La Cucina di Kat: Crunchy Homemade Potato Chips in the Microwave!

If I didn't try this myself, I would have never believed it was possible. A friend was telling me about this the other day and I'm like...ahhh, I don't know - how does something get crisp and brown in the Microwave? Usually the only thing I use the Microwave for is to heat up cold coffee, the odd left-over and microwave popcorn.

Well, let me tell you, my skepticism did a 360 degree turn as these are absolutely delicious! The only problem is that you have to make them in small batches and you might eat the first batch while waiting for the second! It takes a bit of fine tuning also as all microwaves vary, so you have to keep an eye on them, but once you get a good batch...just repeat it. Microwave times can range anywhere from 4 to 12 minutes. Mine took about 6. You can use a plate, but make sure it is totally greased as they can stick. I used a piece of Parchment paper and it was perfect.


Peel and slice your potato. I sliced mine about 1/8th of an inch by hand, but they could have been thinner. This is where I think a Mandolin slicer would really come in handy.

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In a Ziplock bag, place about a tablespoon of Oil. I used Olive oil but any oil will suffice. Add the sliced potatoes and shake them around so that they are coated with the oil.

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Grease a piece of Parchment paper. Lay the oiled potatoes on the paper and make sure that they are not touching or overlapping.

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Place the potatoes into the Microwave. Set it for 4 minutes and then just keep an eye on it. If after 4 minutes they're not brown...add another minute and keep watching for them to brown. Keep adding time until you see them getting crispy. When they start to brown they can easily burn, so stop the microwave immediately. When you figure out how long your microwave takes, the second batch is much easier.

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Take them out of the microwave and sprinkle with coarse salt! Now, this is where it can get really interesting - experiment with your favorite spice blends such as cayenne, garlic salt, etc..

I am actually blown away by these. They are so tasty and can definitely rival a store bought chip, not to mention the lack of preservatives and other additives! Unlike having to heat up a pot of grease, it's also fairly mess-free and one potato is just great for a quick snack!

Hope you try them!


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