Oven-Fried Potato Chips

in Appetizers, Snacks

Can I just be honest with you?

I made these potato chips so I could stick them in my sandwich–a PB&J to be exact.

All this back to school talk got me a bit nostalgic for the days when I used to sit at the lunch table, trying and pleading for someone to barter my boring crudites for their Snack-Pak. It never worked.

So instead I’d just sulk and put Doritos in my PB&J. It made everything better.

I was poking around the internet to see if I was the only weirdo kid/adult that put/puts chips in their sandwiches. And newsflash! I’m totally not.

Did you know that there’s a wikipedia page all about potato chips in sandwiches? Yeah, craziness.

According to the page, they refer to potato chips in sandwiches as “trailer park cuisine.”

Umm…I totally take offense to that, mainly because if you think about it a PB&J, by itself, it’s pretty one note in terms of texture (unless you use crunchy peanut butter but I’m a creamy peanut butter girl).

I say that it actually took someone with a pretty classy, sophisticated palate to take this classic, iconic sandwich and stick their potato chips in it.  I don’t think it was an amateur, thank you very much.

This person knew what they were doing. They took a PB&J and upped the levels. Now it has sweetness from the jelly, a creamy, nuttiness from the peanut butter and this awesome crunch from the potato chips. Heaven.

Say you don’t want to put them in a sandwich–that’s cool. No biggie. I recommend these with a dip, or hummus, or really all by themselves. They’re super easy to make. They’re pretty healthy and the clean up is minimal since there’s no splashing of hot oil.

If I were to eat them solo, I might toss them in some dried herbs once they get out of the oven, like herbs de provence or some thyme.  A plate of these and some limeade would make for a pretty perfect afternoon.

Oven-Fried Potato Chips

Recipe from Gourmet

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6 tablespoons vegetable oil

3 russet (baking) potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds)

1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme, crumbled

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Brush 2 large baking sheets well with some oil.

Peel potatoes and with a mandoline or other hand-held slicing device cut length-wise into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Lay out a few paper towels and dry the potatoes thoroughly.

Arrange potatoes in one layer on baking sheets and brush with remaining oil.

Bake potatoes in middle of oven until golden, 12 to 15 minutes, and while still warm transfer with a metal spatula to racks. Sprinkle with salt to taste. Chips may be made 3 days ahead. Cool chips completely and keep in an airtight container at room temperature.

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Katrina September 3, 2010 at 4:21 am

These look great! Hahaha putting them with PB and J sounds awesome!

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sterling style September 3, 2010 at 6:48 am

oh wow, they would be so good to stick in a pb&j!! I love it!!

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Kristin September 3, 2010 at 8:22 am

I might be one of the odd ones – I always put Wheat Thins in my PB&J. Chips were good, too, but I preferred Wheat Thins. :)

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Maria September 3, 2010 at 8:30 am

I love that you put these in a sandwich! Comfort food at it’s best!

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Debbie September 3, 2010 at 8:33 am

why not in a sandwich! who doesn’t love potato chips!

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Bonnie September 3, 2010 at 9:19 am

i LOVE that you made these for your PG&J, a girl after my own heart! I am for sure going to try these. My husband is going to think I am a genius. Until I tell him that it’s you and then he will think you are. Thank you for this!

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Monica September 3, 2010 at 9:50 am

Oh I don’t know about the combination, but then I’m not a huge P&J person. But, I do have a question about your mandoline… I’m in the market for it, and saw the one you show in the picture in my local target.. does it work well? I’m looking for one that can do thick slicing and well as thin…

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Adrianna September 3, 2010 at 10:08 am

This is actually a friends that I borrowed and I love it. The little knob in the middle allows you to make the slices thinner or thicker.

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Adriana from Baking Powders September 3, 2010 at 9:59 am

must say it sounds sort of weird but super yum! i have a friend who’d love this! he’s the only spaniard in spain (almost) who adopted the culture of PB for an afternoon snack and usually puts fries in his subs…

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Naomi September 3, 2010 at 10:18 am

This is clearly a great idea. I’ve been known to sneak a potato chip or ten into my peanut butter and jelly, but then again, I spent four years in Pittsburgh where they put french fries in sandwiches.

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Adrianna September 3, 2010 at 10:44 am

I’ve had the french fry sandwich at Primanti’s! Craziness!

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Joanne September 3, 2010 at 10:42 am

You know what this reminds me of? Compost cookies. And you know what compost cookies are? Amazing.

Therefore, I KNOW this is truly delicious…I just wonder why I haven’t tried it yet!

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Adrianna September 3, 2010 at 10:46 am

Yes! Yes! Haven’t tried them but they’ve been on my to-do list for looong time.

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Mary @ stylefyles September 3, 2010 at 11:47 am

Oh wow, this seems WAY healthier than the way I make these, which involves a pan of hot oil and deep frying the potato slices, heh heh. Maybe I should look into your method instead.

