Baked Potato Chips Made Easy with Benriner
I don’t like potato chips…said no one ever. That salty, potato-ey, deep fried crunch of goodness, no wonder each of us can sit and eat a whole bag in one sitting. Except, that is very much the problem. Too many potato chips equals way too much fat, calories and salt, not to mention flavored chips that contain ingredients that are not good for you. Why not make them at home? These baked potato chips are full of flavor and contain no fat. With using lighter ingredients, the dip isn’t bad either!
Repetitive slicing of the potatoes might seem like a daunting task. I agree. It is. But with products like the Benriner mandolin, you are literally done in seconds. Seriously, I sliced an entire potato in less than 10 seconds. A mandolin might be one of those kitchen gadgets you always wish you had but never took the time to buy. Once you have one, you think, “How did I ever manage without this tool?” Not only does the Benriner slice (to various thicknesses), it also shreds and juliennes just by changing the different blades that are included with the product. The mandolin’s versatility makes it perfect for both stir-frys and salads.
I have talked with quite a few friends about mandolins and some have been fearful of cutting themselves. Yes, the blade is razor sharp. Though, the Benriner comes with a plastic finger guard that protects your hands and allows you to use the vegetable to the very last piece. No waste AND no fear!
Aside from the usefulness of the mandolin, I love to support family-owned companies. Benriner was started just after World War II and continues to be run by family three generations later. During an HIC interview with Michiko, responsible for Benriner’s international marketing, and sister to owner Hajime and grandson of Benriner’s founder, she was asked about the history of the company.
Around 5 years after World War II ended, our grandfather started a company in the 1950′s in Japan, that dealt with lumber and wooden products such as interior doors. He gathered some skilled craftsmen in the city who were lumber cutting and crafting professionals as well as blacksmiths to start the company. Later he used the idea of Kanna (a small wood shaving device traditionally used in Japanese construction) and with the leftover lumber pieces, he made a slicer that would cut the food (vegetable)- and the Benriner Slicer was invented. After he officially built the company to make the slicer, He named the company “Benriner” and started production.
Cooking is fun and a “happy thing” to do no matter where customers live in the world. I think Benriner products help bring the happiness to their kitchen. Benriner products add variety, and the beauty to the dish – so not only are they versatile to use, but also they help bring the cooking quality to the next level – to some users, cooking is more than just cooking, it can be a creative work – almost an “art.” The second-to-none quality of blades make it all possible and that is why Benriner continues focusing on the product quality and it is also the strength of the company and its pride.
Let’s get back to this Spicy Goat Cheese & Chive Dip. I am a huge fan of basic recipes that you can make your own. For instance, this particular dish is not only perfect for baked potato chips or french fries, you can also use it for raw vegetables (that you sliced with your new mandolin) or as a topping for a grilled hamburger. Don’t like goat cheese? Replace it with any other fresh cheese. Do you fear the spicy heat? Easy fix, leave out the cayenne. Want to go Greek? Mix in some feta, dill, garlic powder and a bit of fine shredded cucumber. Replace the sour cream with Greek yogurt and now you have tzatziki sauce. See what you can with with a little kitchen creativity? Like Michiko said above, “Cooking is more than just cooking, it can be a creative work – almost an ‘art’.” Time to be the artist!
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- 3 large Baking Potatoes
- Non-stick spray
- Sea salt
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
- & scrub potatoes well. (I like to leave the peels on but you can peel the potatoes if it's not your thing.)
- Thinly slice potatoes on a Benriner mandolin until you slightly see through them.
- Place slices in a bowl of salted ice water to prevent discoloration.
- When ready to bake, drain slices and place on kitchen towels or paper towels. Blot to remove any extra water.
- Spray a baking sheet and lay slices on. With non-stick spray, lightly mist over the top of the potatoes
- Lightly salt & pepper potato slices.
- Put in oven for 10 minutes. Turn the slices over and bake for another 5 minutes.
- ⅓ c. Fresh, Crumbled Goat Cheese
- ⅓ c. Light Sour Cream
- 2 TB Mayonnaise
- 2 TB Skim Milk
- ¼ t. Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Handful Chives, chopped
- ⅛ t. Onion Powder
- Cayenne Pepper to taste
- Sea Salt & White Pepper to taste
- In a bowl, mix together ingredients expect for cheese and chives. (add sea salt AFTER add cheese so you can get a better salt level.)
- When well combined, gently stir in cheese and chives.
- Refrigerate for at least an hour.