I love this sweet potato chips recipe.
Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite vegetables and I eat them often. The nice bonus about them is that they are really healthy too, much better for us than eating regular potatoes (which I have to admit I love too).
This is a very simple recipe as you can see from the list of ingredients. It takes the simple sweet potato and amps it up with just a little olive oil and sea salt. It’s simple, healthy and fabulous.
Here is the brief version of the sweet potato’s natural health benefits:
Sweet potatoes contain almost twice as much fiber as white potatoes. They are heart-healthy, containing a significant amount of Vitamin B6 and potassium. It also contains manganese which helps your body metabolize carbohydrates and is rich in Vitamins C and E and beta-carotene, an important anti-oxident. So switch out your white potatoes often for these orange beauties and easily up your health profile.
Baked Sweet Potato Chips
- 2 sweet potatoes, medium, scrubbed and peeled
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, extra-virgin
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, preferably sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C), with racks in the center and lower positions.
- Slice the sweet potatoes into 1/8 inch thick slices. Divide the slices between 2 rimmed baking sheets. Drizzle with oil, toss and spread them in a single layer on the sheets. Bake, flipping once, until the centers are soft and the edges are crisp, 22-25 minutes. Sprinkle with salt before serving.
- These savory sweet potato chips are nice served with wedges of lime.
- Season it Up: I love adding herbs and spices to this basic baked sweet potato fries recipe. Sprinkle rosemary over the tops before baking, or, my favorite is to mix them with the olive oil then drizzle the herbed oil over the potatoes. It's fabulous. Other herbs that also work well are thyme, marjoram and chives.
- You can also spice it up with a bit of cayenne pepper, or add your favorite hot sauce.
- It is difficult to get sweet potatoes crisp without frying them, so these sweet potato chips are not super crispy. If you want them that way, slice them thinner and deep fry them. These chips are soft in the middle and crispy around the outside, similar to french fries.
- This recipe doesn't call for the sweet potatoes to be peeled, just well scrubbed. Peeling or not is a choice you can make based on the sweet potatoes you are using. If the skin seems thin and quite free of marks or wrinkles, I would consider scrubbing them well and cooking them with the skin on. Often though the sweet potatoes I see in my grocery stores have slightly thicker skins on them. I prefer to peel those sweet potatoes before I cook them.
Makes 4 servings.
I have included this baked sweet potato chips recipe as one of our diabetic recipes because sweet potatoes are very healthy for us and we all need a treat once in a while. That said, sweet potatoes are higher in carbs than many other vegetables so if you need diabetes recipes, use this one if your blood sugar is controlled and your body can handle the carbs.
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