Are you tired of the same old potato chips that are full of preservatives and unhealthy ingredients? Do you want a healthier alternative but still crave that satisfying crunch and flavor? Look no further, because today we will be diving into the world of sweet potato chips. These crispy, flavorful snacks are not only delicious but also packed with nutrients. In this blog post, we will guide you through step by step on how to cook sweet potato chips in the comfort of your own home. So, get ready to tantalize your taste buds and impress your friends and family with this drool-worthy snack recipe. Trust us, once you try these homemade sweet potato chips, there’s no going back to store-bought options.
Are sweet potato chips healthy?
- Sweet potatoes are a nutrient-dense food, packed with vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, C, and potassium.
- Baking the chips instead of frying them makes for a healthier option without compromising on taste.
- You can adjust the amount of salt used to make your sweet potato chips even healthier.
Nutrition information of sweet potato chips
Nutrition information (per 1 serving):
- Calories: 120
- Fat: 6g
- Carbohydrates: 16g
- Protein: 2g
How to cook sweet potato chips?
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Mandoline slicer or sharp knife
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Wash and peel the sweet potatoes. Using a mandoline slicer or sharp knife, slice the sweet potatoes into thin even rounds.
- In a large bowl, toss the sweet potato slices with olive oil, salt, and pepper until they are evenly coated.
- Arrange the slices on the baking sheet in a single layer, making sure they are not overlapping.
- Bake for 10 minutes then flip the chips over and bake for an additional 8-10 minutes until they are crispy and lightly golden.
- Let them cool for a few minutes before serving or storing them in an airtight container for later use.
How to tell when sweet potato chips are done?
- Look for a golden color: Sweet potato chips should have a light golden color when they are done.
- Check for crispiness: When you touch the chips, they should feel dry and crispy all around. If they still feel soft or soggy, they need more time in the oven.
- Listen for a crunch: Take one chip out of the oven and let it cool for a few seconds before taking a bite. If you hear a loud crunch, they are done.
5 tips for best sweet potato chips
- Choose the right type of sweet potato: There are various types of sweet potatoes, each with their own unique flavor and texture. For making chips, it is best to go with orange-fleshed sweet potatoes as they have a sweeter taste and hold their shape better when cooked.
- Slice the sweet potatoes uniformly: To ensure even cooking and consistent crunchiness, it is important to slice the sweet potatoes into even rounds. A mandoline slicer will make this task easier and faster, but a sharp knife can also do the job.
- Use parchment paper: Lining your baking sheet with parchment paper will prevent the chips from sticking and makes for an easy cleanup.
- Make sure the slices are not overlapping on the baking sheet: Overlapping slices will result in uneven cooking and soggy chips. Make sure to arrange the slices in a single layer with some space between them.
- Keep an eye on them while baking: Sweet potato chips can go from perfectly crispy to burnt quickly, so it is important to keep an eye on them while they are baking. Check on them after 8 minutes of baking and adjust the time accordingly.
How to make sweet potato chips crispy?
To make your sweet potato chips extra crispy, here are a few tips:
- Slice the sweet potatoes as thin as possible.
- Soak the slices in cold water for 30 minutes before baking to remove excess starch.
- Dry the slices thoroughly before tossing them with oil and baking.
- Spread out the slices evenly on the baking sheet and avoid overlapping.
- Bake at a high temperature (375°F/190°C) for the perfect crunch.
- Flip the chips over halfway through baking to ensure even browning.
- Let them cool completely before storing in an airtight container to maintain their crispiness.
Why are my sweet potato chips burnt or soggy?
- Sliced too thick: If your sweet potato chips are burnt on the edges and soggy in the middle, it could be because they were sliced too thick.
- Overlapping slices: As mentioned earlier, overlapping slices will result in uneven cooking and soggy chips.
- Not dried properly: Excess moisture can prevent the chips from getting crispy, so make sure to dry the slices thoroughly before baking.
- Over-baking: Sweet potato chips can go from perfectly crispy to burnt quickly, so make sure to keep an eye on them while they are in the oven.
- Uneven slicing: Slicing the sweet potatoes unevenly will result in some chips becoming burnt while others stay undercooked.
- Do not keep a close eye on the temperature throughout the process: Remember, anything below 300°F (150°C) will compromise the crispiness of your sweet potato chips, as they will absorb excess oil. On the other hand, exceeding 340°F (170°C) will lead to burnt, bitter chips. Achieve mouthwatering perfection every time by monitoring your frying temperature.
How to serve sweet potato chips?
- As a snack: Sweet potato chips are perfect for snacking on their own or served with your favorite dip.
- In salads: Crumble them up and add them to your salads for an extra crunch and burst of flavor.
- With sandwiches or burgers: Swap out regular potato chips with homemade sweet potato chips to elevate any sandwich or burger.
- As a side dish: Serve them as a side dish with your favorite protein and vegetables for a well-rounded meal.
How long will sweet potato chips last?
If stored in an airtight container, sweet potato chips can stay crispy for up to 2-3 days. However, they are best enjoyed fresh out of the oven. To re-crisp them, simply pop them back in the oven at 375°F (190°C) for a few minutes before serving.
How to store sweet potato chips?
- Let them cool completely: Before storing sweet potato chips, make sure they have cooled down completely to avoid any condensation in the container.
- Use an airtight container: Storing them in an airtight container will help keep them fresh and crispy for longer.
- Avoid stacking or crushing the chips: To maintain their crunchiness, store the chips in a single layer or place parchment paper between layers if stacking is necessary.
- Keep them at room temperature: Sweet potato chips can be stored at room temperature for 2-3 days. If you want to keep them longer, store them in the refrigerator for up to a week.
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