Homemade Potato wedges (or fries) are one of the easiest dishes to make at home and a deep frier is not necessary! These salt and vinegar potato wedges are one of my favorite ways to eat homemade potato wedges and it is such a classic Irish/British food.
It really is more the British addition to the Irish fish and chips (fries) but I love it all the same!
If you travel to Irish pubs here in the US, especially the Boston area where there is a large concentration of them, you will always find a bottle of malt vinegar on the table waiting to be dumped on top of the hot fish and chips. I love adding this and a large amount of salt to complete the dish.
If you have had salt and vinegar potato chips from the store then you know how amazing this flavor combo can be! For this potato wedges recipe, I also made a delicious dip made with za’atar seasoning. This is in no way traditional but very delicious. You can skip this part if you like but I think the flavors really compliment the vinegar!
The ingredients you will need:
- malt vinegar or red wine vinegar
- russet potatoes (baking potatoes)
- Vegetable oil
This potato wedges recipe is one of the dishes that I like to make to celebrate St. Patricks Day! It definitely checks off all the boxes for traditional and not ridiculous Irish celebrations (ie. not green food or shamrocks which is not how the Irish celebrate this day).
While we are talking about it, I also love making this delicious Irish soda bread which my husband used to make when he lived in Cape Clear, Ireland. Every Irish family has their own recipe for this bread and they are all very different. This recipe comes from one family on that Island in Ireland and we love it so much!
Definitely give these salt and vinegar potato wedges a try and see why it has been loved for so many years!
Salt and Vinegar Potato Wedges
- 4 large russet potatoes or 6 medium ones
- 1/2 cup of red wine vinegar or malt vinegar
- 1 tbsp kosher salt plus more to taste
- vegetable oil spray for the potatoes I like to use avocado oil but any vegetable oil spray will work. If you do not have a spray version of the oil, you can just toss the potatoes in a bowl with the oil.
- 1/2 cup sour cream you can also use greek yogurt
- 1/8 cup mayonaise
- 1 tbsp za'atar seasoning
- 1 tsp salt
- Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees
- Wash and dry your potatoes.
- Now cut your potatoes in half length wise.
- Flip the potatoes over so the flat side is facing down.
- Cut the potato halves in half. Now cut those halves in half.
- Each potato should yield 8 wedges.
- Now place your potato wedges on to a large sheet pan making sure they do not overlap.
- Spray generously with your vegetable oil. If you do not have spray oil, just toss your potato wedges in a bowl with some vegetable oil and then add to the sheet pan.
- Sprinkle your salt over the potato wedges as evenly as possible.
- Now place into your pre-heated oven and bake for about 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes, flip the wedges over with a spatula to make sure both sides brown evenly.
- Cook for another 15 minutes or until the wedges start to brown and you can easily pierce them with a fork.
- Now, add you vinegar and another pinch of salt to a large bowl
- Carefully scoop your hot potato wedges off the sheet and and place in the bowl with the vinegar.
- Toss gently the potatoes gently in the vinegar making sure not to break them.
- Do this until the potatoes have absorbed all the vinegar.
- Remove fries to a serving dish and eat immediately and serve with more vinegar on the side.
- Add all of the ingredients for the dip into a medium bowl.
- Mix well and serve on the side with the fries.