Celebrate National Potato Chip Day
Tradition has it that potato chips were invented in 1853 by a frustrated chef — George Crum of Saratoga Springs, New York — responding to a customer who repeatedly sent back his potatoes because they were too “thick, soggy and bland.” In response, George supposedly sliced the spuds as thin as possible, fried them until they were crispy and liberally applied salt. Apparently, the customer loved them and they became a standard item on the hotel menu where George worked — noted as Saratoga Chips.
Potato chips are easy to make at home — and, when you make them at home, you have more opportunities to get creative with the seasoning. Here are a collection of potato chip recipes for you to enjoy.
- Microwave potato chips. This is a basic starter recipe that’s as easy as 1-2-3.
- These homemade barbecue potato chips have a delicious kick.
- Try these sun-dried potato chips using fingerlings or purple potatoes.
- Indian spiced potato chip sticks — healthy and flavorful.
- Yum! This blog features five-spice potato chips and excellent advice on how thin to slice your taters.
- These baked potato chips are simple to make.
While you’re at it, enter the U.S. Potato Board’s giveaway on the Kitchen PLAY blog. Recreate one recipe from Kitchen PLAY’s March Progressive Party, post about the experience on your blog and provide a link to your post on Kitchen PLAY to enter. All qualifying bloggers in each course will be entered to win $100 (6 prizes total). The deadline is April 15, 2012. The complete contest rules can be found online.
Finally, we couldn’t resist these chocolate covered potato chips — whether you make the chips yourself, or buy your own favorite Wisconsin potato chips, this recipe provides you with a tasty salty-and-sweet combination. Enjoy!