Homemade Potato Chips Recipe
About Potato Chips
Potato chips (or chips, crisps, or wafers depending on where you live) are thin deep-fried slices of potato that serve as a salty snack or side dish. Today, chips can be bought in a wide variety of flavours. The Smiths Potato Chips Company were the first to sell theirs with a twist of salt, while the Irish Taytos were the first crisps to be given a cheese and onion flavour.
According to urban lore, Saratoga Springs in New York is the birth-place of the potato chip. On the 24th of August 1853, an hotel chef by the name of George Crum had finally had enough of one customer's complaints - the man stated that his fried potato slices were "too thick, soggy and bland." In an attempt to teach the diner a lesson, Crum sliced the chips as thinly as he could manage, fried them until they were completely crispy, and seasoned them with a large amount of salt. However, the diner adored these new potato slices, prompting George Crum to add them permanently to the restaurant's menu under the name "Saratoga Chips.
Quick & Simple Potato Chips Recipe
Make your own potato chips in your microwave with this easy-to-follow recipe. Be sure to set some to one side for yourself, since you can bet they'll disappear in record time. Eat them as a snack when you feel peckish, or as a side to compliment a salad.
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 potato, very thinly sliced
- salt to taste
- Empty the vegetable oil into a plastic bag (such as a freezer bag) and add the paper-thin potato slices, then shake the bag to coat the slices entirely.
- Spray a large dinner plate with cooking oil and lay the potato chips in a single layer on the plate, then cook the chips in your microwave for 3-5 minutes.
- Transfer the chips to a tupperware container, add salt and/or other flavourings and toss.
- Repeat each step (apart from oiling the plate) until you've prepared all of the potato chips.
Notes & Tips
-You'll know the chips have spent enough time in the microwave if they turn a light-brown colour. If you take them from the microwave before then, they will be soggy.
-The plate will be extremely hot! When removing it from the microwave oven, always wear mitts.
-If you'd rather not use a plate, you can lay parchment paper directly onto the microwave turntable and place the chips directly on top of it. It will take more time, but you may find it easier.
-As was correctly pointed out in the comments section, adding vinegar to potato chips could cause them to becom soggy. Avoid this by sprinkling a few drops of vinegar on the chips directly after removing them from the microwave, when they're piping hot. They should be pleasantly crisp once they cool. Alternitivly, drizzle them with vinegar right before putting them in the microwave.
-Use Pam instead of oil if you wish. It will definitely prevent your chips from sticking to the plate.
-Don't be afraid to experiment with toppings and seasonings.
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