Sunday, March 14, 2010

Homemade Potato Chips

My brother-in-law sent me a link this morning on how to make homemade potato chips in the microwave! I was completely skeptical at first thinking there was no way that the microwave could produce crispy potato chips that would actually taste good. My husband was also very skeptical so he joined me in the kitchen for this cooking experiment.

We were pleasantly surprised how good they were! They were crispy and actually tasted like fresh potato chips! Even my 3 year old kept asking for more!

One batch in the microwave makes a snack size portion for one person. We ended up making 2 different batches - one with regular salt and pepper and the other batch with garlic salt. Both were yummy! This is definitely more of a fun kitchen project rather than a practical way to make a big batch of chips. (There's no way I would try making these for a large group of people.)

So if you have a potato laying around you should give this recipe a try! Grab the whole family because it's a fun experiment with an outcome that will promise to leave no crumbs behind!

Homemade Potato Chips

1 russet potato
Non stick spray
Parchment paper or glass plate
Salt and Pepper

Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the inside of your microwave. Carefully slice 1/3 of a potato into paper thin slices using a mandoline, vegetable peeler, or sharp knife. You don’t want to cut any more than this because any extra slices laying around waiting to be cooked will turn pink in color. Completely coat the parchment paper with non-stick spray and place the potato slices in a single layer. Spray the potato slices with non stick spray and lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Turn off the rotating option on your microwave and cook for 4-5 minutes. Cooking times will vary based on the strength and power of your microwave. Some chips may turn very dark brown. Ideally you want them light and golden. Repeat the process until you’ve used your entire potato.

*This fun idea came from Check out Alice's blog for lots of other great recipes!

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