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    Perfect Fingerling Potatoes

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    35 mins

    5 mins

    30 mins

    Sharon123's Note:

    This recipe is from Alton Brown's Eat This Rock! You cook the potatoes in heavily salted water and the salt crystallizes on the outside of the potatoes. It seems like a lot of salt but it works. The reviews rave over it! I have slightly adapted it. They are even good cold!

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    1. 1
      In a large pot, combine the salt, water, and potatoes and bring to a boil.
    2. 2
      Cook until the potatoes are fork-tender, about 25 to 30 minutes.
    3. 3
      Remove from the pot to a cooling rack and let stand for 5 to 7 minutes. The salt crystals will form on the outside of the potatoes.
    4. 4
      Serve as is, or with butter, pepper, chopped scallions, or Parmesan cheese.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 13, 2012

      I followed another reviewer's advice and took photos before adding the butter and scallions. I hope I got a nice pic of the salty crust, but I did have to take the pics inside. I used coarse kosher salt, and got a very nice crust on the part of the potato that was popping out of the water. I used a mix of yellow, red, and purple fingerlings. Personally, I would reduce the salt.....although that might defeat the purpose of the recipe in getting a "salt crust". I ended up scraping the salt crust off the potatoes. They were still a little salty. I'll try this again with about 1/4 to 1/2 the amount of salt and see how that turns out. Or I might sub a larger potato to balance the amount of salt. Thanks for sharing! Made for 123 tag.

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    • on August 14, 2008

      I swear I followed this recipe to a tee and they were awfully salty. Even my boyfriend who adds salt to everything thought these were too salty to enjoy. What did I do wrong???

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    • on March 27, 2008


      Very nice way to do potatoes. Leave it to Alton to perfect even the lowly spud. LoL! I did cut the recipe in half, since there were only two of us. Too late did I realize I should have taken the picture before I added the butter and onions. You can't really see the salt coating. I'll do a re-take next time I make them. :)

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    Nutritional Facts for Perfect Fingerling Potatoes

    Serving Size: 1 (3440 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 104.4
    Calories from Fat 1
    Total Fat 0.1 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 36692.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 23.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.6 g
    Sugars 1.7 g
    Protein 2.5 g

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