Crispy, Oven Baked Sweet Potato Chips
You say sweet potato, I say crispy oven-baked sweet potato chips, for ever and ever, amen. For a savory, homemade, snackable treat, there aren’t many recipes that top this.
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I’m a savory girl — meaning, I will skip dessert any day of the week if it means more chips or fries or salty, crunchy anything. And while I might seem more virtuous because I lack a sweet tooth, fried starches aren’t exactly ... healthful.
Enter crispy baked sweet potato chips, made at home. The key here isn’t the sweet potatoes — in fact, the nutritional benefits of sweet potatoes over regular white potatoes is miniscule — it’s the oven. And, should you care, most versions of these chips are dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan. And all versions are delicious.
How to Make The Perfect Baked Sweet Potato Chips
This easy recipe for crispy baked sweet potato chips, from Liz Moody, is maybe as straightforward as they come.
Seriously, this is all you need:
- 1 large sweet potato (washed well, but not peeled)
- 1 tablespoon oil (suitable for high heat, such as peanut, canola, avocado, or coconut oil)
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Then, it’s all about how you cut and bake them.
To be blunt, cut them thin — as thin as your mandolin slicer will let you, or, if you have a steady hand, a sharp knife. Toss the sweet potato slices in a large bowl with olive oil, kosher salt, and anything else you’d like as seasoning, then give them space: each chip should lay flat in a single layer, atop parchment paper, on your baking sheet. Moody’s trick is to bake for 8 minutes at 425 degrees, then reduce the heat to 225 degrees and bake for an additional hour or so — depending on your particular oven. That initial high heat is the key to these chips’ perfect chip-y texture. Store in an airtight container to keep your chips crispy.
Moody offers a few other flavoring ideas as well — pumpkin pie spice, chipotle powder, rosemary, or a Mexican-esque combo of cocoa powder, nutmeg, and cayenne. Take a look in your spice drawer and don't be afraid to experiment! Chili powder? Sure. Black pepper and rosemary salt? Yum. Really, the sky's the limit.
Similar recipes for homemade sweet potato chips kick it up even further. One from One Green Planet calls for kale pesto — with fresh herbs, pine nuts, shiro miso, and nutritional yeast. Another blogger, Edible Perspective, not only includes detailed, specific instructions for fool-proof crispy chips but includes an avocado and Sriracha dip that's basically to die for. The Chalkboard adds beets for color.
Once you embrace the concept of oven-baked vegetable chips, you can riff endlessly — and deliciously. And these six healthy recipes don't disappoint.
Baked Veggie Chips
Rachael Ray does not hold back. This veggie chip recipe includes parsnips, celery root, and golden beets, along with the stalwart sweet potatoes — it’s basically your homemade Terra Chips dream come true. Using an olive oil spray helps crisp up every inch of these colorful mixed treats.
Zucchini Chips with Smoked Paprika
Here’s a tip: You don’t have to limit yourself to root vegetables. This insanely popular zucchini chip recipe, from All Day I Dream About Food, requires that you get some of the water out of the zucchinis first, just by salting them and setting them aside. Then break out your sheet pans and parchment paper, bake for 45 minutes at 250 degrees — and then let them sit for another hour. It’s a great snack that's worth the wait.
Crispy Roasted Eggplant Chips
Apparently zucchini isn’t the only summer vegetable that's begging to be baked to a crisp. This eggplant chip recipe, from Perfect Keto, includes garlic powder, dried basil, and oregano, as well as an additional secret weapon: Parmesan.
Baked Kale Chips
With little more than olive oil and sea salt, you can transform a head of dinosaur kale into a salty, snackable treat. This recipe, from Skinny Over 40, adds a little kick with cayenne.
Baked Plantain Chips
Plantain chips are typically deep fried until crispy — which is why they are so delectable. Here, Martha Stewart gives us a healthier take on the crispy, Cuban snack to be served with pico de gallo or alongside other Cuban treats, like arroz con pollo.
Homemade Apple Chips
If your tastes do happen to sit on the sweeter end of the spectrum, there’s always apple chips. This recipe, from Yummy Healthy Easy, incorporates sugar, cinnamon, and maple syrup. The rest of the technique is the same: Spread them out on parchment paper, bake low and slow, and enjoy!
Baked Potato Chips
Potatoes are also vegetables, okay? Give the American classic a bake-over!
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