No, I’m not a total hypocrite. I love bagged chips. Cheetos. Lays. Pringles. Cheese. Sour Cream. BBQ Chicken. Honey Mustard. The more yellow my fingers get, the bigger the gratification, and the more enduring the self-abhorrence (which usually comes way way way way, way after). And even though homemade chips are fun and rewarding to make, I make no promises (by which I mean I will most definitely not) to abandon those airy, let’s face it, half empty sacs of processed, genetically modified, artificially flavored shingle of saturated fat (along with the other family of fats) and of course, chemicals whose names we have never heard of and can’t pronounce. Nonetheless, homemade chips are fun and rewarding to make! Especially when they are a fun color like orange and purple!
First, take your sweet potatoes and peel off the skin using a peeler. Rinse to clean as necessary.
Next, take your big boy (or girl) knife and cut the sweet potatoes into thin slices.
Next, prep the seasonings. Since I wanted a basic recipe, I simply used salt, freshly ground black pepper, chili flakes, and olive oil.
The best tools in the kitchen are your two hands. Mix the seasonings thoroughly with the sweet potatoes.
Line a baking tray with a silicone mat or parchment paper to prevent sticking and pour onto it the now well-seasoned bits. And we’re almost done. These chips are going into a preheated 200°C oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. And that’s the hardest part of the recipe: the wait.
But once you hear the merciless beeping of the oven, it’s time to take these babies out and let cool for a few minutes. And voilà, homemade sweet potato chips! A beautiful crunch, color, and the perfect sweet with savory taste.
Two important things with this recipe: (1) try to cut the slices evenly (alternatively you can use a mandolin) so each piece cooks evenly, and (2) do not overcrowd the baking tray; it’s best to have one layer of chips baking at one time.
You can, of course, use the same recipe and method with potatoes, and other veggies like carrot, and zucchini. What a fun way to bring a little variety and color to your kitchen and diet!
Freshly Ground Black Pepper