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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Black and Blue Chips

I am a big fan of Sweet Potato Fries. If we are having burgers... Sweet Potato Fries. Paninis? Sweet Potato Fries. Chipotle Sour Cream? Sweet Potato Fries. There are very few things that can't be improved by adding Sweet Potato Fries. So last night, when we were having burgers, I made:

Black and Blue Chips

I know it's confusing, but I had some purple potatoes to use up, and a gorgeous wedge of Maytag Blue just screaming my name.
Purple potatoes
Blue Cheese 
Olive Oil
Cracked Black Pepper
Kosher Salt

Thinly slice your potatoes. If you use a Mandoline you can be assured of a perfectly thin, uniform slice. This is the one I use. This is the one I wish I used. It has a finger guard. More on that later.
 Beautiful, thin purple slices.
And if you use the Mandoline that I have, make sure you leave a little nub at the end...

 Or you will end up like this.
Drizzle the sliced purple potatoes with olive oil.

 Enlist a helper to toss them, since you sliced your finger on the Mandoline.
Spread in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Bake at 425 for about 10 minutes. Flip and bake for an additional 5, or so. Each oven varies, so keep a close eye. You don't want burned chips!

Sprinkle generously with blue cheese and put back in the oven for a minute or two, until it get's melty.
Sprinkle with cracked black pepper and kosher salt, and serve.

1. I know I called these black and blue chips and the potatoes are purple, but is a bruise really black? No. It is purple, and blue, and green. Just be thankful I didn't use green potatoes!
2. I received these potatoes in the Specialty Produce Farmer's Market Bag. If you live in San Diego, I can't recommended this highly enough. For $20 you receive an enormous bag of fresh produce. You order by Sunday evening, and pick it up Thursday or Friday at Specialty Produce. You never know what you are going to get, but it is always fresh, seasonal and unique. You can add on other specialty items like grass fed beef, gourmet cheeses, and gluten free baked goods and pick it all up at the same time.
3. Make more than you think you need, because these are guaranteed to be snacking material!


  1. I've always wanted a mandoline, and this post and the link prompted me to buy one. Thank you!

  2. The one with the finger guard, right?! Please say you are smarter than I am!

    All kidding aside, this is one of those things that I concede Tim's judgement is wiser. The mandoline can be used for so many things. It is worth every penny!

  3. Holy yummy looking food!