Happy National Hoff”Brau” Chip Day!!
(OK, we might be taking this one over a little too much) Technically, it’s National Potato Chip Day, each and every March 14th. But what better day to celebrate that craveable, still slightly hot appetizer you just can’t visit us without? (The proof’s in the pudding…we sold orders last year alone!) Nothing’s better riding side-saddle to our big burgers, and they make the best to-go’s you’ll ever have.
National Potato Chip Day celebrates the ever popular potato chip. Potato Chips are America’s #1 (might come in second only to jalapeno’s in Texas!) snack food. We’d argue that nothing goes better with Ranch. Mmmm….
The lowdown on these thin cut cuties?
Regular (or plain) potato chips are by far the most popular.
Other popular flavors are barbecue, sour cream & onion, oil & vinegar, and ranch.
In America alone 1.2 billion pounds of potato chips are savored every year.
Potato chips expanded and begun to be sold in bags in the early 20th century.
The flavored chips weren’t first manufactured until the 1930’s. Don’t you wish you had THAT idea?
Potato Chips originated in 1853 and were discovered by accident. They were invented in Saratoga Springs by an Irish chef named George Crum. The story goes that Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt was vacationing in New York and was dining in a restaurant. He had ordered fried potatoes but he was not satisfied with them and kept on sending them back to kitchen complaining that they were too thick. George Crum, the chef in the restaurant, got irritated and he decided to cut the potatoes in thin slices, fry them in oil, salt them and send them to the customer. He never knew that it would be liked instantly and become a huge favorite. The restaurant became well known for potato chips.
Make your own Brau chips! It’s actually pretty easy to do. provided you aren’t making 50 to 100 pounds at a time…like we do!
Hoffbrau Steak’s Own Brau Chips…Homestyle
- 3 to 4 washed whole potatoes, regular type
- Vegetable Oil
- Pepper, ground, both white and black
- Garlic seasoning (if you can only find garlic salt, eliminate using extra salt). However, separate garlic and salt will capture a more authentic flavor.
Peel potatoes, or leave unpeeled as desired. (We don’t peel ours!!!)
Slice potatoes very thin. Use a mandolin for this step. They’re cheap and easy to find. You’ll have 4 taters cut in as many minutes!
Put sliced potatoes into ice cold water, and set into the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes. This is key. You can even refrigerate overnight, as needed. This removes the starch from potatoes which will affect texture (key to taste!)
Drain potatoes and dry very thoroughly with paper towels. Any water can cause dangerous splattering of hot oil.
Heat oil to 375 degrees in a fryer.
Place a layer of potato chips into the fryer.
Fry chips to a light brown. Take them out before you think they’re ready! They burn fast! I estimate in a small Fry Daddy you should fry less than one and a half minutes. Stir them as they cook, if possible, with a set of tongs.
Drain basket and pour chips onto paper towels.
- Mix your seasonings together and place in a shaker. This will be an excellent compliment to almost anything, so save it. No shaker? Use a plastic baggie and season with your hands. Use equal quantities of each!
Season lightly to taste, tossing as you season!
Tip: Only put a few chips into the fryer at a time to avoid them sticking together.
Even Better Tip: Drop by Hoffbrau and order anything. Ask for extra, extra Ranch to go. (So you have a dip, silly!) Somethings just can’t be replicated….
Celebrating National Potato Chip Day is easy…. eat potato chips during meals and snacks. How do you take your Brau Chips?