After chomping down on a bag of Utz potato chips last week I wondered if I could make my own? After a quick trip to Trader Joe’s (where the entire recipe came to a staggering $5), I headed home to fry up some good old-fashioned taters for my (and co-workers) tasting pleasure. I infused the vegetable oil with garlic to enhance the flavor and seasoned the chips with Lawry’s seasoning salt (http://lawrys.elsstore.com/), a staple in my childhood kitchen.
The recipe below is easy to make but please be careful… remember you are working with VERY hot oil. When you have finished making the chips, allow the oil to cool down to room temperature and save for future use (but remove any sediments at the bottom by straining)!
- 6 small new red potatoes (scrubbed)
- Seasoning Salt (I used Lawry’s)
- Vegetable Oil (for frying)
- Thinly slice potatoes on a mandolin (vegetable slicer)
- Wash off starch until water runs clear and let dry on paper towels
- In a large pot or dutch oven, heat oil under high heat (about 2 inches of oil) and bring to a temp of 365 degrees
- Carefully place a handful of potatoes in oil and fry till golden brown
- With slotted spoon transfer to a paper towel lined try and toss with seasoning salt