Sweet Potato Chips Dusted with Chili Powder
2 large sweet potatoes
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
Blue Cheese and Chive Dip:
1 cup sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise, store-bought
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 cup crumbled blue cheese
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1/2 bunch finely chopped chives, plus extra for garnish
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Blue Cheese and Chive Dip, recipe follows
Peel sweet potatoes and discard skin. Using the vegetable peeler or a mandoline make long thin chips by peeling/slicing lengthwise from top to bottom. Place in a bowl of ice water and chill for 1 hour. Drain in a colander and layout on paper towels and pat dry.
Combine chili powder, garlic powder, a pinch of cayenne, cumin and salt and pepper.
Heat vegetable oil in a large pot to 375 degrees F. Fry the potatoes in single layer batches for 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown. Lift chips out with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Season with the spice mixture and serve immediately. Serve as an appetizer with Blue Cheese and Chives dip.
Combine sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, blue cheese, honey and chives in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with chives. Serve with spicy and sweet potato chips.