Thursday, December 4, 2008

Sweet Potato Chips Dusted with Chili Powder

Cook Time: 20 min
Level: Easy
Yield: 4 servings


* 2 large sweet potatoes
* 2 teaspoons chili powder
* 1 teaspoon garlic powder
* 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
* 1 teaspoon kosher salt
* 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
* Vegetable oil, for deep-frying


Blue Cheese and Chive Dip, recipe follows

Peel sweet potatoes and discard skin. Using the vegetable peeler or a
mandoline make long thin chips by peeling/slicing lengthwise from top
to bottom. Place in a bowl of ice water and chill for 1 hour. Drain in
a colander and layout on paper towels and pat dry.

Combine chili powder, garlic powder, a pinch of cayenne, cumin and
salt and pepper.

Heat vegetable oil in a large pot to 375 degrees F. Fry the potatoes
in single layer batches for 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown. Lift
chips out with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Season with
the spice mixture and serve immediately. Serve as an appetizer with
Blue Cheese and Chives dip.

Blue Cheese and Chive Dip:

* 1 cup sour cream
* 1 cup mayonnaise, store-bought
* 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
* 1 cup crumbled blue cheese
* 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
* 1/2 bunch finely chopped chives, plus extra for garnish
* Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Combine sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, blue cheese, honey and
chives in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with
chives. Serve with spicy and sweet potato chips.

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