Vinaigre A L'Estragon Chips

April 16, 2013
1 Ratings
  • Serves 1 or 2
Author Notes

Once upon a time many years ago, there was a tiny stall on the Santa Monica Pier that made potato chips to order and wrapped them in newspaper to take out. Crispy, salty and delicious , they were the perfect handmade potato chip. Potato chips are (one) of my guilty pleasures and so easy to make. Vinegar and sea salt chips are just as easy as any kind of chip. The vinegar flavor is much more subtle than the grocery kind and you can control the amount of salt. —dymnyno

What You'll Need
  • 1 large russet potato (9 ounces)not peeled
  • 2 cups Vinaigre A L'Estragon (tarragon vinegar)
  • enough oil , Canola or vegetable oil 2 inches deep in a deep pot
  • sea salt
  1. Use large russet potatoes that are uniformly shaped and set your mandoline to produce very thin slices about 1/8 inch thick.
  2. Put the slices in a large nonreactive bowl and add enough vinegar to cover. With your hands, toss the potatoes so that all sides are marinated in the vinegar and they don't stick together. Leave in the vinegar for about 15 minutes.
  3. Pour about two inches of Canola or vegetable oil into a deep pot and heat to about 300 degrees.
  4. While the oil is heating, remove the potato slices from the vinegar and spread over a tea towel and dry with paper towels.
  5. Carefully (watch the hot oil) slip the potato slices into the oil. Don't add too many at once; they will cook more evenly if you don't fry the whole batch at once. Poke the slices around with a metal skimmer to evenly cook the chips. As the potato chips start to turn golden, remove them at once. They will continue to keep cooking as you remove them with the skimmer. Sprinkle with some sea salt and they are ready to eat.

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11 Reviews

dymnyno October 14, 2013
Back when this was entered in a contest it didn't make the final cut. Will someone tell me if I left out a step that made it fail the fellow cook who tested it? (I am just won't hurt my feelings)
creamtea June 16, 2013
Was hoping you'd submit these to the Road Food Snack contest!
EmilyC April 26, 2013
Oh wow these look fabulous. I asked for and received a deep fryer a few years ago for mother's day (weird, I know) so I need to dust it off and try these soon!
drbabs April 26, 2013
OMG, love this!
dymnyno April 26, 2013
Thanks! Tarragon is one of my favorite herbs (although other flavored or plain vinegar will work).
gingerroot April 25, 2013
Salt and vinegar chips are my favorite and guilty pleasure. Can't wait to make my own.
TheWimpyVegetarian April 22, 2013
Oh I would love these, Mare!!
mrslarkin April 17, 2013
these sound great dymnyno!!
creamtea April 17, 2013
These look really good. Addictive even. The kids used to love SM Pier when they were little
em-i-lis April 16, 2013
dymnyno April 16, 2013
Thanks! I ate the whole batch myself.