Homemade Potato Chips with Vegan Blue Cheese Dip

February 03, 2021

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Who doesn't love a good potato chip? A classic American snack, potato chips come in various flavors, textures, and types, ranging from thick-cut, heavily ridged chips to extra-thin, smooth sour cream & onion or bbq kettle chips. There are a ton of potato chips on the market, but many contain sugars, preservatives, or extra ingredients you may not want in your chip. 

The easiest way to avoid these potato chip pitfalls is to make your own at home. Far more fresh, crisp, and crackly than store-bought chips, our homemade potato chips fried in avocado oil make a superior savory snack ideal for game day watch parties, family game nights, and streaming splurges.

For speed and ease, we batch-cooked them similarly to mass-produced kettle chips, where cold potato slices are stirred into an oil-filled kettle. Pair your homemade chips with our feisty, creamy, no-dairy Original Buffalo Sauce, or read on for our creamy Vegan Blue Cheese Dip recipe and other great suggestions.   

Potato chip slices sitting in a bowl of ice water. Next to the bowl is a mandolin slicer as well as a knife and a small white plastic cutting board with a potato cut in half.

Which Potatoes to Use for Chips

Fresh, firm, non-sprouted russet potatoes make excellent potato chips, as do golden potatoes. Soak the sliced potatoes in ice water to remove the starch content before frying or baking to get an extra crispy kettle chip. Remember to dry the potato chips thoroughly before frying.

Do You Need to Use a Mandolin to Slice the Potatoes?

To slice uniform chips, use a mandolin or metal cheese slicer to slice the potatoes. Attach the potato to the mandolin guard before you begin slicing to protect your hands from the sharp blades. The mandolin makes quick work of slicing the potato chips, but, more importantly, creates similar-sized slices that will cook evenly. If you don’t have a mandolin, you can use a sharp knife and lots of patience to slice the disks as thinly and evenly as possible.

Potato Chip Storage Tips

Homemade potato chips taste best when enjoyed soon after frying or baking. Should you have any leftover potato chips, store them in an airtight container in the pantry for up to three days.

What if I Want Homemade Sweet Potato Chips?

As the name implies, sweet potatoes have a natural sweetness that pairs nicely with the salty, savory vibe of potato chips. Use the same method for cooking sweet potato chips as described above—just know that sweet potatoes contain less starch and more liquid than white potatoes, so they won’t crisp as nicely and may take a bit longer to cook.


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