Fragrant, salty, crunchy - chips are all of this and more. While they are certainly not something to eat every day, preparing them at home allows you to modify the ingredients so that the result is somehow healthier than those you eat out. Furthermore, there are many different types of preparation. In this article you will find three!
- 4 Russet potatoes
- About 1 liter of oil
- 3 tablespoons of salt
- Various flavors such as cayenne pepper, curry etc.
- 4 Russet potatoes
- About 50 grams of melted butter
- Coarse salt to flavor
to the Microwave
- Salt and other flavorings (optional)
- Olive oil (optional)
Method 1 of 3: Baked
Step 1. Preheat the oven to 260 ° C
Step 2. Cut the potatoes using a mandolin or food processor for best results
These accessories allow you to get equal slices, with the same thickness, but in an emergency, it is permissible to use a hand slicing knife.
Step 3. After slicing, dry the potato slices between two paper towels to remove any moisture
Step 4. Lightly grease a baking sheet with butter or oil and arrange the sliced potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet
Step 5. Brush the potatoes with the melted butter
Step 6. Place the pan on the middle shelf of the oven and bake them for 15 to 20 minutes, until they are golden brown on the edges
Step 7. Remove the potatoes from the oven and sprinkle them lightly with salt
Method 2 of 3: French Fries
Step 1. Slice the potatoes to the desired thickness
You can cut them by hand if you wish, but a much more efficient - and probably more effective - method of slicing potatoes would be to use:
- A food processor equipped with a slicing accessory
- A mandolin (vegetable slicer) (be careful when using it!)
Step 2. Add 3 tablespoons of salt to a large bowl filled with water and soak the sliced potatoes for half an hour
After this time, rinse them in a colander, then rinse them again and let them dry.
Step 3. Choose an oil with which you would like to fry the potatoes
Although vegetable, safflower, corn, peanut oil all work perfectly, more and more people are using olive oil because it does not contain unsaturated fatty acids. Since deep frying in oil is the least healthy method of cooking potatoes, it might be a good idea to use the healthiest oil you can get.
Step 4. Heat the oil in a deep fryer or very large skillet until it reaches a temperature of approximately 177-190 ° C
The optimal amount of oil is about one liter. The minimum quantity required corresponds to about 2 and a half centimeters of oil poured into the bottom of the pan
- Use a food thermometer to measure the temperature of the oil. If you have to adjust by eye because you don't have it, dip the handle of a wooden spoon in the oil and wait for bubbles to form around it.
- Another way to check the oil temperature without a thermometer is to fry a cube of bread. The bread will turn golden at 160 ° C after 30 seconds; at 180 ° C after 15 seconds; at 190 ° C after 10 seconds
Step 5. Cook the potatoes in small quantities, removing them when they start to turn a golden brown color
Adding the potatoes all together can cause the oil temperature to drop quickly and considerably.
Step 6. Once removed from the heat, place the fries on a plate with paper towels so that the oil is absorbed
If you wish, season them immediately.
Step 7. Finished
Method 3 of 3: Microwave
Step 1. Slice the potatoes using a mandolin or food processor to achieve an even thickness
Cut slices about 3 to 6 millimeters thick for best results.
Step 2. Dip potato slices in water to remove excess starch
Alternatively, pass the potato slices under running water until the liquid they release is no longer cloudy. Then let them air dry.
If you want to salt the potatoes, adding 3 tablespoons of salt to the water you use to soak the potatoes gives the right salty flavor to the final product
Step 3. Remove any excess moisture by placing the potato slices between two clean tea towels or between two sheets of absorbent paper by pressing gently
Water is harmful in this type of preparation so be sure to eliminate it as much as possible before using the microwave.
Step 4. Place the potatoes on a plate, under a paper towel
Make sure the potato slices don't touch each other.
Step 5. In the microwave on maximum power, the potato slices cook in 3 minutes
Step 6. Remove the potatoes from the microwave, turn them over to the other side and microwave them on 50% power for 3 minutes
Step 7. Remove the potatoes from the microwave, turn them upside down and cook them again in one minute intervals at 50% power
Cook until the potatoes are deliciously crisp and golden brown in color in the center.
Step 8. Flavor with any type of flavor or spice if you wish
- Try a potato chip before frying them all.
- Slice the potatoes fairly thin so that they are like shop chips as they are not thick.
Use a mini fryer with a lid for added safety
- Be careful when frying.
- The fries will be hot so be careful when you eat them.