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One of my all-time favorite snacks is Potato Stix. You know the ones—those crispy matchsticks sold in indestructible tins providing the ultimate protection against breakage. I’ve always opted for the supersized container, which reminds me of the extra-tall Folgers coffee cans my grandma would use. The edge of the can would lightly scratch my forearm when I tried to reach the bottom for the crumbs. Ah, those glorious crumbs were everything to me.

Nowadays, I use Potato Stix to add crunch to everything from lobster rolls to salads. Sadly, they’re becoming harder to find, so I’ve developed this recipe for extra-crispy potato sticks. They’re not quite the same, but they do offer a fabulous crunch. And they’re amazing dipped into chipotle mayo.

Do It Ahead: The chipotle mayo can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Reprinted with permission from Just Cook It