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!
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.
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?