Posted by parker over 5 years ago
When I learn a new cooking technique, I sometimes see the potential to expand it to other applications. So last week, when Noah showed me how to make tortilla chips, I started planning some frying of my own.
Specifically, last night I sliced up one of my favorite root vegetables and fried some sweet potato chips. Simple process: put about 1/4" of vegetable oil in a high-sided pan. Heat oil. Slice sweet potato as thin as practical. (I imagine a food processor would be helpful here.) Then pop the slices into the hot oil until they start to brown. (If you want to hurry the process, push the slices under the surface a bit; they tend to float in the oil, which slows the frying process.) Remove them with tongs and place them on a paper towel to drain.
This is a lot of work for relatively few chips, of course. The advantage to doing the work yourself instead of just buying a bag of Terra chips is, one, the price, and two, the ability to season them to taste. The sweet potatos don't always require salting, for example, and it's possible to cook up one's own seasoning mixture with, say, paprika, or cumin, or some other appropriate spices. (Suggestions?)