Omg! those are sooo pretty, but they taste pretty much the same as normal white potato chips, with perhaps an extra nuttiness to it… It’s actually a variety of potato called “Vitelotte” originally from Peru. I did some research and apparently the purple potato is an excellent antioxidant, helps lower blood pressure and has that same famous compound also found in blueberries and pomegranates, anthocyanin. A cancer killer and immunity booster! So jump on those chips!
Frying with olive oil isn’t unhealthy… that’s a myth. How else would you explain that Spanish people are the 2nd healthiest and longest living population on earth? They are the biggest consumer of olive oil and they love to fry, confit, marinade and just eat it plain with bread with it… it’s everywhere! The most important is not to over heat the olive oil when frying with it, never over 190C° (375F) for extra-virgin olive oil. But most people use the cheapest version with simple virgin oil and then you can reach 230C° (446F) without problems. Also, olive oil tends to lose most of it’s taste when cooking, but not it’s healthy antioxidant properties. I’ve also learned that this oil is great to fry because apparently it doesn’t infiltrate the vegetable has much as other frying oils (sunflower, canola etc). You can fry up to 4 times with the same oil before it’s no longer good. Between uses, you should filter it in a metallic sieve to which you add a paper towel! It cleans it right up! Oh, and don’t forget to put it in the trash and not into the sink.
- Vitelotte (purple potatoes) as many as you want
- Virgin olive oil
- Put the oil in a small sauce pan or fritter, to 3/4 of the top, bring to 190-200 C° (375F) or until you put the corner of one chip and hear it sizzle
- Cut the peeled or simply washed potatoes in fine slices with a mandoline. (do not wash them once cut)
- Add a few chips at the time. You can wait like a minute or so until almost no bubbles appear (this means the water is out)
- Put on paper towel and add a splash of salt
- Let rest 1 minute before serving
Enjoy! Serve chips alone or as a pretty side dish since they are incredibly good looking!