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Party Hack: Make Your Own Flavor Kettle Chips

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These make-your-own-flavor kettle potato chips require no deep frying and no mess! Store-bought chips spend a few minutes in the oven, then are tossed in a blend of herbs + spices to kick up plain old chips!

four bowls of chips with raw ingredients

Kettle Style Potato Chips Your Way

So, you’re at the warehouse store stocking up for the big weekend party and all they have is plain salted kettle chips. That’s fine and all, but what if you could take that one giiiaaaant bag of chips and turn it into many different flavors in just a few minutes? And, without deep frying? Heck, yea!

Now, I can’t take credit for this method, but it’s too good not to share. I came across this hack in Rebekah Peppler’s cookbook À Table. This book has a plethora of recipes and tips for entertaining the French way. 

A Table cookbook by Rebekah Peppler

Her recipe for Upgraded Potato Chips was the inspiration for this. She tosses warmed chips with her own blend of spices for a kicked up accompaniment to drinks. 

You could honestly use any pre-mixed spice blend you love, but for a custom touch, I’ve come up with four DIY blends you can whip up to impress your guests!

a bowl of lemon and herb seasoned chips

Oh, The Flavors!

Brown Sugar Barbecue — a little sweet and a little smokey, it’s a classic flavor combo to satisfy die-hard traditionalists.

Lemon + Herb — fresh lemon zest and dried herbs are suspended in buttermilk powder to bring a green goddess freshness to the chips. (This one is my favorite!)

Rosemary + Parmesan — Fresh rosemary and grated parmesan with a little onion and garlic makes for a hearty flavored chip.

Sweet + Spicy Thai — This one packs in the flavor with a myriad of spices and herbs you’ll find in some of your favorite Thai dishes.

4 different bowls of kettle chips labeled with flavors

How to Season Your Store-Bought Kettle Potato Chips

This is ridiculously easy! 

  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F.
  2. Mix the spice blend of your choice in a small bowl.
  3. Spread the chips out on a sheet pan and bake for 5 minutes.
  4. Immediately sprinkle the spice mix all over the chips and toss to coat.

If you’re weighing out chips from a party-size bag, each blend will season 8 oz of kettle chips (or one standard size 8-8.5 oz bag of chips).

bowls of kettle chips and a beer

Helpful Tips + Serving Suggestions

The Lemon + Herb and Sweet + Spicy Thai blends would not hurt from a spin or two in a spice grinder. This can help break down the larger dried herbs and crushed red pepper flakes in the respective blends.

I recommend only baking the amount of chips you plan to eat or serve. They can be stored for a day or two, but will begin to lose their texture. They are best enjoyed the day you bake + season them! 

Serve these alongside burgers or sandwiches (like Italian Sub Party Sliders or Caramelized Pear + Onion Steak Sliders). They’re also perfect for elevating your game day spread. Or, serve them as a snack with beer or cocktails at a casual happy hour gathering.

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taking a kettle chip from a bowl and glasses of beer
a bowl of rosemary parmesan kettle potato chips

Make Your Own Flavor Kettle Chips

Sip + Sanity | Linda Feller
These make-your-own-flavor kettle potato chips require no deep frying and no mess! Store-bought chips spend a few minutes in the oven, then are tossed in a blend of herbs + spices to kick up plain old chips! (Inspired by Rebekah Peppler's 'Upgraded Potato Chips' from À Table.)
Prep time.2 minutes
Cook time.5 minutes
Total time.7 minutes
Course.Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine.American, Italian, Thai
Number of servings.8 varies

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 8 ounce store-bought plain kettle potato chips, 8 oz of chips for each seasoning blend

Brown Sugar BBQ Blend

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • teaspoon turmeric
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • pinch fine sea salt or kosher salt, or more, to taste

Lemon + Herb Blend*

  • zest of ½ a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon dried buttermilk
  • ¼ teaspoon dried chives
  • ¼ teaspoon dried tarragon
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch white pepper
  • pinch fine sea salt or kosher salt, or more, to taste

Rosemary + Parmesan Blend

  • 2 teaspoon parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch fine sea salt or kosher salt, or more, to taste

Sweet + Spicy Thai Blend*

  • zest of ½ lime
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil, or dried thai basil
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • teaspoon onion powder
  • pinch fine sea salt or kosher salt, or more, to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300°F.
  • Mix the seasoning blend of your choice.
  • Spread chips across a sheet pan and bake for 5 minutes.
  • Immediately sprinkle the seasoning blend over the chips and toss to coat.

Notes

*If you have a spice grinder, you may pulse the blends for Lemon + Herb and Sweet + Spicy Thai.
Each blend is enough to season 8 oz (or one 8-8.5 oz bag) of kettle chips.
Each blend calls for just a pinch of salt, plus more to taste. Start with just a pinch in the blend, season the chips, then taste a chip to determine if they need more salt.
Keywords.game day, oven, vegetarian
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  1. 5 stars
    These baked chips are a complete game changer. I love how you provided numerous options for seasonings that is so thoughtful.