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Homemade Potato Chips with Blue Cheese

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Homemade potato chips are a treat so rarely experienced that your guests will surely be impressed. Here we’ve added layers of blue cheese to the chips and warmed them in the oven, making them a gooey, absolutely wonderful treat. It’s important to serve these warm, so think about these chips for your next poker party, when everyone is already seated around the table. Don’t forget the napkins, or you’ll have blue cheese all over the queen of spades.

NotesMake-ahead: The potatoes can be sliced and soaked in the water up to 1 hour ahead of time.

Tip: Although there is nothing better than hot-out-of-the-oil potato chips, there is a shortcut that is almost as good. Buy kettle-type potato chips and proceed with the recipe, layering them with the cheese and then baking them in the hot oven. They will come out hot and cheesy and close to the real deal.

Cooking MethodFrying

CostInexpensive

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionGame Day

Recipe CourseAppetizer, Snack

Dietary ConsiderationEgg-free, Gluten-free, Halal, Kosher, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian

Five Ingredients or LessYes

MealDinner, Snack

Taste and TextureCheesy, Crisp, Salty

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 baking potatoes about 2 pounds
  • Peanut oil, for frying
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 8 ounces blue cheese, finely crumbled

Instructions

  1. Peel the potatoes and slice them into thin ¼-inch slices, using a mandoline or sharp knife. Soak the potatoes in water for 5 minutes. Drain them and thoroughly pat them dry.

  2. Pour enough oil into a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan to reach halfway up the sides (don’t go any higher up the sides than that, because the oil will bubble up considerably as you put in the potatoes). Heat the oil until a deep-frying thermometer registers 375°F. Carefully slip about 15 potato slices into the oil and fry, moving the slices with tongs or a slotted spoon, until golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the chips to paper towels to drain, and season immediately with salt. Don’t overseason, as the blue cheese will be very salty as well. Repeat until all the potato slices are fried.

  3. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Place a layer of chips in a baking dish and sprinkle with some of the blue cheese. Place another layer of chips on top and add some more cheese. Continue until you have used up all the chips and cheese. Put into the oven and bake until the cheese has melted, about 5 minutes. Serve warm.

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