Rosemary Potato Chips

Yesterday’s recipe for Cider Braised Short Ribs raised a question from a friend – how did you make those chips?

plated beef ribs

cider braised ribs with gravy

It’s really quite easy. It’s not a healthy version by any means, but perfectly crispy chips are the reward. Using a well-seasoned cast iron is the key. Well, that and a lot of oil.

My basic steps are slice, parboil, fry, season. If you’re looking for extra flavor, infuse a veg oil with sprigs of rosemary for 2-3 days beforehand and then use for frying.

3 large yukon gold potatoes
sea salt
1 liter vegetable oil
table salt (for boiling)

Bring oil to 360F over medium heat in a cast iron dutch oven. I have found heating the oil over medium heat instead of high allows me to maintain a constant temp while frying, and the first batch doesn’t end up scorched.

Cut potatotoes in half, then slice thinly, about 1/8 inch thick. Using a mandonlin will make this quick work.

potatoes sliced using a mandolin

slicing with the mandolin

Bring water in a large saucepan or stockpot to a boil. Salt the water generously. Add sliced potatoes and bring to a boil for 2 minutes- no more! Strain potatoes and douse with cold water to prevent them from cooking any further.

Make sure you have a drying rack or plate ready with paper towels to dry your chips. Add potatoes to oil, now heated to 360F in your cast iron, in small batches using a skimmer or tongs. Adding too many chips at one time will lower your oil temp and make it harder to maintain a consistent temp. Turn or flip every 30 to 45 seconds to make sure they brown evenly on both sides. Once they are a nice deep brown, about 2 minutes, remove to drying rack with paper towels. Repeat as necessary to finish all chips.

fried potato chips

fried potato chips

In a large bowl, toss chips with sea salt and finely chopped rosemary. Serve with your favorite meat dish, or as a snack.

braised beef rib with rosemary chips

braised beef rib with rosemary chips

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One Response to Rosemary Potato Chips

  1. Fred says:

    Thanks for appeasing my request… sounds like a tasty treat now that it’s getting cold out!

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