Article: 10 Beautiful things to do with Potatoes!: It's Late...and You've Made Me Hungry

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By Kathleen Guagliano on December 5, 2010

Forever considered a staple in most kitchens, the potato is one of the greatest gastronomic mainstays of all time. Whether it’s baked, fried, boiled or mashed it leads as one of the ultimate comfort foods that just can't be beat!

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Bubbles
Dec 8, 2010 10:35 PM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx Zone 8b
Texas Gardening Cubit
I finally got some time to read the articles and I just had to open this one about potatoes! Oh boy....it's late and now I want to try the potato chips in the microwave.... Very bad influence...but they sound delicious as do the other recipes! Maybe I'll get my mandolin out and read the directions.......tomorrow.... Love your photos too....
ImageKatg
Dec 8, 2010 11:46 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Sandi: Thank-you so much for the compliments on the photos! But you're not going to believe how good the potato chip recipe in the microwave is! I think I really portrayed myself as the skeptic, but I was so pleasantly pleased...it really works

I have a site where I post some of my recipes and I posted this one the other night. It was amazing the number of comments I received (150+) and some of them included testing/variations. Here's some of the suggestions:

I just tried this. I can confirm, it works. I actually added the salt (and a tiny bit of cracked black pepper) to the bag with oil, so it cooked it into the chip rather than acted as a condiment. I recommend this highly. Good thing about the 'batch' thing actually was I ate the first (very small) batch, and was satisfied. No need to make more. Maybe it's actually good for dieting ? :P

I read about something like this somewhere (I forget the link). The writer recommended skewering the chips on a wet skewer before cooking them; this keeps you from having to use a an oiled plate or parchment paper.Also, for the lazy, I wonder if you can skewer them and then hit them with one of the Pam sprays or olive some oil in a mister of some sort instead of oiling them; combined with a mandolin slicer, it might make it very fast to prepare.

Tried this and it worked great! The next batch I tried with balsamic vinegar mixed with the oil to create salt and vinegar chips and they also turned out fabulous. Great idea!

Just tried it with sweet potato, definitely legit. seasoned with cinnamon sugar,sea salt,pepper, and cumin.

This was really interesting because the person actually took the time to test out several techniques and had a little party doing it!

This has to be one of the most interesting recipes I've seen in a long time. When I was a kid (early 80's) we got our first microwave and my mom went crazy. For about a year we cooked everything, and I mean EVERYTHING in the microwave. After a few gray pork chops and some egg disasters it was basically used to defrost food and make popcorn. Anyway, this takes me back to those days.I had a couple of friends over for dinner tonight, and decided to make a several potatoes worth using different seasoning blends, cooking surfaces, and oils. I used russet potatoes, sliced very thin using a mandolin (about 1/16th"), with the skin on.

Parchment paper with spritzed olive oil and salt/pepper- cooking time was just over 4 minutes. The majority of the slices were nice and crisp and this was my personal favorite spice. I would rate the parchment paper as the 2nd most successful cooking surface: everything was crisp, nothing stuck, and the chips bent and curled on the edges.

Ceramic dinner plate with spritzed olive oil and Emeril Essence Creole Seasoning- This was the least successful cooking method as the about half the slices were not crisp and several stuck to the plate- they took almost 6:30 to cook and the plate was screaming hot out of the microwave. The slices that did succeed were very tasty, kettle chip crisp, and everyone loved the bite of the Emeril Seasoning.

Wax paper with pan roasted red chili powder and salt, PAM cooking spray. These took about 4:15 and came out fairly well. Some pieces stuck to the wax paper, some wax paper stuck to the chips, most were crisp, and for whatever reason these were the most distorted out of the tests- they looked like kettle chips. Unfortunately the season wasn't very good and the bits of wax paper were a turn off.

Brown paper bag with olive oil brushed on and a season mix that I use all the time for roasted potatoes- This was the most successful cooking method- no sticking, every chip was evenly cooked and crisp, plus they looked somewhat like kettle chips. I took a large thick brown paper bag that was in my pantry and cut out a sheet roughly similar to the inside of the microwave. I brushed oil onto both sides of the chip and then placed them on the paper. Cooking time was just under 5:00.

So, thank you for submitting this. I had fun experimenting with them and I'm going to keep trying new season blends using the brushed olive oil/brown paper bag method.

TL;DR- I set up several experiments and took an hour of my life to conduct them, plus another 15 minutes to type this so you can read the whole thing.


Bubbles
Dec 9, 2010 9:25 AM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx Zone 8b
Texas Gardening Cubit
Wow! Thanks for the tutorial.
I'm going to be stuck in the kitchen this morning making a pie for a garden club party this evening....so I'll have time to (1) find the mandolin, (2) read the instructions, (3) practice, so I don't slice my finger tips off, (4) make the pie first in case I slice the tips of my fingers off, (5) make some chips, (6) report results......
Bubbles
Dec 9, 2010 12:30 PM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx Zone 8b
Texas Gardening Cubit
Chips came out great after the third batch. I think I had too much olive oil on the first chips. And I used my Silpat, because I couldn't find the parchment and turned off the turn table. Second and third batches, I used a smaller pad for the microwave and turned the turn table back on. Third batch was best, and I left them in 5 minutes. I used the mandolin, making them the thinnest I could. Have all my finger tips, so life is good. If I try them again, I'll not put them in ice water... The mandolin made such quick work of the slices, I don't think they had a chance to darken before I used them. It might have made a difference in the crispness. It was fun...and as husband would say, "kept me out of the mall...."
ImageKatg
Dec 9, 2010 12:53 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Oh I'm so glad you tried them Sandi and thanks for the report. As I mentioned, it takes a bit of tweaking to get it right!

Mall? - Make chips? - Mall? - Make chips? - You still have time for the Mall! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
Bubbles
Dec 9, 2010 1:58 PM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx Zone 8b
Texas Gardening Cubit
No...have to clean up after all the "experimentation." Made two pies for the party tonite and it looks like a food fight happened in that kitchen.....
ImageDutchlady1
Dec 9, 2010 5:36 PM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
Liking your Christmas theme, Kathy!
ImageKatg
Dec 9, 2010 5:39 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Thanks Hetty - I really like this kind of decorating! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
Imagenap
Dec 9, 2010 6:57 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Me too! I was just going to comment when I saw Hetty beat me to it. So, ditto!

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