutes. That’s all it takes to get a fork-tender potato that’s all ready to be smashed down.
Second, cook the potatoes in vinegar. Now, this might seem odd, but if you love salt and vinegar potatoes, you’ll love this. And even if you don’t love salt and vinegar chips, you’ll still love these potatoes. Cooking the potatoes in vinegar seasons them from the very start. It adds a bit of acid…so you have salt + fat (olive oil) + acid (vinegar) + heat. If you ever watch the Netflix series, SALT FAT ACID HEAT then you know what I’m talking about.
If don’t watch, and have no idea, no worries, just trust me…
So, cook the potatoes in vinegar in the instant pot for 6 minutes. Now drain the potatoes and get them really dry.
Note: I’ve also included stove-top cooking directions for those of you who don’t own an instant pot.
Third, put the potatoes on a sheet pan. Now place another sheet pan on top of the potatoes, and SMASH. Use some force, let your anger out, and really push down. Using a single sheet pan to smash all the potatoes at once saves a lot of tedious work and time. This isn’t a new trick by any means, and it’s certainly not one I created, but it’s a genius trick.
Fourth, toss those smashed up potatoes with olive oil, a touch of onion powder, garlic, salt, and pepper. Then roast until the potatoes are golden and looking DELICIOUS.
Just before the potatoes are fully done cooking, add some cheddar cheese. Then throw the potatoes back into the oven to get them extra crispy.
To serve, I love spooning plain Greek yogurt onto a serving plate and then arranging the potatoes over the yogurt. I love that savory meets tangy flavor, and crunchy meets creamy texture.
Again, addicting. Like potato chip style addicting.
To make things pretty… You can finish with fresh herbs, or you can just go with flaky sea salt (Maldon is my favorite). Either or both are GREAT.
And that’s about it. You now have all the tools and knowledge you need to make the perfect crispy smashed potato. SO can we please add these to our 4th of July menus… and then every other summer cookout that’s to follow? Once you make these potatoes, there will be no turning back.
Potato side dish go-to!
If you make these crispy salt and vinegar smashed potatoes, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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These were amazing! We served with grillled butter herb basted fresh halibut. So good!
Awesome! I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe, thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend:) xTieghan
Phenomenal recipe, I don’t even like potatoes. These were beyond delicious!
Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am so delighted that it was enjoyed! Have a great week:) xTieghan
So delicious. next time I need to make a double batch. Served with the Korean flank steak with chimichurri and sesame seeds
Fantastic! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am it was enjoyed! xTieghan
I am definitely trying this, but I’m wondering if this could work with russet potatoes. I happen to have a bunch of them and we’re kind of sick of mashed and baked.
For this recipe you really want to use baby potatoes. They don’t have to be baby Yukons, but baby potatoes are key:) I hope you love the recipe! xTieghan
Delicious recipe. Omitted the cheese and yogurt. I will be making this again! I love your recipes!
I am absolutely delighted that you enjoyed the recipe, thanks for making it! Have the best week☀️ xTieghan
Made these last night. Always a crowd pleaser!
Thanks so much Jen! xTieghan
Can’t wait to make these! Any suggestions on time and temp for the potatoes if using an air fryer?
So sorry I have not tested this with an air fryer. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
A family member used to make these and everyone loved them. Only difference was he used. malt vinegar and finished them off on the grill. I’ll have to give your version a try.
I hope you love the recipe David!!
I’ve been cooking for my family every night since quarantine started in March and try to mix it up and test out new recipes I made this for my family tonight and they agreed it was one of our favorites. I’ll definitely be making this again! So yummy and crispy and perfectly seasoned.
Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am so glad you enjoyed! Happy Holidays! xTieghan
My son and I love salt and vinegar chips and we both enjoyed these! I skipped adding the last 2 tbsp vinegar at the end, afraid it would be too much, but will definitely add it the next time.
Thank you Jennifer! I am happy you enjoyed these and I hope you love them with the vinegar! xTieghan
Hey! Do you have to use apple cider vinegar or would white vinegar work?
White vinegar would also work here. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
Loved this! I don’t have an instant pot, so did it the old school way in a pot. Turned out great + everyone loved them!
Thank you so much Sadie! I am really happy to hear that! xTieghan
Hi! How could I adapt this recipe if I don’t have an instant pot? How long would I boil them in water and then in vinegar?
The stove top instructions are listed above:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
Hi! I have maybe a silly question – after you’ve smashed the potatoes and toss them in the olive oil, garlic, etc…do you transfer them to a bowl to do this or do it on the sheet pan? Cannot wait to try these tomorrow!
Shoot! Didn’t see the video earlier – question answered 🙂
I just do this on the sheet pan:) I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan
Everyone loved these potatoes. Super simple to make and packs a flavorful punch. My husband was resistant, as he doesn’t like salt and vinegar chips, but agreed these were fantastic.
Love that!! Thank you Kate! xTieghan
I made these last night as I have a bumper crop of potatoes in my garden and the potatoes straight out of the instant pot were surprisingly delicious. I’d probably eat them this way alone! Love the crispy ones right out of the oven. Wasn’t as much of a fan of them cold just because that hot crispiness is where it’s at. Really different and delicious.
Hi Leanne!! I am so glad this turned out so well for you! Thank you for trying it! xTieghan
Just had these delicious potatoes for dinner with homemade tzatziki…..and steak, absolutely delicious, couldnt find them on your insta page to comment. Thanks for a great recipe.
I am so glad these turned out so amazing for you, Karen! Thank you!! xTieghan