Thinly sliced potatoes are a great alternative to boiled, mashed, or baked potatoes. Thinly sliced potatoes are also great for unique toppings like cheese and sour cream or bacon and chives. Here is the step-by-step guide on how to make these lovely spuds.
Preparing for the Potatoes
Before you start cutting your potatoes, first take a pot with cold water up to one inch over the top of the potatoes.
The day before, wash and dry the potatoes. Peel them with a paring knife or peeler, and then cut them into thin strips using a mandolin or V-slicer.
Arrange a layer of sliced potatoes onto a serving plate and cover with plastic wrap directly on top of them so they don’t dry out, and then sprinkle with salt and black pepper as desired.
Thinly sliced potatoes are great for unique toppings like cheese and sour cream or bacon and chives.
Here’s how you can make your own thinly sliced potato strips:
Fill a pot with cold water up to one inch over the top of the potato slices. Cover and bring the water to a boil over high heat. Add the potatoes and cook until they are fork-tender, about 8-10 minutes. Drain in a colander set over a bowl. Slice into thin strips using a knife, mandolin, or V-slicer (food processor). Arrange a layer of sliced potatoes onto a serving plate and cover with plastic wrap directly on top of them so they don’t dry out, and then sprinkle with salt and black pepper as needed.
Tips on Thinning
When preparing potatoes for slicing, make sure they’re completely cold before adding them to the pot. After boiling, drain the potatoes in a colander set over a bowl, and then rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process. To keep your potato strips from drying out, place a layer of plastic wrap directly on top of them and then sprinkle with salt and black pepper as soon as they are sliced.
It is important to make sure that you have the right knife or slicer for thin slicing potatoes. A mandolin slicer works well for this, as does a V-slicer. If using a knife, it’s best to use a sharp chef’s knife.
You can also use your hands and cut these slices with two small hands or two forks (one on each hand). For thinner slices, place the potato under running cold water in the sink and allow it to sit for about 10 seconds, then pat dry before slicing.
These thinly sliced potatoes are a delicious alternative to their traditional counterparts and are easy to make at home!
Now that you have the tools, you can learn how to make the perfect, thin slices of potatoes for your healthy and delicious side dish.
To make them easier to cook, lay a layer of salt on the bottom of the pot before adding the potatoes. If you want them to be crispy, then lay a layer of butter or oil on top of the potatoes before you start cooking them.