Sunday, November 8, 2009

Kettle Chips with Parmesan Cheese

These are so easy to make and make wonderful hors d'oeuvres for a small dinner party.  You can prepare them ahead all the way to the frying of the herbs, turn the heat off,  and fry the chips right before you are ready to serve them.  They also go well with sandwiches and hamburgers.


6 large Yukon gold potatoes
Canola oil and olive oil, 75/25 ratio for frying
6 whole cloves garlic
4 sprigs fresh rosemary
1/2 bunch sage
1/2 bunch fresh thyme
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano


Wash and clean the potatoes in cold running water. Using a mandoline, or vegetable peeler, finely slice the potatoes into chips. Drop the chips into a bowl of ice water as you work to prevent them from going brown. This will also remove any excess starch.

Set a large pot of 75/25 canola and olive oil over medium heat and add the garlic (paper and all) and whole stems of fresh rosemary, sage and thyme. Bring oil up to 375 degrees F. As it heats up the oil will get infused with the garlic and herbs. Once the herbs crackle and get crispy they will go clear and you know they are done. Using a strainer drain the herbs and garlic and set aside on paper towels.

Fry the potatoes in batches until golden and crispy. Drain the chips, dry well on paper towels and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Garnish with crispy fried herbs, garlic and shower with Parmesan.

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