The dipping sauce really takes things to the next level. But if you don’t like spicy dips, start with just a tiny bit of cayenne (or none) and adjust from there.
Also, feel free to use more cheese and/or bacon to your taste. Never hurt anyone except their pants size.
Cheesy Bacon Oven Chips
- 1 large, uniformly-shaped russet potato, scrubbed well and sliced into 1/8″ rounds*
- cooking spray
- 3/4 C. shredded colby jack or cheddar cheese
- salt & pepper to taste
- 2 T. crumbled bacon (about 2 slices) – I used real bacon bits
- chopped parsley or chives, for garnish (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bring sliced potatoes to a boil in cold, salted water to cover for 5 minutes. Carefully drain, and transfer slices to a paper-towel lined countertop or cutting board. Pat to dry.
Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray, and lay out potato slices so they are overlapping on it. Spray lightly with additional cooking spray, then sprinkle with salt & pepper to taste. Sprinkle evenly with shredded cheese & bacon. Bake 12-14 minutes in preheated oven until cheese is melted & bubbly. Serve with chipotle ranch sauce (recipe below). Serves 2.
*You can use 2 medium-sized potatoes rather than 1 large. Also, I like to leave the skin on but you can peel the potatoes if you prefer.
Chipotle Ranch Dipping Sauce
- 1 T. ranch dressing
- 3 T. sour cream
- 1/4 t. chipotle chili powder
- 1/8 t. cayenne (adjust more or less depending on how spicy you want).
- 1/8 t. salt
- 1/8 t. garlic powder
Place all ingredients in a small bowl, and stir to combine. Refrigerate any leftovers.