A potato chip (American English) or crisp (British English) is a thin slice of potato that has been deep fried, baked, kettle-cooked, or popped until crunchy. Potato chips are commonly served as a snack, side dish, or appetizer. The basic chips are cooked and salted; additional varieties are manufactured using various flavorings and ingredients including herbs, spices, cheeses, other natural flavors, artificial flavours and additives. More generally, crisps and chips include savory snack products made from not just potato, but also corn, tapioca, banana, or other cereals, and other root vegetables (e.g., sweet potato and carrot), and other fruits.
Potato chips are a predominant part of the snack food and convenience food market in Western countries. The global potato chip market generated total revenues of US$16.49 billion in 2005. This accounted for 35.5% of the total savory snacks market in that year ($46.1 billion).
Let’s make Oven Baked Potato Chips
- Pam spray olive oil
- 1 russet (baking) potato, about 8 ounces, scrubbed
- 1 teaspoon crumbled dried rosemary (optional)
- Salt to taste
Spray two baking sheets lightly with some of the oil. Using a mandoline or hand-held slicing machine slice the potatoes crosswise 1/8-inch thick and arrange them in one layer on the baking sheets. Spray slices lightly with the oil and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until they are golden throughout. (They will brown at different rates.) Transfer them to paper towels and sprinkle them with salt and rosemary, if desired, while they are still hot.