Last week my hubby and I went out for dinner and we ended up trying a new restaurant. One of the things on the menu was an appetizer made of homemade chips, drizzled with a cream sauce, topped with chunks of blue cheese and green onion. The grand finale was a reduction of balsamic vinegar drizzled across the top.
Now you would think it would have been heavenly. For me, it was just okay.
I felt that the sauce was bland and they served way more chips than the sauce, so towards the end you ended up eating just that…chips. I was a bit disappointed because I felt that they could have taken this dish from a 5 to a 10 with just a few adjustments to the recipe.
Today, I saw my two lonely sweet potatoes and thought I will take their dish from a 5 to a 10. LOL and I did. It was really good and I could have done way more damage, but I was trying to eat a small portion and eat more of the grilled veggies.
Honestly, it was hard…really hard.
Along with these tasty chips, I served grilled veggies and an oven baked side of cipollini onions drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
|Veggies tossed with olive oil and added to the grill for 10 minutes on medium heat. If you cook with the lid down, they cook a bit faster and the steam from the veggies helps the cooking process.|
|I peeled the Cipollini onions and placed them into a glass dish. Set my oven to 350. Sprinkled salt and pepper on top of the onions. I then added olive oil and balsamic vinegar and baked for 30 minutes. These onions are sweet and bite size.|
I am pretty sure this sauce and the goodies would work great on a big dish of sweet potato fries. These could be baked or fried depending on how you like to make them for your family.
Recipe: Sweet Potato Chips (or fries)
1 large sweet potato ( I usually get enough chips for my family of 5)
Canola or Peanut Oil
I use a mandolin to cut my slices very thin. A little less than an 1/8th of an inch. If they are too thin, like you can see through them, then they will burn. If they get too thick it may be hard to get them crispy.
I heat my oil to 350 degrees. You can use a thermometer to make sure your temp is right. Just keep in mind that the pot needs to be large enough to handle the chips boiling and bubbling up.
I don't do a lot at the same time. Maybe 10 slices. I use a pair of tongs to constantly push the chips into the oil. If they sit on top then you only cook one side.
I have some paper towels set out on a cookie tray. Let the chips cool slightly and sprinkle with salt.
NOTE: Sweet potato chips are harder to make than a regular potato chip, or maybe it is just me. Your sweet potato chips will be soft in the middle and crispy on the edges. There is a fine line between too down and under done. Just be patient and try a few single chips so that you can see how you like yours cooked.
Recipe: Blue Cheese Sauce
2 T. butter
2.5 tsp. of flour
1 cup of cream
1/4 cup of milk
1/3 cup of crumbled blue cheese
salt to taste
dash of pepper
1/4 tsp. of garlic powder ( use more if you want a stronger flavor)
In a small pan, melt butter and add flour. Cook for 1 minute. Add cream and milk. Continue cooking on medium, stirring often, until the sauce is creamy and bubbly.
Season sauce with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Add blue cheese and stir. Turn heat off and let sit for 10 minutes. This gives the blue cheese a chance to melt slightly into the sauce.
Drizzle on top of chips. Serve chips with green onions and balsamic vinegar.
OPTION: Add crisp bacon!