Crafting Your Own Cape Cod Potato Chips

A Journey into Homemade Summertime Snacking

Let me take you on a delightful journey into the world of homemade Cape Cod potato chips. It all started when I moved to New England, and the idea of crafting my own crispy, golden chips became an unexpected adventure in my kitchen.

As a kid, I was no stranger to the allure of potato chips. I vividly remember the excitement of touring the Granny Goose potato chip factory in Sacramento, where the air was filled with the irresistible aroma of freshly fried goodness. Little did I know that years later, I would be recreating that magic in my own home.

Growing up with a professional chef for a father meant that potatoes were a staple in our kitchen. From fries to tater tots and cheesy potato casseroles, my dad’s culinary creations knew no bounds. However, the humble potato chip remained a store-bought delight—until now.

If you’re looking to elevate your summer outings, picnics, barbecues, or any outdoor gathering, homemade potato chips are the secret ingredient. Follow along for a simple yet rewarding recipe that will make you the star of snack time.

Ingredients

  • 4 large Russet potatoes, scrubbed and thinly sliced
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Sea salt or kosher salt for seasoning
  • Optional: Various salt varieties for a personalized touch

Instructions

  • Preparation: Wash and slice the potatoes using a mandoline or a sharp knife. Aim for thin, uniform slices for that perfect crunch.
  • Soak: Place the potato slices in a bowl of cold water and let them soak for at least 30 minutes. This helps remove excess starch, resulting in crispier chips.
  • Dry: Pat the potato slices thoroughly dry with paper towels to ensure they crisp up during frying.
  • Fry: Heat vegetable oil in a deep fryer or large, heavy pot to 350°F (175°C). Carefully add the potato slices in small batches, ensuring not to overcrowd the oil. Fry until golden brown and crispy, usually 3-4 minutes per batch.
  • Season: As soon as the chips come out of the oil, sprinkle them generously with sea salt or kosher salt. This is where you can get creative by experimenting with different salt varieties for a unique Cape Cod flavor.
  • Cool: Allow the chips to cool on a wire rack to maintain their crispiness.
  • Enjoy: Serve these homemade Cape Cod potato chips at your next gathering and watch them disappear!

Now, when it comes to selecting the perfect salt, consider using flaky sea salt for that authentic coastal taste. Experiment with infused salts like rosemary or truffle for a gourmet twist. Your homemade potato chips are bound to be a hit, bringing a touch of New England charm to your table. So, roll up your sleeves, put on your chef’s hat, and embark on this crispy, savory adventure!


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