When Hubs walked through the door the other night after work, he called out that dinner smelled good. He often enters the house this way (it’s either because I’m such a good cook… or it’s a self-preservation instinct to ensure future meals). However, that night I knew that I was going to disappoint his nose. What he probably smelled was the chicken in the oven (or the Easy Mac I in the microwave). I had a ‘slight’ side dish debacle.
I was making oven-baked ranch potato crisps, which I thought would be a pretty straight forward recipe. I’ve made a semi-prepared version of them before from ‘Let’s Dish‘ (a chain of stores that lets you prepare meals ahead of time and then keep them in your freezer until you are ready to cook). Their’s just had pre-sliced potatoes at the prep station that you placed in a freezer bag, tossed with some ranch seasoning, and then put in the freezer until ready to cook. Therefore I figured I should be able to make them myself. WRONG!
This was maybe more a problem of execution than a problem with the recipe. I cooked the potatoes for 15 minutes before I flipped them. At that time, they looked about halfway done and I put them back in for another 15 minutes. About 10 minutes later I noticed a slight burning smell. Maybe cooking the potatoes from frozen, prevents them from burning? Maybe it is the ranch seasoning that burned and I should just cook the potatoes and toss them in the seasoning afterwards while they are still hot?
Anyways, here is what I did. You probably shouldn’t repeat these steps exactly the same way.
Here is what you will need:
Slice the potatoes using your mandolin:
Coat with oil and toss with ranch seasoning:
Arrange in a singe layer on baking sheet:
Bake in pre-heated oven for 30 minutes, turning halfway through:
- 4 medium sized potatoes washed
- 2 tbsp of olive oil
- 3 tbsp of ranch seasoning (the kind to make homemade dressing from)
- Pre-heat the oven to 400 F (200 C).
- Slice the potatoes using the thickest setting on your mandolin. (Or about an 1/8 of an inch thick.)
- In a large bowl, coat potato slices in olive oil and toss with ranch seasoning.
- Arrange potato slices on a single layer, and bake in the oven for 30 minutes, turning once halfway through.