If you’re craving some potato chips, get ready because today we’re going to teach you how to make potato chips at home. Don’t set up your fryer, we have an oven recipe for you. You will be using just a little bit of oil so your potato chips will be not only delicious but also very healthy.
The best thing about homemade potato chips is that you can serve them warm and you can pair them with other delicious ingredients. Another thing we love about homemade potato chips is that they are thicker than those from a bag so they can either be a delicious snack or a flavorful side dish.
What Are The Best Potatoes For Potato Chips?
Yellow potatoes are ideal for potato chips, particularly Yukon Gold potatoes, as they are versatile and they can be used for frying, mashed potatoes, and baking.
Idaho potatoes and Russet potatoes are also great for making homemade potato chips.
How To Slice Potatoes For Chips
The secret of perfect homemade chips lies in the slicing. You want to slice the potatoes in thin and uniform slices so they can bake evenly and have that crispy crunch we all love.
For this, we find the mandoline to be the best tool to use, as it can slice all kinds of vegetables in uniform and thin slices. However, if you don’t have a mandoline, you can use any other type of handheld slicer.
Baking Tips For Homemade Potato Chips
Many people don’t make potato chips at home because they don’t want to end up with soft and soggy chips. That’s why we have a few tips for you to ensure that your potato chips are golden-brown and perfectly crispy.
The most important thing you have to know about potato chips is that, if you want them crispy, you have to make sure every single potato slice is covered in oil on both sides. You want enough oil to cover the slices but make sure you don’t add too much, as too much oil can burn the outside layer of the chips and turn the inside soggy.
If you had trouble with your chips sticking to the baking tray in the past, use parchment paper to line the baking tray. You can also coat aluminum foil with cooking spray if you don’t have parchment paper.
Depending on how thin or thick you want your chips, the baking time can vary. For example, if you make 1/8-inch chips as we recommended, the baking time will be approximately 15 minutes. If you make thicker chips, ¼-inch for example, the baking time will increase and it will take closer to 30 minutes for the potato chips to be baked and crispy. In both cases, the oven should be at 400 degrees F.
If you don’t have a mandoline or another handheld slicer and you cut the potato slices using a knife, your chips will probably do not have the same thickness no matter how hard you try. In this case, you have to pay attention to the oven, as some chips will bake faster than others. Make sure you remove the ones that are baked before they burn.
How To Store Homemade Potato Chips
The most obvious storing method – an airtight container. Does it work for potato chips? Yes. If you want to store potato chips for a longer period, this is the safest option. Potato chips will last three weeks or even more stored this way. However, fresh chips are always better so maybe make a smaller batch instead of storing them for longer periods, especially since airtight containers can make chips soggy.
If you plan to eat the chips throughout the day, transfer them to a bowl and cover them with a towel. The towel usually absorbs some of the oil and helps with the crispiness. This method works perfectly if you don’t plan to store the chips for more than six to eight hours.
A sealable plastic bag is another good option for homemade potato chips, especially if you want to take the chips with you to work for a quick snack. The chips will last for a few days this way.
Homemade Potato Chips Recipe
- 2 medium potatoes;
- 3 tablespoons olive oil;
- Salt to taste;
- Ground pepper to taste.
- Mandoline or another handheld vegetable slicer;
- Medium mixing bowl;
- Baking tray;
- Parchment paper;
- Cooling rack.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Peel and slice the potatoes into 1/8-inch slices with a mandoline.
Toss the potatoes slices with oil in the mixing bowl.
Season with salt and pepper.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange the potato slices in a single layer on the baking sheet.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Season lightly with salt and pepper again.
Transfer the potato chips to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely for maximum crispiness.
Potato Chips Recipe Variations
Classic, salty potato chips are definitely delicious but why limit yourself when you can experiment with so many different flavors?
The first thing you can do to change the flavor of the homemade potato chips is to replace olive oil with a different oil. Canola and peanut oil certainly make some great potato chips so give them a try.
Another obvious choice is to experiment with different seasonings and herbs. Anything you like goes but, in case you need some inspiration, here are some healthy and flavorful options:
- Ground cumin;
- Sesame seeds;
- Chili powder;
- Minced herbs – parsley, dill;
- Ranch seasoning;
- Taco seasoning;
- Garlic powder;
- Onion powder.