Sunday, October 28, 2012

Blue Cheese Chips

Again I have my dear sister to thank for introducing me to Bistro Byronz. She kept raving about a Hors d’ Oeuvre there called Bleu Cheese Chips. This dish is a plate full of homestyle potato chips covered in a wonderful blue cheese sauce and garnished with green onions. She was convinced the sauce was similar to alfredo sauce. Not long after this conversation I saw Bobby Flay make something similar on the grill. So we decide to try alfredo sauce drizzled over Zapp's potato chips and garnished with blue cheese and green onions. It was a big hit with the family. She then brought the dish to a party where her friends were amazed that she re-created the recipe. This dish can easily be served buffet style. Just warm the alfredo sauce in a small crock pot made for dips. Set out other ingredients and let guest make their own plates.

Today I decided to make a healthy version by making homemade baked potato chips and low fat ingredients. The challenge was baking the potato chips. My first attempt was a fail. I used a mandoline to slice the potato to 1/8" thick, but one side of the chip was thick, one side thin. This produced a finished chip that was dark brown on one end and soggy on the other. I find that hand slicing the potato produced a more even thickness. SUCCESS! I guess I need practice on the mandoline.

Blue Cheese Chips
Serves 1 or 2

1 medium russet potato, sliced 1/8" thick
Olive oil cooking spray
Salt and black pepper
2 Tbsp. light Alfredo sauce
2 tsp. reduced fat Blue Cheese, crumbles
1 green onions, sliced

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Slice the potato in 1/8" thick slices as even in thickness as possible. Arrange on a baking cooling rack sprayed with cooking spray on top of a cookie sheet. Spray the potato with cooking spray and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 10 minutes and then rotate the pan and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool a bit. The chips will crisp a little more as they cool.

Warm alfredo sauce in the microwave for 30 seconds. Arrange half the chips on a plate or bowl. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp warm alfredo sauce and top with 1 tsp blue cheese. Repeat with the rest of the ingredients and garnish with green onions.

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