With the price of potato chips steadily on the rise at the grocery store, making homemade potato chips can be an excellent way to add crunch to a dish, and provide a quick and easy snack.
One of the first things that I started to play with when I got my Pampered Chef consultant kit, was the mandoline! Due to an injury on my right hand when I was younger, it was difficult for me to find a comfortable way for me to use the product. I had to be able to show people how to use them properly, it was one of our best sellers!
So, that week I used all four inserts and practiced all week. I shredded so much cheddar cheese it is ridiculous. I also went through a whole bag of potatoes trying out the other three inserts. Rather than wasting all of that potato, I decided to make some of these!
- Potatoes - 1 bag, your choice of size
- Oil - 1 small bottle, for frying
- Seasonings - To taste, your choice
If you don't have a mandolin or a crinkle cutter don't be discouraged! You can finely slice the potatoes and fry it that way. I don't have a deep fryer, so I use a large frying pan that I fill a little over half away with peanut oil. You can use a vegetable, or any other oil of your choice. I prefer to fry with peanut oil.
It takes about 5-10 minutes before the oil to heat up and then you want to fry the chips for about 2 minutes on each side. Lay them on a bed of paper towels on a plate and fry up the next batch.
Once that batch is complete, throw in the first batch back into the oil to get a better crunch.
Fry again for 1-2 minutes at a time on each side, and season with salt and pepper as soon as they come out of the oil.
You can also do this with sweet potatoes and then sprinkling brown sugar and cinnamon whenever they come out of the oil rather than the salt. This is one of our families favorite, especially whenever we grill outside!
For an extra kick, try adding 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper to your ranch, it adds so much flavor and a really thanks to the riches of the chips. I promise after you try these chips you will be reaching for a bag of potatoes rather than a bag of doritos!