I find french fries to be exceedingly more challenging than potato chips. For whatever reason, my luck with making potato chips is pretty darn good.
Normally, I thinly slice waxy potatoes like a Yukon gold, but this time, I decided to go for yams for more of a sweet potato barbecue chip. And the best part is, these sweet potato barbecue chips are made with 100% real ingredients!
To be honest, I much prefer the plain ol’ jane ol’ white potato, BUT nothing beats a first impression. Friends, an orange potato covered in barbecue seasoning grabs the eye. Don’t worry, these chips aren’t just about their good looks. They taste pretty amazing.
I’m my own worst critic so I casually made these sweet potato barbecue chips one day and set them off to the side. A day later, I hear Marcus say, “Whoa, these are really, REALLY good chips.”
I don’t know why, but sometimes these affirmations from others are all we need to be 100% sure we’ve made something great. I guess my hesitation was that I’m used to a really crispy chip, but the yams tend to be slightly less crispy.
Obviously, yams contain more sugar and sugar cooks super quick. If you fry a yam at one temperature and a white potato at another, guess which ones burns faster? Yep, that damn yam!
How to Make Sweet Potato Chips
This recipe will require you to be vigilant about the frying oil. I must have lowered and raised the temperature of my oil 10x. The name of the game is test-adjust. Use a single slice of potato to test the temperature — low and slow is a good idea for a full cook, but not so low that you end up with greasy chips.
Last but not least, here are a few simple visual aids for your chip making project. Once you see how easy these are to make, you’ll prefer your own barbecue chips guaranteed. No more nasty ingredient lists with maltodextrin and corn syrup. Just goes to show that if you want a barbecue potato chip done right, you have to do them yourself. Let’s get chippin’.
It’s a good idea to slice your potatoes very thinly to ensure an even cook and crunch. I prefer to use a mandolin to slice my potatoes for chip making because it is really fast and every chip is the same width.
Do you make your own chips or french fries? Do you prefer baked or fried?Print
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