Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Totally Awesome Sweet Potato Chips

I cannot claim responsibility for this brilliant recipe; I found it over on the blog Everyone Is Vegan via Taste T.O.'s weekly blogger round up. So, I guess you could say then, that the people over there found it.

Long story short: you can make awesome, crispy Terra Chip style chips in your oven.

I know, it seems impossible.

But, never question a girl whose favourite food is potato chips and who happens to have given them up for Lent. If there's an awesome substitute to be had, you'd better believe I'm having it. These are ah-may-zing. I've made two batches thus far and they're just... drool. My new favourite snack.

Once they're baked, I don't know how long they'll keep for, as we've never managed to keep them around for more than a few hours.

In fact, I only have pictures of the first batch, because the second one (yam with our favourite curry powder) got inhaled too quickly.

This batch was made with Korean sweet potatoes. They have a really interesting grain to them as they bake up.

Sweet Potato Chips

(from Everyone is Vegan)


1 large sweet potato, peeled
1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil, melted
¼-½ tsp kosher salt
(optional: mix in ¼ tsp spicy curry powder with the salt)


1. Arrange racks in oven so that you have one in the bottom 1/3rd and one in the top 1/3rd. Preheat oven to 200ยบ. Line two large baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Use a mandoline to slice your potato lengthwise into long, thin strips. You want them to be about 1/16" thick. Resist the urge to make them too thin at the start, because as they cook, they'll lose their moisture and have the potential to become too thin and more like a wafer than the crunchy potato chip that you're after.

3. Toss with coconut oil and place strips on sheets. If you can avoid overlapping, awesome. If not, don't worry about it, you can fix that later. Sprinkle with salt (and seasoning if you're going that route).

4.Bake in oven for 3-4 hours or until totally dry and crispy. Don't be afraid to let them go even longer if they are even the slightest bit chewy. Turn (and separate) slices every hour or so to get even crisping.

5. Brag to your friends about your accomplishments.


Jill said...

These look amazing! I love potato chips, but love Terra chips even more. Definitely going to be making these soon!

Nicole, RD said...

Those look amazing! I love Terra chips!

Ainslie Greig said...

Yay! I'm so glad you like these so much, yours look awesome. I'm a total chip addict in recovery too, but between these and kale chips I've pretty much got 'er covered! I'm curious to try experimenting with other root veggies and flavours...celery root salt & vinegar maybe?!

Alyson said...

Jill & Nicole, let me know how they turn out!

Ainslie - seriously, I think the greasy stuff of yore might be going out the window. I got turned on to kale chips earlier this year and with these? Man oh man. I'm planning on attempting a mixed batch with parsnips, beets, purple potatoes next. The celeriac /w salt and vinegar sounds awesome. That would be some intense flavour.

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