Gourmet Potato Smileys

Welcome to the first episode of Chip Advisor! For our inaugural episode, we’re taking a trip down memory lane – this is the ultimate potato smiley recipe. While we all love the original, this update really does elevate these cheerful genderless potato faces to a God-tier snack.

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Potato smileys - the ultimate childhood nostalgia trip and one of the few instances where food having a face is nice (except Colin the Caterpillar and whitebait). I've taken this classic and tarted it up by combining the concept with a viral Tik Tok layered potato recipe. Flaky, crispy, buttery goodness. A face in your face. We love it. Remember - you say potato, I see potential.


Preheat the oven to 140°C. Use a mandolin or very sharp knife to cut super thin slices from each potato - they need to be thin enough that when you hold them up to the light the are opaque.

Place the butter in a saucepan to melt it. Carefully pour the clarified butter away from the white particles at the bottom.

In a brownie tin or deep baking tray lay a layer of overlapping potatoes, then brush them with clarified butter. Repeat this process using all the slices. This may take a while - put on a podcast!

When you've used up all the potato slices, place a layer of baking paper on top and top that with something heavy. Bake in the oven for around 2 hours, or until a skewer goes easily through the potato brick.

Leave to cool, wrap in clingfilm and set in the fridge, ideally overnight.

The next day, use a cookie cutter to cut circles from your layered potato brick. Use a metal straw to cut eyes and a spoon to fashion a mouth.

Preheat the oil to 170°C and fry the smileys in batches. Serve with ketchup for a real nostalgia trip.

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Hugh Woodward

Hugh Woodward

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