Potato chips

Potato chips

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Encyclopedia of Food and Cookery
Serves
4

French fried potatoes, the popular pommes frites of France, have become equally well liked as potato chips in many other countries. Choose old, dry, slightly waxy potatoes for best results, and cut into uniform lengths and thicknesses. Soak the cut potatoes in cold water before frying to help get rid of some of the starch released when the potatoes are cut. Dry the potatoes well before immersing in hot oil; damp potatoes take longer to cook and become greasy. Care should always be taken when deep-frying to lower the food gently into the hot oil to avoid splashing or overflowing. Do not have the frying container more than half full of oil or the oil will overflow when the chips are added.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
4 large, even-size potatoes, peeled
oil, for deep-frying
salt

Method

  1. Cut potatoes into 5 cm lengths, 1 cm wide. Soak for 30 minutes in ice-cold water. Drain and dry well with paper towels.
  2. Place enough oil in a deep heavy pan to come not more than halfway up the sides and heat gently to 145°C or until a bread cube placed in the hot oil turns brown in less than 1 minute.
  3. Put potatoes in a frying basket and lower into hot oil. Cook for about 4–5 minutes or until soft but not brown. Lift out. Increase the temperature of the oil to 190°C or until a bread cube turns brown in 30 seconds.
  4. Gently lower chips into hot oil and cook for about 1–2 minutes or until brown and crisp. Drain on crumpled paper towels, sprinkle with salt and serve immediately.

Variations

  • Matchstick potatoes: Cut potatoes into strips the size of matchsticks and proceed as for potato chips, frying once only in oil 190°C for about 1–2 minutes until crisp and golden.

    Shoestring potatoes: Cut potatoes into strips not more than 5 mm thick and proceed as for potato chips, frying once only in oil 190°C for about 2–3 minutes.
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