BBQ “Potato” Chips

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UPDATE:  I have concluded I must have sliced these just perfectly the first time, as on subsezuent fryings, many did not stay crisp after cooling.  If you don’t get them VERY brown (just short of burned), slice them incredibly thin up front and also  eat them right out of the grease, they are inclined to soften up in the centers.  Only those sliced so thin you can almost read a book through the jicama slices will get/stay crisp.  Since that kind of thin uniformity is nigh on to impossible with anything short of a professional slicer or quality mandolin (neither of which do I own, as can both can be very dangerous to use) you may want to wait until you can get a mandolin.

These crispy little chips came out extremely close to the flavor of commercial BBQ potato chips!   We LOVED them!  So crisp, too.  The natural sweet edge in this vegetable lends itself to BBQ flavoring, as the commercial chips actually have unhealthy sugar added to their spice seasoning.  And best of all, these little snack chips are an Atkins Induction friendly recipe.  The dehydrated tomato powder I use is Goya brand in the Mexican section of your grocery store.  They make it in tiny cubes and blocks.  Of course, you can omit the spice blend for plain “Potato” Chips.  I also have a Nacho Cheese “Corn” Chip recipe you might like.

I have often wondered if you could deep fry jicama.  Honestly I just didn’t believe you could hide the sweet quality jicama has, which is actually a plus for BBQ seasoning here.  I also didn’t think I could ever slice it thin enough to work for something like this.  Well, I recently bought a little folding Rival slicer and it slices jicama VERY thin, but I do believe a mandolin would slice them even thinner.   These are delicious with burgers or by themselves!

These can also be made plain and those taste like real potato chips to me!   At 8 net carbs for this entire batch not bad all in all.  The plain ones even hold up to sour cream and yogurt dips.

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6 oz. jicama, peeled

Oil of your choice 1″ deep or more for frying (1T. is calculated into nutritional info below as absorbed, but I suspect less than that is actually absorbed)

Dash sea salt

¼ tsp. my Seafood Spice Blend

1/8 tsp. dehydrated tomato powder (optional)

DIRECTIONS:  Mix seasoning (and the crumbled tomato powder if using) into a paper plate (I poured mine into an empty salt shaker I keep for such purposes).  Set some paper towels on old newspaper by your cook top for draining purposes.  Peel and slice the jicama VERY thin, 1/16″ or less or they will not get crisp when cooked.

I use a Rival slicer set on the thinnest setting, but a mandoline set thin would also work.  It will take a very adept slicer to get thin enough slices with a knife, cutting by hand.  My food processor doesn’t slice this thin with either of the 2 slicing blades I have, but maybe you have a thinner blade than I and will try that method.

Heat oil in a deep skillet or deep fryer over high heat.  Drop one slice of jicama in the oil for a test fry.  If it browns too fast or burns, turn the fire down a wee bit to lower oil temp.   Drop about 6-8 slices in the oil next so as not to crowd and cool off the oil.  The bottoms brown first, so keep flipping them during frying for the most even browning.  If any areas in the center are white, those areas will NOT be crispy! White areas will be tough/chewy and nothing like a potato chip.  If browned throughout, they will stay crisp even after they cool off, an impressive fact for such a moist vegetable.  As soon as they are brown, lift them out of oil with a slotted spoon onto awaiting paper towels. While still hot and oily, sprinkle with salt and the spice blend on both sides.  Fry in batches until finished.  These are delicious!

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes about 20-25 chips.  The entire batch contains:

190 calories, 13.7 g  fat, 16.7 g carbs, 8.4 g  fiber, 8.3 NET CARBS  (for the entire batch), 1.3 g  protein, 196 mg sodium


4 thoughts on “BBQ “Potato” Chips

  1. Barbara J Murphy

    When I saw the picture I thought, oh no not pork skins ( I eat kosher so don’t eat pork)! I am thrilled to see it uses jicama so I can not wait to try this. I might try with fried zucchini which is also good. You really are brilliant and I always look forward to your recipes.

    1. I wouldn’t think you could get zucchini to get or stay crisp enough to fry as crisp as these. They have such high water content even if you salt/leach it out first. Hope you like these. We sure did. 🙂

  2. Linda Gross

    Peggy, where did you get your “Dehydrated Tomato Powder”? Can’t wait to try these BBQ “Potato” Chips. Thanks, Linda Gross

    1. As I state in the narrative, it is in the Mexican food aisle where the Goya products are stocked in most grocery stores. But now all stores will carry it. My Walmart does, and the Kroger we had on the coast carried it. I’m in Texas and more Goya products are readily available here. 🙂 If desperate, you could Google and see if anybody on-line carries it…….perhaps the Goya website itself?

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