Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Glass Potato Chips


I have a weakness. 
A big one. 
Actually, it's like a disease. 
That is, I can't say 'no' to my children. 
3 days ago, when my kids saw this page from instructables.com, they promptly expressed their amazing idea that Mom (the kitchen ninja) should try and make some, too.
And somewhere in between folding laundry and washing the dog, I haphazardly said 'yes' (or maybe unconsciously, I don't know. That moment had become one big blur....).

So I did it.
Every step in the instruction was followed meticulously, the end result surprisingly tasted like, well.....potato chips. 
Delicious, savory, herby potato chips
But they are very, very impressive, nevertheless.
Impressive enough to get that "It's awesome, Mom!" from my offsprings.
Impressive enough to get that "O Mi Gosh!! You did not, like, make these yourself, did you? I mean, It's like, whatever...It's like, friggin' cool! It's boss!" from my kid's teenage friends. (Boss??)
And impressive enough to get "You need to get out more!" from hubby.

Maybe he's right.....
And I still need to learn to say 'no'....

Ingredients:

  • 8 red potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • sea salt
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons potato starch
  • Fresh herbs (I used rosemary), optional
You will also need:
  • Parchment paper
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Baking sheets

Directions:

Step 1:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. 
Wash the potatoes in cold water and dry them using paper towel. 
Place the potatoes on a cutting board, and using a knife, make a vertical slit on each of them, about 1 inch deep. 
Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl, add olive oil, salt and herbs (if using), toss to combine. 
Place the potatoes in a large deep baking dish, bake in the oven for about 30 minutes.

Note: I accidentally deleted the picture for this step. Now I don't have any.

Step 2:
While the potatoes are baking, pour 4 cups of water into a medium pot and bring it to the temperature right under a boil. 
Remove the potatoes from the oven. Pour the hot water directly into the baking dish. 
Cover the top of the dish and let it sit for 2 hours in room temperature.
Remove the potatoes and save for another dish.
Strain the liquid using fine mesh strainer. 
Place the stock in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for a few hours, preferably overnight.



Step 3:
Pour the chilled stock into medium pot and cook over medium heat. Add 4 tablespoons of potato starch and whisk immediately to blend. Continue cooking and whisking until the stock turns into gel form.



Step 4:
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees F. (The recipe called for 135 degrees, but 170 is the lowest my oven can go. This works, too.)
Line a baking sheet with a parchment paper.
Drop about 1/2 teaspoon of gel onto the paper, to form small dots, at least 2 inches apart.
Using the back of a small spoon, spread the dots to make them thinner (I used another piece of parchment paper to cover the dots, press them down slightly to form the semi-thin circles). Make sure that your circles are not too thin, as they will break when you fry them.




Place the baking sheet(s) in the oven and let the chips dry for several hours, or overnight. Properly dried chips will come off the parchment paper by themselves. Un-fried chips will look like the one in the picture below.



Step 5:

Pour the vegetable oil into a frying pan. Heat the oil on low setting and fry the chips, a few at the time. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towel. Sprinkle with salt, if desired.
This recipe will make a truck load of potato chips.

Note: If the oil is too hot, the chips will lose the 'glass' texture and will look like pork rind. Make sure to keep the oil temperature low at all time. Run some tests until you reach the desired temperature.




47 comments:

  1. Super cool! This would make an awesome science project.

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    1. My kids are grown now...but I wish I would have known about this recipe for a science project when they were in school. My youngest followed in my footsteps and is a hardcore foodie. She also went to culinary school and getting her Bachelors in Nutrition/Dietician. I'm sending her this recipe tonight. Her roommate is a pastry chef.

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    2. Oh, please feel free to share the recipe. It's such a fun project to do with kids.

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  2. Seems a bit dumb and probably not very healthy for children (not that potato chips are the best for them either). Also, that link to the other page of this supposed miraculous glass potato chip is idiotic. Potato chips are boring? There's a reason why food isn't called 'entertainment'. This is why food is becoming worse and worse. Let's just remove all the real food that might remain in anything we eat anymore and just fry up the worst parts of it and inject ourselves with cancer directly.

