Appalachia Appalachian Food

Granny’s Oven Potato Chips

Easy oven fries
Do you ever get a craving for a salty snack? I do. When I was a little girl and wanted something to snack on Granny would make us a pan of oven potato chips. These days, I still make them for a quick snack, but I also make them to go with hamburgers or hot dogs.

Sometimes I dip mine in ketchup sometimes I dip them in mustard – either way they’re good.

Homemade potato chips

When Granny was a little girl (that’s her above with her Mother Gazzie) she was beyond a picky eater. She said she’d rather go hungry than eat certain foods…and sometimes she did just that go hungry instead of eating whatever her mother was serving for dinner or supper. Granny was a stubborn little girl too.

One thing Granny did like was potatoes. She said sometimes when she was hungry, but too picky to eat what was offered, she’d slice a potato really thin and cook it on top of the wood cook stove. She’d sprinkle them with salt and scoff them up.

To make Granny’s Oven Potato Chips peel a potato or 2 and slice them into thin circles. If you have one of those nifty hand slicers they work perfect for slicing the potatoes. You can play around with how thick or thin you want them. The thicker they are the longer they take too cook and if you get them too thin they burn or stick to the pan in an impossible manner.

Spread the sliced potatoes out on a lightly oiled cookie sheet, sprinkle them with salt or what ever seasoning you prefer, and cook them under the broiler of your oven.

Easy oven potato chips

You have to watch them close. Once they began to puff up and turn light brown, take the pan out and flip the potatoes over so that the other side can cook.

Making potato chips in the oven

Once the other side is browned they are ready to eat. Doesn’t take long for them to cook under the broiler, so you do have to keep a close eye on them.


Portions of this post were originally published here on the Blind Pig and The Acorn in January of 2011.


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    James Smithson
    March 8, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Bless her heart but Granny Honeycutt was a terrible cook. She may have been a good one early on but as she got older it was bad. Now you must remember this is the recollections of a boy of about 6 12 years old. My Momma Mary was one of the best cooks ever and after I went in the Army I longed for the good cooked food of home. She must have learned from Granny Honeycutt so she was a good cook at one time then.

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    March 7, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Hi Tipper,Its chicken and dumplings tonight,but some of those taders tomorrow night.Never put them under the broiler before but will.Beautiful family picture! Shril mentioned baking potatoes in ashes,on one of our visits to the 1950s,we went over to uncle Roys house and he was baking his 5 children potatoes in the fire place,first time this Wi.girl ever saw that done.I’m thankful for my Ky. memorys.Uncle Roy was a part time moonshiner, he had got cought and spent some time on a work farm,they let him out early when his wife past away. our visit was shortly after he come home and had the 5 children to raise alone.God Bless.Jean

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    b. Ruth
    March 7, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    I am into a bowl of your Granny’s tater chips….so good! I had forgotten how good these baked potato chips were. I was going to get my mandolin down so to cut them more even, but was in a hurry to slice me up and bake them. For more servings…the next time I will slice more thru the mandolin so they will be even In size and cook more at the same time…..Don’t get me wrong…none went to waste here…
    This is definitely a comfort food…Sniff, sniff, sniff…tears are rolling after hearing Peyton Manning’s
    retirement speech. We really love that guy, as do both my football loving sons and husband. He is a class act….Think I will make some more of these chips….maybe for supper….I better not founder myself since I am in an emotional state right now….
    Thanks Tipper for reminding us of the old way potato chips were made by our grandmothers in Appalachia……

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    b. Ruth
    March 7, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    We love potatoes! I’m not sure we would have survived in the forties/fifties without these staples.
    Dry beans/peas…taters…turnips…beets and cabbage (slaw was made at every meal even if Mom cooked cabbage and carrots..ha)…Chicken and pork when we had meat! ha
    We baked potato slices like yours…and called them chips as well…Much better for you than bagged or fried potato chips of today…We baked thicker sliced sweet taters too….
    My blood test showed I had too much uric acid…so bye bye goes the dried beans…baked salmon…shellfish…etc…high purine foods…
    Potatoes are fine so I’m going to bake me some slices like yours today, like we did back in the day…I think the flavor comes from the nice brown toasties…I have added garlic salt or seasoning, cheese flavoring…etc…
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS….My daffodils are blooming and the over planted white Bradford pears are in full bloom in areas of Knoxville…

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    Janis Sullivan (Jan)
    March 7, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Thank you Tipper. I never dreamed I would win. I now have the Rada catalog, and I may order other things. Thanks for the potato chip recipe. My grandmother used to make them in a pot of oil. I used to brag in the second grade that we were the only house that made our own potato chips and doughnuts. How silly I was back then. Thanks so much. I sure do enjoy the recipes and I love the music. Thanks ever so. Jan Sullivan

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    Ken Roper
    March 7, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Congradulations to Jan on winning the Rada Scraper. I’ve never used anything like that before, but it looks nice and simple.
    Those sliced potatoes look good, I’m gonna try it later today. I ain’t never had any homeade tater chips and I bet I mess up and let ’em burn or something. After getting my blood work today, I’m craving a French Dip from Arbys, that’s one thing I love…Ken

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    Wanda Devers
    March 7, 2016 at 9:53 am

    They look delicious! When I was little we would get pieces of raw potatoes while Mama was peeling them. They were so good with a little salt. We had homemade french fries last night–a special treat we have once in a while. I ate the handful of leftovers cold late last night.

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    March 7, 2016 at 9:15 am

    My favorite way to cook potatoes as a child was to put them right in the ash bed of the coal stove. It took a lot of cleaning before you could eat them, but they were so delicious. I never had homemade or store bought potato chips until I was grown. Mom fried potatoes every day to go with the soup beans and cornbread she fixed. She fried nearly everything. I guess it was easier with a coal heated oven that was hard to regulate.

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    March 7, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Looks delicious. I can no longer eat many potatoes, so wondered how this would work with sweet potatoes, turnips, or some lower carbohydrate food. Anyway bet I know some cute little children who might love this.

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    Miss Cindy
    March 7, 2016 at 7:44 am

    I never met a potato I didn’t like. I’ve always loved potatoes and I was also a picky eater as a child but I would always eat mashed potatoes and spinach. Those oven fried potatoes sure do look good!

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    Ron Stephens
    March 7, 2016 at 7:28 am

    I like the idea of homemade potato chips. We never made anything like this growing up, not sure why not as potatoes were a staple. I want to try to make them in the dehydrator….
    I dug up some volunteer red potatoes from the garden yesterday. They originate from the ones I miss when I dig them in July. I keep thinking they are trying to tell me something. The ones I dig up are all shriveled and sprouted long before now. The ones I dig are plump and firm and very juicy. I am inclined to suspect I could both grow a second and better fall crop and store them best by leaving them in the ground and digging them as I need to. I just need to try it and see what happens.

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