Balsamic Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

by Kathy Strahs on April 27, 2011 · 23 comments

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I’ll try almost any recipe that has “balsamic” in the name. Balsamic vinegar is like this magical elixir that dials up the flavor of anything it touches. I’ll never forget the first time I tried strawberries with balsamic vinegar – how in the world did it make them so sweet? And, of course, you can’t beat the mouthwatering tang it brings to vinaigrettes and marinades.

It hadn’t occurred to me to try balsamic vinegar on potatoes until I saw the suggestion on a mesh bag of potatoes. I found some pretty colorful fingerlings at Whole Foods and thought the balsamic approach might be a great way to punch up the flavor of this otherwise rather waxy variety. Using vinegar also allowed me to cut back a little on the salt without sacrificing flavor.

Well, the balsamic roasted fingerlings were fantastic. The vinegar gave the potatoes just the slightest bit of tanginess, while the olive oil made them nice and crisp. There wasn’t much flavor difference among the different color potatoes, but they were definitely pretty to look at. This was one of our Easter side dishes this year and everyone loved them (my daughter especially enjoyed the purple ones. :-)).

Balsamic Roasted Fingerling Potatoes



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Feast on the Cheap April 28, 2011 at 5:30 AM

Mmm, simple and delicious, love this!
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Jill April 28, 2011 at 6:22 AM

Yum, I love potatoes. Is it okay to dip them, too? If it is, what dip flavor would you recommend? Thanks!

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Kathy April 28, 2011 at 7:10 AM

They’re pretty great on their own, but if I were to dip them I might go for something with a creamy-tangy base like sour cream or yogurt.

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Jenny Flake April 28, 2011 at 6:22 AM

How gorgeous are these potatoes Kathy?! Yum :) Have a great Thursday!

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marla April 28, 2011 at 6:24 AM

Love this Kathy, I agree the balsamic is a great idea!

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Rachel @ Baked by Rachel April 28, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Love just about any kind of potatoes! So cute that your daughter liked the purple ones :)
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Jeanette April 28, 2011 at 9:43 AM

I love balsamic vinegar on roasted vegetables, and these balsamic roasted potatoes look fantastic!
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cooking rookie April 28, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Wonderful recipe! Your potatoes look amazing :-)

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Maria April 28, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Wow, these look amazing! I love anything with balsamic!

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The Duo Dishes April 28, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Yes of course. This will do the trick. Reduce the balsamic down to make a syrup, and it’s also great on roasted potatoes and brussels sprouts.
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Aggie April 30, 2011 at 2:29 PM

These are just beautiful potatoes!!

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Carissa @ Pretty/Hungry April 30, 2011 at 11:27 PM

Lovely photos! I’m like you, give me balsamic anything and I’m a happy girl! I’ll have to get some multi-color potatoes next time I’m near Whole Foods. :)

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Shaina May 1, 2011 at 11:26 AM

These turned out just gorgeous with the different colors, Kathy!
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Megan'sCookin' May 1, 2011 at 10:13 PM

I love balsamic. I’ve been on a kick lately and have been getting all kinds of flavored ones. I gotta try this recipe. Sounds perfect!

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Mindy May 2, 2011 at 12:54 PM

I make stovetop roasted fingerlings, and I will definitely add some balsamic to them next time I make them! Thanks!
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Lana @ Never Enough Thyme May 5, 2011 at 2:33 PM

I can honestly say that I never met a potato I didn’t like. I don’t think I’ve ever had balsamic vinegar on them, but I’m about to get in the kitchen and give this recipe a try! Yum!
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Dan May 25, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Those potatoes look perfectly roasted. I’m a big balsamic fan myself, so I’ll be trying this soon. Thanks for sharing!

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Dianne Gilbertson July 16, 2011 at 12:55 PM

This receipe looks delicious . It does not say how to make the potatoes into fingerlings.
Do you think this would also be good with sweet pototoe fries? How about sweet pototoes just by them selves?

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Kathy July 16, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Fingerling potatoes are actually a specific type of potato. I’ve never tried sweet potatoes with balsamic vinegar but they’re already so sweet on their own I imagine they’d probably be better without it. The balsamic does add great flavor to an otherwise rather neutral-flavored potato like the fingerling.

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Linda had a little Lamb December 17, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Sweet potato fries with balsamic dressing is A.MA.ZING!!!!!!
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Kathy Strahs December 17, 2013 at 10:05 AM

I haven’t tried sweet potatoes with balsamic, but I’d love to!

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Eileen December 26, 2012 at 3:22 PM

I made these yesterday – they were really good !

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Linda had a little Lamb December 17, 2013 at 10:01 AM

I agree that recipe involving balsamic vinegar has to be amazing. Thanks for the recipe.
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