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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Homemade Habanero Flavored Potato Chips



Are you tired of paying high-prices for specialty potato chips? Here is a simple way to make you own, on the cheap, by transforming an ordinary russet potato (Fig. 1) into a batch of tasty homemade custom chips (Fig. 2)

This is what you will need:

  • 1 large russet potato, sliced into 1/8" slices
  • 8 ripe habanero peppers, finely chopped
  • 1/2 quart of water
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice, from concentrate
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • deep-fat fryer
  • peanut oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Begin by dissolving the salt and lemon juice in the half-quart of water, add the chopped habanero peppers,  stir and mix thoroughly. Next, slice the potato and add the slices to the solution and soak for 30 minutes.

Set your deep fryer at 375 degrees F., allow to heat-up, then add your potato slices. Keep an eye on your chips closely. When they have floated to the top and turned into a golden-brown color they are done.

Remove them to a paper towel to soak-up any excess oil. Lightly sprinkle your chips with your choice of seasonings. I like to add finely ground onion powder and cayenne pepper to mine.

Peanut oil makes a much tastier chip, but you can fry them in other oils as well.

Note: You can substitute a less volatile kind of pepper, like jalapeños, if habaneros are too intimidating to the taste buds and palate.

À votre santé! ... (to your health!)  Ahheee!!


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3 comments:

  1. I'm making this right now, but added a ton of mango and sugar to the "brine" in an attempt to make mango habanero chips. So far it's a lot more habanero than mango but I'm going to let is sit overnight before I fry up the rest. The idea of using salt in the soaking liquid is genius, because you don't need to salt the chips afterwards.

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