Tuesday, March 22, 2011

#20 - Potato Chips

Emily takes these surveys online when she has free time on the computer (i.e., when she's watching Real Housewives of Papua New Guinea), and after answering some questions about random products, she gets points to spend on fun stuff. We'd heard good things about Omaha Steaks, and since they showed up on her list of redeemable prizes, we thought we'd try it out.

Now that we have burgers in the freezer, we figured we needed to make a new sidedish.

Potato Chips

From Epicurious
In honor of Claire Robinson competing on Chopped, this is our 4 Ingredient Fix - potatoes, oil, salt, and pepper.
So by now you know we love our KitchenAid. We've used it for mixing cookie dough, beating egg whites, and even making pasta and churning ice cream.

Well, we have another KitchenAid attachment that we've never used before - a slicer. We figured this was a perfect time to use it because, uh, who wants to slice potatoes into 1/8 inch slices?
It was pretty awesome.
It wasn't in the original recipe, but some of the comments on Epicurious said that it's a good idea to pat the potato slices dry before oiling them up to put in the oven.
These were pretty tasty potato chips and really easy to make, but we don't think our first attempt came out just right. They were a little soggy, and it was kind of hard to get some of the chips off of the baking sheet.

Part of the sogginess problem was because we forgot to put the finished chips on a cooling rack because the burgers finished just as the timer went off for the oven.

And one of the commenters on Epicurious suggested putting parchment paper down so the chips wouldn't stick.

Next time we make these, we'll definitely try those two tips. And there will be a next time because we love potato chips, we love our slicer attachment, and we have four more burgers in the freezer.
Homemade chips are just minutes away:
  • 2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Peel and slice the potatoes into thin even slices.
  3. Pat the slices dry using paper towels, and place in a bowl.
  4. Toss the potato slices with the olive oil and season lightly with salt.
  5. Arrange the slices in a single layer on a baking sheet, and bake in the oven until golden brown, about 12-15 minutes.
  6. Season again lightly with salt and pepper when they come out of the oven.
  7. Transfer to a rack to cool for maximum crispness.

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