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BBQ Potato Chips

BBQ Potato ChipsHow good are these crispy homemade potato chips? They're smoking good! Thinly sliced potatoes are fried in clarified butter then tossed with a bit of Champagne vinegar and a smoky barbecue spice mixture. Recipe courtesy of Chef Ken Callahan, Blue Smoke, New York, NY.

Recipe Ingredients:

4 Idaho® potatoes, thin sliced lengthwise
2 pounds melted, clarified butter or ghee* (See How to Clarify Butter)
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons your favorite barbecue sauce
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sea salt (or as desired)
1 cup fresh cilantro (leaves only), chopped and slightly chilled

Cooking Directions:

  1. Slice potatoes and soak in cold water.
  2. Combine dry spices and barbecue sauce; put mixture into a labeled shaker container or plastic baggie.
  3. Heat clarifed butter* to 360°F (180°C) in a deep-fat fryer or large, deep saucepan.
  4. Drain and dry potato slices well and cook in hot clarified butter or ghee* until golden brown; turn several times.
  5. Drain chips well on paper towels after frying.
  6. In a large bowl, toss lightly with vinegar, then season with spice mixture. Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Serves 4.

*Or substitute with avocado or light olive oil, if desired.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Idaho Potato Commission.