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Potato Chips


Soaking the potato rounds briefly in water before frying prevents them from becoming oxidized and removes excess starch, guaranteeing perfectly crisp chips.

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  • Yield: Makes about 9 cups

Photography: Jen Causey


  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 russet potato (about 10 ounces)
  • Coarse salt


  1. Add 1 inch oil to a deep straight-sided skillet and heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fat thermometer reaches 360 degrees.

  2. Meanwhile, cut potato into very thin rounds with a handheld slicer or sharp knife. Immediately transfer to a large bowl of water and let soak 1 minute. Drain potatoes and thoroughly pat dry.

  3. Working in small batches (a handful at a time), fry potatoes until golden and curling at edges and oil stops bubbling, about 2 minutes. Regulate heat to maintain oil temperature between 350 degrees and 365 degrees, and return oil to 360 degrees between batches. Transfer chips as fried to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain and immediately sprinkle with salt. Potato chips are best served the same day but can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

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