Today, I have these baked potato chip cups for you based on the popular bacon cups. The other day, I had this Orange cauliflower based on the popular Orange chicken. You would think I am on this non-veg to veg conversion spree! I am so not! Wait. Am I? Maaayyy be… Yes, I am. No, not really. Ah well!
Growing up, our meals were pretty much limited to what our moms had learnt from our grandmas which meant the cuisine was mostly traditional & regional menus. Then there were days when mom got adventurous and tried her hand at some recipe that she had written down in her diary. Her sister had heard about it from her friend whose friend had eaten it her aunt’s neighbor’s party! A recipe from a different region of India or from India’s favorite neighbor (Oh oh..in terms of cuisine I mean. I stay away from dirty politics), China. A Punjabi curry or Chinese fried rice made by mom would steal our hearts and stomachs and leave us yearning for more.
Then came cable television with shows from all over the country including a couple of recipe shows which aired on Sundays and the whole family would watch with the same gusto whether or not we would make that at home. During these shows, when the chef prepared non-veg, my grandma would contort her face and make gag noises. My mom & aunt would simply switch the channel. They were not going to make it anyway right? My cousin. This girl was and is a rebel till date. She used to say, “Stop! Let’s watch. We can probably recreate it with potato or paneer (Indian cottage cheese)”. I must have been quite young when I heard this because it has stuck around in my head. Adults do not pay as much attention nor do teenagers I guess!
So, this young girl decided to pick up those words and my brain got automatically wired to look at food in a way that I could modify it to suit my tastes. So, the saga of vegetarianising non-vegetarian food in the form of Orange cauliflower and baked potato chip cups continues!
Getting down to making these baked potato chip cups, I have used a vegetable peeler to do the job for me. I wanted them to look as close to the authentic bacon cups as possible. You could use a mandolin slicer too. The edges sticking out of the muffin cups got slightly burnt.
I did not break them off before photographing the empty cups but I did break them off before serving. I filled them up with some raw-mango & cucumber salsa. You could fill them with anything of your choice.
It could be your grandma’s potato salad for the upcoming July 4th barbecue or just some spinach-artichoke dip for the football world cup game days or some Chole chaat for an evening tea or as a party starter.
I shall soon post the recipe for the raw-mango & cucumber salsa. The other filling ideas, just google away!
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Here’s how you make
Baked Potato Chip Cups