Corn Chip Strips

Lara Ferroni
Fritos are one of the few packaged products out there made from real food: they're just corn, corn oil, and salt. These corn chips are almost as simple, but have a slightly more complex flavor. Look for masa harina in the Mexican food aisle of most well-stocked grocery stores. To refreshen day-old chips, simply toast them for five minutes in a 350°F oven. 

These chips are naturally gluten-free and vegan. 
 
See also: Lara Ferroni's Crunchy Cheese Puffs

Ingredients
  • 1 cup (150 grams) masa harina 
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed oil 
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) water 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional) 
  • Safflower oil, for frying 
  • Salt 
Procedure

Combine the masa harina, flaxseed oil, water, salt, and cayenne pepper, if using, in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the dough blade. Pulse until a crumbly dough forms, about 1 minute. 

Turn the dough out onto a wooden cutting board dusted with masa harina and gather it into a ball. Divide the dough ball into 4 pieces. Keep the dough you aren't working with covered with plastic wrap. Working with one dough ball at a time, place the dough on the prepared cutting board. Roll out the dough until it is slightly less than 1/4 inch thick. Prick the dough all over with a fork and cut it into 3/4-by-1 1/2-inch rectangles. 

Heat at least 1 1/2 inches of oil in a heavy-bottomed pot to 350°F. Using a spatula or bench scraper, carefully transfer the dough rectangles to the oil. Fry the chips until they are a light golden brown, about 1 minute, turning once or twice. Remove the chips with a slotted spoon and place on a wire rack to drain. Repeat with the remaining dough. 

Once the chips are slightly cooled, transfer them to a small paper bag. Season to taste with salt and shake to coat. 

(c)2012 By Lara Ferroni. All rights reserved. Excerpted from Real Snacks: Make Your Favorite Childhood Treats Without All the Junk by permission of Sasquatch Books.

Yield: 
About 4 cups chips
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