Homemade potato chips are something every cook should try making—it's a fun process with delicious results, and it's a satisfying feeling to transform a humble potato into a decadent snack. Using a trio of red, white, and blue potatoes creates a flag theme dish for a patriotic holiday. To make it a party platter, serve the crisps next to a spread of other savory snacks, like these Herb-Roasted Pecans

Martha Stewart Living, June 2020


Credit: Noe Dewitt

Recipe Summary

1 hr 40 mins
25 mins
Serves 4 to 6


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Very thinly slice potatoes on a mandolin (about 1/16 inch thick). Cover in cold water (separately, if using multiple colors) for 1 hour. Swish potato slices around to release starch, then drain. Repeat until water is no longer cloudy. Spread slices out on kitchen towels and pat dry. Let air-dry 15 minutes.

  • Fill a medium heavy pot halfway with extra-virgin olive oil. Clip a candy or frying thermometer to pot and heat oil to 345°. Add a small handful of potato slices and stir to break apart (temperature will drop and oil will vigorously bubble).

  • Turn and stir potatoes until bubbling stops completely, about 4 minutes per batch; do not let temperature go above 350°. Remove and drain on paper towels. (If they are still slightly soft in the center after resting a minute, return to oil briefly.) Sprinkle with salt.

  • Return oil to 345° between batches. (You can reuse the oil later to make more chips; store it in a tightly covered jar for up to a month.) Chips are best eaten the day they are made, but can be stored, once cooled completely, in an airtight container up to 3 days.

Cook's Notes

Martha uses Adirondack red, Adirondack blue and Butterball potatoes. For chips that are crisp but not too browned, work in small batches.