Brined Baby Potatoes

Tess Geer


These potatoes are so good! You won't believe how much flavor the brining process adds. I've included instructions for roasting the potatoes which is healthier, but you can also fry them. They make a great side for any meal. We love them! I've included instructions for roasting the potatoes which is healthier, but you can also fry them. Remember to use very small potatoes. Fingerling potatoes often come in different colors and make a very pretty presentation.

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1 1/2 lb
fingerling or small red potatoes
1 tsp
rosemary, dried
1 tsp
thyme, dried
bay leaves, dried
1 Tbsp
black peppercorns, whole
1 Tbsp
coriander seeds
1 Tbsp
fennel seeds
1 tsp
red pepper flakes
2 tsp
kosher salt
4 c


3 Tbsp
olive oil, extra virgin, good quality
1 tsp
rosemary, dried
1/8 tsp
black pepper
1/2 tsp
salt (optional)


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1Scrub potatoes. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan.

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2Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the potatoes are just tender when pierced with a knife, usually about 12 minutes but check at 10 minutes.

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3Transfer potatoes and cooking liquid to a large metal bowl. Fill a second larger bowl halfway with ice. Nest the bowl containing the potatoes in the ice filled bowl until the potato cooking liquid is cool, refreshing the ice as necessary. Transfer the potatoes and the cooking liquid to a large metal bowl and nest that bowl in a second, larger, ice-filled bowl until the potato cooking liquid is cool. Refresh the ice when needed.

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4Once cool, transfer the potatoes and their cooking liquid to container, seal and refrigerate. The potatoes will keep for up to 1 week.They taste the best after after at least 24 hours in the brine.

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5To serve, preheat oven to 450. Remove potatoes from the brine, rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Cut larger potatoes in half. Toss potatoes with 3 tbs olive oil, 1 tsp dried rosemary, 1/8 tsp black pepper and 1/2 tsp kosher salt (optional). Spread potatoes on a foil covered baking sheet. Roast in a 450° oven until warmed through, about 10 minutes, turning potatoes halfway through..

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Vegetables
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy, Heirloom