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My Apologies to Mr. Potato Head

6 Jul

Why am I apologizing to a fictional potato? 

I’ll tell you why.

I’m going to take one of his Russet potato relatives, rinse and scrub it with a vegetable brush, slice it into thin medallions, and place the rounds in a 400-degree oven.  And then I’m going to repeat this cycle of events with his distant cousin, the red potato.  Indeed, it’s a sad day for potatoes.

But I assure you that it’s for a good cause – these potatoes are being sacrificed for the good of mankind(‘s tastebuds).  Let’s begin the Russet vs. red potato smackdown.

In this corner we have the Russet potato!  Burly and robust, it’s the spud’s spud.  Even the French deem Russet awesome enough for their fries.  It’s the spuddiest spud of them all, one that’s not afraid to get its hands dirty.  Fear the starch.

Aaaaand in this corner we have the red potato!  Don’t let it’s small size fool you: it’s a feisty little thing whose skin puts some spunk into mashed potatoes.  Behind its soft skin and bright “eyes” is a potato that will hold its shape despite even the most bubbly of boiling waters.

*Ding ding ding!*

Homemade Baked Barbeque Potato Chips

Serves: 1 (or 2 not very hungry people)

  • 1 large Russet potato or 2 medium red potatoes
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground mustard
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil or Pam olive oil cooking spray
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Lightly grease a cookie sheet with olive oil or spray with Pam.
  2. Scrub single Russet potato, or two red potatoes, thoroughly under running water with vegetable brush.
  3. Mix all seasonings together in a small bowl. 
  4. Use a mandolin or knife to thinly and uniformly slice potato(es).  Either toss the slices with olive oil and spread them out on a greased cookie sheet, or place them on the greased cookie sheet and spray with Pam.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes (if using Russets; if using reds they may need less time), or until crisp.
  6. Using a spatula, remove chips from cookie sheet and lay out on paper towels to cool.
  7. Serve and enjoy!     

Are you sitting on the edge of your seat now in suspense?  Which one do you think is the winner?

Verdict:  It’s a tie!  Can there even be a tie in a boxing match?  Oh, whatever.  This is potato boxing so we can make up our own rules. 

Pot-ay-to, pot-ah-to.