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    1. Jeez...lighten up. I feel sorry for people who are so negative...You must be miserable

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    2. Oh and if you never ever eat a potato chip you are missing an explosion of potatoey goodness! My grandma said if you follow all the rules all the time you miss out on all the fun!! So take that...nananana

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    3. omg crazy time! lol.

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    4. Crispy cakes aren't good for you at all either, but people make them with their kids all the time, at least this calls for more skill and learning than sticking rice crispies and chocolate in a bowl and mixing it up. I don't have children (I'm a student, still feel like a child myself!), but I will definitely be trying this, even as just a treat for me and the boyfriend! And I think it's a fantastic idea to do with kids, with this god awful weather we're having just now (I'm in Scotland), you need something to do indoors to keep kids occupied!

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    5. I was going to say something more explicit to the original "Anonymous" negative poster along the lines that you really need some love and affection in your life before you post next time. To bash a culinary creation as being "dumb" and "idiotic" really speaks volumes about how depressing your life truly is. (Pardon any grammatical errors.)

      To Red Shallot: This is an awesome recipe for presenting different food concepts to our future foodie kiddies. Can't wait to show this link to my daughter who also does summer camp cheffing in our community. Thanks!

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    6. Extremely cool and I think of them more of an awesome edible decoration; something interesting and different. These obviously aren't healthy for you and anyone expecting fried potatoes to be healthy is fooling themselves. I mean seriously, who in the world is going go through all of this to make them for kids all the time? Clearly this is more of a special occasion food.

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    7. Michael StephensJune 25, 2012 at 9:41 AM

      Live, Laugh.....Love....You cannot carpet the world...believe me I have tried....so put on comfortable shoes and be happy.

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    8. The original negative anonymous was probably just jealous he/she didn't come up with it. I mean the comment has a very 'I could have have done that if had wanted to' tone to it. In all honesty none of their arguments really hold any water.
      -"probably not very healthy for children": It's home made with all natural ingredients. You can actually make your own potato starch. Also they flavoring food imparts some nutrients, however small. Use other source in addition to potatoes and you get a much healthier snack.


      -"There's a reason why food isn't called 'entertainment'.": If food was more entertaining it would be discussed and scrutinized more and people would be as interested in what they are eating as they are in celebrity fashion and lifestyles. Anyone that sees these will think "Hmmm...I wonder whats in them?". For example I know what potatoes are so fries don't surprise and I don't bother to look at whats in it. This make me actually compare it and the ingredients list on a bag of potato chips.

      -"Let's just remove all the real food that might remain in anything we eat anymore and just fry up the worst parts of it and inject ourselves with cancer directly.": Umm...what? How does starch cause cancer? In fact, potato starch is a complex carbohydrate which is not that bad at all. Also, the versatility of this new direction makes it even more useful. Can I use other flavorings to add nutrients? Can I bake them (to reduce oil)? can the precooked version be fully dried and shredded on a salad? Or even things like can I color them red by using beets to decorate that one healthy dish to get the kids interested?

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    9. I wonder if the person who compared eating this with injecting ourselves with cancer even bothered to look at the ingredients or directions. Part of the brilliance of this recipe is that it involves nothing extraordinary. Potatoes, Potato Starch, Olive Oil, Water, herbs. Baked, Boiled, Fried. Potato starch is used in all kinds of recipes: Noodles, Hot Dogs, Kosher Foods, Baked Goods, Asian cooking, Gluten-Free diets. The list goes on. Please get a clue. Also? It's not the first standard food product that has other uses in nonedible products.

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    10. Dear Anonymous:
      Please do the world a favor and pull your bottom lip up over your head and swallow.
      BTW AWESOME recipe I will be sure to try it with some interesting gourmet type flavorings added.
      Thank You

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    11. John Ross, you sir , are my new hero for that comment. I am so going to use it. A lot!

