How To Make Dark Potato Chips

Here’s a simple, easy to follow guide to make dark potato chips at home …

Make Dark Potato Chips With Russet Potatoes

The key factor in dark potato chips is the potatoes themselves. Russet potatoes, generally available at any local supermarket, are what you want for this recipe …

There’s still a common misconception that dark potato chips are somehow cooked longer, but it’s not true. The distinctive deep golden brown color and “well done” flavor is the result of using potatoes with a slightly higher sugar content, and russet potatoes fit the bill.

Best of all, russets are typically available in bulk five or ten pound bags. They’re normally less expensive than standard baking potatoes, so you get more bang for the buck!

When the russet potato is cooked in oil (more about that in a minute), the higher sugar content caramelizes. This turns the chip a deeper golden brown versus a standard chip. In fact, dark potato chips are cooked the same length of time as regular chips – it’s the magic of the higher sugar content and caramelizing which makes them a deeper color.

How To Make Dark Potato Chips: Follow These Steps

Step One: Once you’ve bought the russet potatoes, wash them thoroughly in a spray of cool water. Pat them dry with a paper towel and let them stand until they’re completely dry …

How To Make Dark Potato Chips

How To Make Dark Potato Chips

Step Two: Now it’s time to gather your ingredients. For your first batch, we recommend using 3-4 medium potatoes. That way, you can tweak the preparation if you’re not totally satisfied with the results and you’ll have plenty of potatoes left over.

For this recipe, all you need is a flat cookie sheet, two tablespoons of cooking oil, and seasoning to taste. For the oil, we like to use sunflower as the chips tend to be crispier. Any oil works, though. Use whatever you have on hand – olive oil, canola, vegetable, etc.

Step Three: Now it’s time to slice the potatoes. You can peel the potatoes or leave the skin on, it’s totally up to you.

A good rule of thumb is 1/8″ slices … not too thick or thin. You can use a sharp knife, but we recommend a sturdy, inexpensive potato chip slicer. You want the potato slices to be the same width to ensure they cook evenly …

Step Four: Once your potatoes are sliced, it’s time to prep and cook. Brush a thin coating of oil on the cookie sheet and spread the potato slices evenly on the sheet. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees and bake for 25 minutes. You can adjust the cooking time depending on your oven and how “well done” you like your chips …

Step Five: Remove the cookie sheet from the oven. Cover a paper plate with paper towels and scoop the chips onto the plate. This will remove any excess oil.

Now it’s time to season the chips. This all comes down to personal taste, but we tend to keep it simple. Nothing brings out the potato flavor like a sprinkle of salt and a couple turns of fresh cracked pepper. However, get creative if you like! Paprika, sea salt, chili powder, and flavored peppers are just a few ideas to add your own personal signature …

Storing Your Homemade Chips

If you don’t eat all the chips in one setting (very possible!), you’ll want to store them properly. Fresh oven baked dark potato chips will stay fresh for three to four days. Use a sealed container, like a Tupperware container, and enjoy!

So, there you are … how to make dark potato chips in five easy steps! If you’ve got a recipe for dark chips you’d like to share, we’d love to hear about it. Just reach out to us at our contact page