Healthier Salt Potatoes

A summertime necessity in upstate New York: Salt Potatoes. Never heard of them? They’re exactly what they sound like.

To make traditional salt potatoes you buy a paper sack of salt potatoes at any grocery store. What’s in the bag? Small potatoes and a bag full of about two fistfuls of table salt. Preparation is simple. Dump giant bag of salt into a pot full of water, bring to a boil, and cook potatoes until easily pierced with a fork. Many people top with butter before eating. Delicious.

I don’t think I need to spell out what’s wrong with the traditional prep of these taters. No recipe should call for giant fistfuls of salt. Granted, you don’t eat all of the salt because much of it gets washed down the sink when you drain the potatoes, but it’s still an uncomfortably large amount of salt. What’s the big deal with salt? When it’s eaten in excess, it can cause harmful buildup inside your blood vessels. This makes your heart have to work harder to push the blood through the now smaller arteries- not a good thing! Because of this, when we talk about excessive salt consumption, we’re also talking about a risk for heart disease (the number one cause of death in the United States!).

But yet, those little potatoes hold a special place in my health conscious heart. To fill my salt potato cravings, this barely-a-recipe recipe will do the trick!

Beans add fiber and texture to this side dish

Beans add fiber and texture to this side dish

Healthier Salt Potatoes with Green Beans

  • 1/2 bag small (salt) potatoes
  • 2 handfuls fresh green beans
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • sprinkle of salt and pepper

Quarter potatoes and rinse green beans. To a boiling pot of water, add a sprinkle of salt. Toss in potatoes and beans. When potatoes are fork tender, drain water from pot. Add one tablespoon of butter to veggies and return pot over very low heat until melted. Toss and serve!

Are these as healthy as steam veggies? Obviously not… But they are a whole heck of a lot better for you than traditional salt potatoes! The green beans add a dose of healthy fiber and bring more nutrients to this dish. By cutting back on salt and butter, but still adding it, this side is surprisingly satisfying with any grilled dish.

While this side dish may not be as healthy as steamed veggies, it's worlds ahead of traditional salt potatoes!

While this side dish may not be as healthy as steamed veggies, it’s worlds ahead of traditional salt potatoes!

Have you heard of salt potatoes before? You have to try them the traditional way first. What’s your local food favorite that could use a healthy redo?

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11 thoughts on “Healthier Salt Potatoes

  1. Glad to know these are a real thing! Heck, I grew up in Chicago and we just tossed a ton of salt on our potatoes because it tasted great! (That, or we put ranch dressing on our mashed potatoes… but that’s another topic for another day.)

    This is a great alternative. I’m sure the green beans and small potatoes play off each other well. I’ve been on a brussel sprout/potato kick lately, but I may just have to change that one up!

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  2. I was making my latte this morning and my eye caught the remaining potatoes in a bag I purchased for July 4th potato salad. Opened my emails a minute later and found this recipe-it’ll be on tonight’s dinner table – YUM! TY!

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  3. I have never heard of salt potatoes before. They don’t even sound good to me, but your version sounds delicious! I live in Colorado and we have a lot of biscuits and gravy, chicken fried steak and gravy, lots of gravy. Fortunately for me, I don’t like gravy. I know, that’s unAmerican, but I don’t. We are pretty health conscious as a state in general, but I think the gravy could use a makeover.

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