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    12. Hey, Anonymous - can you post a recipe for that cancer injection? Never heard of it - sounds intriguing ;)

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  3. Wow,i think these look amazing!! One day, your offspring will remind you of the time you made these, and tell you that you are "the best mom everrr"
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    Can't believe someone would take the time to write such a snarky comment, without the decency to even sign their name.......so many "anonymous" petty folks around(

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    1. Was thinking the same thing, Auntie M. If you can't stand behind a comment with your "real" name, then don't leave it.

      Regarding the recipe, what a cool project!

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    2. Thank you so much.
      It took a long time to make those chips, but yes, it's a cool project :)

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  4. That is the craziest thing I have ever seen! WOW! I mean I am super impressed. Definitely bookmarking this!

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  5. Awesome! And I wasn't aware you that you were in charge of the health of our nation's children, as well as the 'idiotic' things they post on other sites! ;) Go you!

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  6. This is super cool - you're kids must have loved these! I think the point of recipes like these is not the actual eating, it's the process, the time spent with your kids, the chance to learn something new and to have a bit of fun. Too bad some people can't see the forest for the trees. What a boring life anonymous must lead, full of granola and constipation. Now, you must come up with some invisible dip to go with those chips!

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    1. Totally agree with you. They look impressive, but like I said in my post, they taste like potato chips :)
      But hey, I had a great fun with my kids creating this. That, I would not trade with anything.

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  7. This is freaking amazing!!! never saw this anywhere, I´m def gonna try it!

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  8. So cool, and what a great mom and kids project. Oh, and snarly anonymous writer - at least Red Shallot is getting her kids into the kitchen, so ultimately, they know how to cook real food!! Looks awesome, I can't wait to try this with my daughter - thank you:-)

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  9. What an incredibly cool recipe! You are an all star mom.

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  10. Awesome is right! That is such fun. It's times like this I wish my grandkids lived closer so we could try this recipe! When next they visit....this is on the project list!

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  11. WOW! This is cool! I might have to replicate this...

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  12. Most awesome thing I have ever seen wOOOWW

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  13. I totally agree with the poster who said that this was about a project to do that would allow you to spend quality time with your children. I used to love hanging around the kitchen and "helping" my mother when I was little and as I grew she and I would tackle cooking and baking projects together. Good for you.

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  14. This is awesome! I'm going to do this with my daughter! And to the rude poster: GET A LIFE! Stop trolling these boards because you have nothing better to do with your sad excuse you call a life. Or maybe we should feel sorry for people like this because clearly they aren't loved much.

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  15. Really looks interesting. Bookmarking this post. I am sure this was a great bonding activity.

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  16. These are so neat! I definitely think I could put them to good use around Halloween Party time! :)

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  17. Sounds like something to use as an edible decoration. Can it be colored? You could make flower petals!

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    1. I don't see why not. They'll look pretty, too with colors.

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  18. Its actually a potato starch chip. But it takes a awesome mum to pull it off!
    I suppose you can use any stock to change the flavour.

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    1. Great idea. Was thinking about a little bit of coloring, too. Mig be fun to make them colorful.

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  19. What a genius idea and it looks so cool!

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  20. looks wonderful haven't seen like this

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  21. forget kids and my tiny home kitchen! I'll be whipping up a batch of these as an amuse bouche at the restaurant I work in! marvelous!!

    @mightbeadream

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  22. HELP!!!!!!
    We have 4 grocers in the town I live in
    Wal-mart, Food City, Save-a-Lot, and Krogers.
    I have checked all 4 and not a single one of them carries potato starch.
    Is there anything else I can use besides potato starch?
    Perhaps corn starch?
    Has anyone tried this with a different starch besides potato starch? How did it turn out?
    If you used corn starch would it be missing a potatoy flavor?
    Would it taste corny? if so I wonder if I replaced the potatoes with corn if I could make clear corn chips.
    But back on track. Can I use cornstarch for this recipe?
    PLEASE HELP. I want to try this so bad I can taste it (and it tastes yummmmmyyy)

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  23. hi do you think you would be able to make them up to the drying in the oven and then stoore them till you want to fry them just a thought.

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  24. wow this is very cool and you are a fab mum for doing it :-)

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  25. Wow! You could make an invisible salt-and-white-vinegar dip to go with those :)

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