Old School Middle Eastern Recipes with Some Modern Day Twists

Tag: Potato

Za’atar Roasted Potatoes

Za’atar Roasted Potatoes

These Za’atar Roasted Potatoes are the perfect side dish to any summer gathering. They have a delicious, crisp exterior with a luscious, smooth interior. And, may I add, it’s impossible to stop eating them. What takes these potatoes really over the top is, you guessed […]

Potato Kibbeh

Potato Kibbeh

In my husband’s family, Potato Kibbeh needs no introduction. I mean, can you get any better than spiced meat sandwiched between layers of silky potato? It is like the Middle Eastern version of Shepard’s Pie. What makes it taste Middle Eastern you ask? The spices! […]

Baba’s Potato Chips

Baba’s Potato Chips

Growing up, we had a deep fryer and used it for one sole purpose, Baba’s potato chips. Especially on fall weekends, it was always a treat to see Baba cutting potatoes and watching the golden deliciousness coming out of the bubbling fryer. Just add a little salt and pepper, ketchup and hot sauce, and you got yourself a nice crunchy snack. These potato chips are the perfect compliment to a nice fall Sunday of football viewing.

If you do not own a deep fryer, do not fret! You can still use a heavy bottom pot filled with oil to fry the potatoes to their perfect golden color.

Some pro tips from Baba himself:

  • After soaking the potato chips, make sure pat them dry. You do not want any excess water getting into the hot oil
  • No thermometer? No problem! You can test the temperature of the oil by adding a drop of water to the pot. If the water sizzles and bubbles, the oil is at a good temperature to add the potato chips.
  • Add hot sauce to your ketchup… because why not?! Tabasco it is!

Baba’s Potato Chips

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tsp salt
  • 5 cups water
  • 4 russet potatoes (small is preferable)
  • 6 cups vegetable oil
  • ground pepper

Instructions
 

  • Thoroughly wash potatoes
  • Cut both ends off of the potato to help ensure all potato slices are of similar size. About 1/2 inch from each end should be enough. Repeat for all potatoes
  • Thinly slice the potato into potato chip disks. The slices should be about as thick as a coin/quarter. Repeat for all potatoes
  • Combine salt and water into a large bowl
  • Place all potato slices into the bowl and allow to soak for 5-10 minutes
  • Remove potato slices from bowl and allow to dry in between 2 sheets of paper towels. Use more paper towels to pat dry if your potatoes are still very damp. It important that your potatoes are dried thoroughly before adding to the oil
  • Place 6 cups of vegetable oil into a heavy bottom pot (or your deep fryer). The number of cups depends on the size and width of your pot. If your pot is wide, you should use less. Please use your discretion in this step
  • If using a deep fryer: Set oil temp to 350F. Place slices in fryer. You want to add enough potato slices to allow each slice to have their own space to fry. Do not over stuff your fryer
    If using a pot: Heat oil over medium/high heat. Start frying when oil reaches 350F. Place slices in the pot. You want to add enough potato slices to allow each slice to have their own space to fry. Do not over stuff your pot
    If you do not have a thermometer, you can test the oil by adding a drop of water to the oil. If the water sizzles and bubbles, that means the oil is at the right temperature.
  • Fry slices until they become golden brown chips
  • Take slices out of the fryer using a heatproof strainer or slotted spoon
  • Place chips on a paper towel to remove any excess oil
  • Toss the chips in a bowl with salt and pepper to taste
Tata’s Potato Salad

Tata’s Potato Salad

This is NOT your grandma’s mayo filled potato salad! This is our Tata’s refreshing and tangy potato salad. This potato salad is very light and crisp with its fresh ingredients of parsley, green onion, and lemon juice. It’s the perfect summer potato salad and will […]

Potato Chop

Potato Chop

It’s hard to eat just one potato chop. Once you bite into these spiced meat potato patties you will understand why.  In the first bite, you sink your teeth into the crispy exterior of the fried potato, then encounter the silky potato interior, and finally, the […]