This is another example of how simple foods made from just a few ingredients can be wonderfully satisfying. All you need are potatoes, salt, and water. These potatoes are a Central New York favorite and a tradition when we visit the family camp. The salty flavor goes great with cookouts and clambakes. We like to have them with barbecued ribs or Hoffman hot dogs.
Stories I’ve read and heard state that salt potatoes originated with Irish workers at the Syracuse Salt yards near Onondaga Lake about a century ago. Then in 1914, Hinerwadel’s starting bagging and selling salt potatoes. At the grocery stores in CNY, you can purchase bags of the little white potatoes with salt included and instructions right on the bag. I was informed that new red potatoes are not the correct potato for this dish, so look for the smallest new white potatoes that you can find.