Saturday, November 15, 2008

Homemade Tortilla Chips

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I love my deep fryer. I really do! And tomorrow ... fried shrimp is on the plan! But one of my favorite snacks when I have a desire for some crunch are homemade deep fried tortilla chips. With just a little salt right out of the fryer and I don't even need any salsa. Okay, well, sometimes I don't even need the salsa. If you have a good deep fryer, give 'em a try sometimes. They really are delicious!

Preheat the fryer to 350 degrees.  Take a stack of 4 or 5 plain old yellow or white corn tortillas - or a combo of both if ya want.

Cut them in half and in half again and again ...

... until you have some triangles like this. You can also cut them into strips if you want to use them as a garnish.

Lower the basket on your fryer and carefully drop in about half of them. They will bubble up a lot at first. Stir them up carefully with a slotted metal spoon to keep them from sticking. It only takes a minute or so, but you'll know when they are ready when they begin to bubble less and you can now hear them "click" as you stir them.

Shake 'em in the basket over the fryer a bit, dump 'em out on some paper towels, salt immediately as they come out, and transfer to a plate while you cook up the other half.

Break larger chips up, or use the strips to garnish chili or soup. 

Serve with some salsa and eat 'em up. They go fast and don't be surprised if you don't decide ya gotta have some more! Luckily that fryer is probably pretty hot still and will heat right back up in no time.


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