Sunday, August 9, 2009

chips ahoy

There are people who crave sweets. They love to snack on cookies and ice cream and the like. I am not one of those girls. I like salty and crunchy snacks. Lucky for me the carnivore does too (although I am sure he would take the sweet stuff if it was offered). So, the other day we decided to combined or shared love for savory snacks by making our own potato chips. I know what you are thinking, is it worth the effort? And the short answer is yes, yes it is.

But how does one go about making these sinful tidbits? Well, I am lucky enough to own a kitchen aid mixer (thanks to my mother-in-law and sister-in-law). It not only mixes up batter for cakes and breads, it also has some amazing attachments. To make these chips we used the vegetable slicer. The carnivore actually did the slicing - anything to play with a gadget.

We used a large white potato and sliced it very thin. We then dipped the pieces in a high sided skillet with a generous pour of vegetable oil that was heated until sizzling hot. We removed the chips from oil and drained them on a paper towel. We topped them with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. You could even add a little white vinegar or chopped chives if you like.

It was really that simple. Plus, this way we knew there were no strange additives like in most bags of chips. And, they tasted amazing - crispy, crunchy, and salty - just like I like my snacks. Chips ahoy!

menu ideas:
These would be great with a gourmet hot dog or an inside-out cheese burger. Of course, remember to have veggie versions of both of the above. These are also nice as a snack on their own.


  1. interesting technique!

    i too am a salty crunchy craver! give me a bag of pretzels, and be prepared to force it away from me haha

    have you tried making home made sweet potato chips ? so good!

  2. I had to comment on this post, as I too am more a salty snacker, which I try and avoid...only something like these chips are hard to resist. -- like the chive idea.

  3. apple hill - i have not tried making sweet potato chips, but it does sound good - and like a good way to get something healthy into the hubs.

    and table talk - i have also decided fresh dill would be nice too.

  4. We've made our own french fries, but not potato chips. Yours look awesome!


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