Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Loaded Potato Chips

Do you love to watch Diners Drive Ins and Dives like I do
starring Guy Fieri?
That has to be one of the most addictive AND FATTENING
shows on television but I just love it and would love to go
to every restaurant they feature.

I saw an episode the other day where they made their own
potato chips and loaded them with all kinds of goodies
so while we were at Lake Powell this last week we
gave this recipe a try.

I tried several ways to slice my potatoes.  I wanted them thin and
crisp so they weren't soggy yucky homemade chips.

The food processor didn't work - way too thick.
The grater didn't work - even thicker.
A knife didn't work - too uneven.

Finally I used the vegetable peeler and it made wonderful
thin pieces.  On another episode of Diners Drive Ins and Dives
I saw them add vinegar to the water the potatoes were soaking
in.  The restaurant owner said that it helped take out the
extra starch so I added about 2 T. of vinegar (all I had was
apple cider vinegar, but it worked great).  I rinsed them and
filled the pan with water again and then drained and patted them dry.

Meanwhile I was heating the oil up to 375 in two pots.  I love to
use my electric fondue pots and I wanted them all done at the
same time.  I used about 5-6 medium sized russet potatoes.

Cook until they turn golden. 

(Aren't they just beautiful, all golden and curly?  They were perfectly
thin and crisp.) 

Take one out, drain and make 
sure it is crisp.  Then remove all of the chips and drain them.
While they are hot top them with BBQ sauce, shredded sharp
cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon and green onion.

We started to eat them and then realized we were missing something
the Ranch Dressing!  We had BYU ranch dressing (the best -
they make it at the college and sell it on campus)
but if you can't get that follow my suggestions for great
Ranch Dressing (using the mix and doctoring it up a bit.)

Ahh, that's better.  They disappeared almost instantly.  

When we ran out, we had some frozen french fries that we
deep fried and did the same toppings.  They were great too.

One of my only memories of my dad cooking was on a few Sunday
nights he made homemade potato chips.  That was such a tender
memory for me.  I think it is so wonderful when men help cook and
I never forgot my dad making homemade chips.  

These are a big upgrade from his.  Create some memories by
making some for your family.

Next time I am adding some jalapenos to my plate.


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. Oh boy, and to see this right before football season! Truly a wonderful treat:@)

  2. Bonjour Jacqueline
    Sweet receipt, I have water mouth
    just when I read
    I will try it for my boys.
    I love you are explaining the "souvenirs" It is a gift.
    Have a nice day

  3. Oh my heck, I can only imagine how wonderful those most be...and addicting too!

  4. I could only eat this about once a year, but OH what a glorious time I would have!!!!! You are such a patient person in the kitchen. Me? Not so much! I'll have to come to your house to sample this! :-)

  5. You find the most interesting things to make! These look positively decadent.

  6. These look so good. What a great idea to use a vegetable peeler to get thin chips. Childhood is a funny thing because I don't remember dad making homemade potato chips, but I do remember him making Barley Hamburger soup. Have a good day. Hope to see you soon. Joni

  7. Oh, I do like home made potato chips. When we were in Madrid, they would bring a bowl of homemade potato chips with cocktails. Now I've noticed that several restaurants in town have begun to make their own. I'm definitely trying this idea. ;-)

  8. Homemade chips are very addictive and way better than store bought. These look fabulous. Ultimate comfort snack food. xo

  9. those look wonderful! a great thing to make on a football sunday afternoon!!

  10. These look so delicious! Thanks for the tip on using a potato peeler. I have made what we call "Irish Nachos" with waffle fries and all the good toppings. Brilliant!


  11. This sounds so delicious! Where on campus do they sell the BYU Ranch Dressing?

  12. Your homemade chips look much more appetizing than store bought. I've been buying sweet potato chips at our farmers' market - addictive too!

  13. Hi Jacqueline,
    What a wonderful recipe, and sweet memories of your dad. Food and family are indeed, a perfect mix.

  14. oh my, those look delicious!! thanks for sharing them!

  15. OMGosh, Jacqueline, these look sinful!!! I LOVE the idea of using an electric fondue pot to fry the chips in. What a fun party dish!!!

  16. I'm speechless! They look so amazing! I just love Diners Drive ins and Dives! I missed this one because I would have remembered drooling on the couch!!!

  17. HI!!
    I love that show and everytime we go out of town we try to find a place they have been......there is several in OUR town..or County they have been!!
    Your chips look divine.....I am pre-cruise NO CHIPS for me!!!
    Have a Blessed week

  18. Dizzy Izzy, you can buy the BYU Ranch at the Creamery on 9th.

  19. Oh my GOODNESS! Homemade potato chips, and then loaded up with all sorts of deliciousness...over the top YUM!

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