As far as chips in sandwiches….I thought that was an English thing not a trailer trash thing? (stupid wikipedia) In college one of my soccer teammates from England introduced me to this phenomenal trend, and ever since then I’ve been hooked. I’ve never tried it w/PB and J though..normally sandwiches with meat and cheese.

I love the added crunch!

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Nadette@Eat, Read, Rant! September 3, 2010 at 2:00 pm

I totally put potato chips on my sandwiches too! Maybe i’ll give it a whirl next time I enjoy a peanut butter and honey sandwich. mmm crunchy!

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Tara September 3, 2010 at 5:57 pm

I definitely used to put chips in my PB&J sandwiches when I was a kid! I used to pretend it was lettuce, because it was crunchy. Don’t worry, I’ve since grown into eating real lettuce, too…

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Betty @ scrambled hen fruit September 3, 2010 at 10:01 pm

I totally love potato chips on my pbj sandwiches and tuna salad too. Those look fabulous!

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Cassie September 4, 2010 at 4:59 am

I love PBand J’s…. especially on toasted bead. As far as adding in chips, I usually reserve that for my tuna fish salad sammy…BBQ, Doritos, or Sour Cream and Chedder work best. Adding in some much needed crunch.

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Tara September 4, 2010 at 7:51 am

Oh that made me giggle. I have never had potato chips on PB&J but it sounds…interesting?

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Michelle September 4, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Hey! I thought I invented peanut butter and potato chip sandwiches?? LOL I love them! Hold the jelly, please.

Your chips look perfect. I’ve been making homemade chips in the microwave, but it’s a lot of cooking at 5 minute intervals. I’m going to try your method next time. Ever use sweet potatoes?

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Adrianna September 6, 2010 at 8:21 pm

I haven’t yet, but that’ll definitely be my next move with this recipe!

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Sandi September 5, 2010 at 6:16 pm

I used to put fries in my fast food hamburger, but I never tried chips in a PB&J. Of course, growing up I never had PB&J’s – my mom didn’t like them. I had my first PB&J when I was 17. My DAD, however, taught me to eat PB&DP sandwiches – that is, peanut butter and dill pickle.

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Angela See,Angela Blog September 6, 2010 at 3:20 am

YUMMM I love putting chips in sandwiches, my fave is jarlsberg, chicken and sundried tomatoes + pringles! Might ditch the pringles and go for recipe instead!

XXASAB

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El September 6, 2010 at 4:41 pm

This is hilarious. I actually used to put potato chips in my peanut butter and jelly sandwich as a kid. Thanks for the memories!

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Emily September 6, 2010 at 6:26 pm

I always put chips in my sandwiches, too! I love the crunchiness it adds. Cheez-its are also great on sandwiches, it’s like adding a slice of cheese but crunchier! I like that these chips are baked in the oven instead of fried. I may have to go out and get a mandoline now…

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Adrianna September 6, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Totally down with the cheez-its idea. Bravo.

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Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries September 7, 2010 at 4:52 am

OMG this is just mean!!! I can’t even look at it.. I’m on day 7 of detox and just finished a nice plate of BRussels Sprouts…. ;)
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Joan September 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm

I don’t get it. How do you fry a banana and get it that flat? I’ve tried banana before in sandwiches but I only get SPRAINED THUMBS! It’s a gooey drip mess that not even my dog (ALSO JOAN) can lick up in a day.

I one time had a potato chip bag when I went roller skating that just slipped right out of my hands cuz of greasiness. I skated over the chips and mom got whooping angry THAT DAY! I lost all my necklace teeth and went only up hill for THREE WEEKS! Now I eat FLAT sandwiches thank you very much!

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Adrianna September 7, 2010 at 4:50 pm

You’re so weird. I like it. Keep it up.

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Kelly @ A Full Table September 8, 2010 at 6:35 am

I like potato chips in my PB&Js. This idea was planted in my head by my father. My husband and kids also eat it this way. Lots of “trailer park cuisine” lovers in this house.

Thanks for sharing this recipe. I will definitely try it out!

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Sade October 1, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Uhmm ok, I know it’s been a while since you posted, buuuut this crisp-sandwich malarky (yes first time usage and i get what you meant about “hankering”), over here in the UK is one part national dish and the other rite of passage…
Honestly I wish I was exaggerating, but no. Just no. I thought I should let you know, you truly are NOT alone! You even sparked an argument with my flatmates abouts flavours (we Brits are a passionate people!) Apparently “prawn cocktail/BBQ flavour makes it a meal whereas “ready salted is redundant”

Personally I’m all about the salt and vinegar, cheese and cucumber, anyway got a dissertation to plan ciao bella Cozy XX

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Judith October 20, 2010 at 2:30 pm

FINALLY! A really good reason to get out that Mandoline, which I received as a gift and have never used.

I have always put potato chips in my sandwiches, especially tuna fish. (I thought everybody did!)

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Jordana June 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Oh yumm!! I love sliced my potatoes like that and frying them, instead of the usual fry shape too.
But to be honest, I love plain potato chips on a tuna sandwich!

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