Hot Potato Chips with Blue Cheese Sauce

Hot Potato Chips with Blue Cheese Sauce
Food and Drink

Courtesy of Chef/Owner Bobby Flay, Bar Americain

Hot Potato Chips with Blue Cheese Sauce

Serves: 8
  • Potato Chips:
  • 4 large Idaho potatoes, peeled and sliced lengthwise into 1/8-inch thick slices
  • 2 quarts peanut oil or canola oil
  • Salt
  • Blue Cheese Sauce:
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small Spanish onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2  pound crumbled blue cheese, plus 1/4 cup for garnishing
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives

For Potato Chips:

Place the potato slices on a baking sheet between layers of paper towels to make sure they are very dry before frying.

Heat oil in a large saucepan until the temperature of the oil reaches 375° on a deep fat thermometer.  Fry the potatoes in small batches until golden brown on both sides, turning once. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a brown paper bag or another baking sheet lined with paper towels to drain and season with salt immediately.

*NOTE: If you don’t want to make homemade potato chips, you can substitute your favorite brand. Put them on a large baking sheet in a single layer and heat for 5 minutes in a preheated 350°oven.

For Blue Cheese Sauce:

Place the milk in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over low heat.

Heat the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook until soft. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the warm milk, and continue whisking until thickened, season with the salt and cayenne pepper. Continue cooking for 5 minutes, whisking occasionally.

Remove from the heat and stir in the cheese. If the sauce is too thick, thin with a little extra milk.

To Serve:

Pour the sauce into a bowl and top with more crumbled blue cheese and the chopped chives. Place the bowl in the center of a large platter and place the potato chips around the bowl.