Sweet Potato Chips with Caramelized-Onion Dip

August 2006
Sweet Potato Chips with Caramelized-Onion Dip

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For easy slicing, choose a wide-blade vegetable peeler with a non-slip handle.

Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 25 mins

Cook: 20 mins

Ingredients
  • 3 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 sweet potatoes
Directions
  1. In a medium saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until caramelized, about 15 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 5 minutes more; let cool.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the sour cream, mayonnaise, milk and vinegar. Stir in the onion mixture and chives; season to taste with salt and pepper and refrigerate.
  3. Heat the remaining oil in a medium, deep skillet fitted with a deep-frying thermometer until the oil registers 350 degrees . Meanwhile, peel the sweet potatoes and thinly slice them crosswise into thin rounds with a vegetable peeler. Rinse under cold running water and pat dry.
  4. Fry the sweet potatoes in 5 or 6 batches, turning frequently with tongs, until crisp, about 3 minutes per batch. Drain on paper towels.
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