Recipe Review

Martha Stewart’s Super-Simple Recipe for Waffle Chips Will Be Your Go-To Snack for Tailgating Season

published Aug 22, 2022
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For me, nights spent on the couch watching the big game or the latest Netflix sensation are often more about the snacking than what is on TV. From chips and dip to wings and guac, it’s all about having something to munch on while being engrossed in the activity.

Sometimes, though, we want to elevate those snacks a bit — and Martha Stewart’s recipe for homemade waffle chips are way better than anything we’ll get out of a bag at the grocery store. And surprisingly, they’re super simple to make.

Waffle chips, which are known in French as gaufrettes, are crispy and crunchy chips that have a waffle-like texture. They take no time to make, which means they are a cinch for last-minute entertaining or snacks for watching movies or family game night. 

Martha starts by slicing baking potatoes at 90-degree angle using the fluted blade of a French mandoline. This method creates the fun waffle shape. She then lets the potatoes soak in cool water in order to avoid browning. 

For the frying part, you’ll need to heat oil in a Dutch oven (or other high pot), pat the potato slices dry, and add the potato slices to the oil in batches. They fry until golden, which just takes about two minutes. Then let the potatoes rest on a dry paper towel so that excess oil can drain out, sprinkle with salt, and you’re done. It’s as simple as that and the chips can be stored in an airtight container for up to four days.

While Martha suggests enjoying these as a hors d’oeuvre with caviar and sour cream in the video, don’t be afraid to switch things up a bit. There are all sorts of dips that would be lovely with these chips. Perhaps a cowboy caviar — for a fresh and summery element — or a chorizo queso to make things a touch more spicy and cheesy.

You can get the complete recipe for Martha Stewart’s waffle chips here and check out the step-by-step video below.