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Wrinkly potatoes (papas arrugadas)

Wrinkly potatoes (papas arrugadas)
Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Put a new wrinkle in the way you cook potatoes. In the Spanish Canary Islands they are called papas arrugadas, or wrinkly potatoes. Cooking in heavily salted water wrinkles the skins and leaves them with a light crusting of salt. ... Read more

Total time: 25 minutes | Serves 4
  • 1 1/2 pounds small potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 2 cups water

Step 1Place the potatoes in a wide pan with the salt and water. Bring to a boil and cook on a high heat until all the water has evaporated, about 20 minutes. The potatoes should be tender, coated with white salt and their skins slightly wrinkled. They can be reheated by adding a small quantity of water and allowing it to boil off.

Step 2If using very small new potatoes, cook them in the water just until tender when probed with a skewer. Drain off the excess water and return the potatoes to the heat to dry them.

Note: Use small (1 1/2 to 2 inch), waxy potatoes. Wash the potatoes but do not peel them.

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