If you’re a fan of potato chips, you might be surprised to learn that you can make your own at home. It’s actually quite easy to do, and you can customize them to suit your own taste.
The first step is to choose the right potatoes. You’ll want to use starchy potatoes like russets, since they’ll hold their shape and won’t turn to mush when fried. Avoid waxy potatoes like red potatoes, as they’ll just turn to mush.
Once you’ve chosen your potatoes, wash them and slice them thinly. The thinner the better, as you don’t want them to be too thick or they’ll be difficult to fry evenly.
If you have a mandoline, this is the perfect tool for slicing the potatoes thinly. If you don’t have a mandoline, you can use a sharp knife, but it will take some practice to get thinly sliced potatoes without using a mandoline.
Once your potatoes are sliced, it’s time to fry them. Heat some oil in a large skillet over medium heat. You’ll want to use enough oil to come up about 1/4 inch up the sides of the potatoes.
Carefully add the potato slices to the hot oil, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. You’ll need to fry the potatoes in batches if necessary.
Fry the potatoes for 3-5 minutes per side, or until they’re golden brown and crispy. Remove them from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain them on a paper towel-lined plate.
Repeat the frying process with the remaining potato slices. Once all of the potatoes are fried, it’s time to season them.
You can season your potato chips anyway you like, but some popular options include salt, pepper, and vinegar. Experiment until you find a seasoning combination that you like.
Once the potato chips are seasoned, serve them immediately. They’re best when they’re hot and fresh, but you can store them in an airtight container for a day or two.