Chronicles of the Inexperienced Cook: Sweet Potato Chips

I thought it would be fun to do some blog posts on different recipes that I have tried or want to try. For the record, I am not what you might consider a “good cook.” My skills as a chef, until maybe the last six months, have been limited to following the directions on a box of mac and cheese. Well, I don’t eat cheesy noodles of the boxed variety anymore, and salads are getting kind of old, so I figured I might as well learn to cook. That, and I am 20 years old, so I might want to start learning how to fend for myself.

I’m not sure how I often I will post recipe blogs, but I thought I would start with a really simple snack you can make either at home or for a party: sweet potato chips! I made these for a new year’s eve party, and they were consumed rather quickly. Sweet potatoes are a wonderful alternative for regular potatoes when you are looking for healthier choice. Here is the recipe that I used:

  • 1-2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into thin slices. (I used a mandolin to slice the chips, and it definitely helped speed up the process!)
  • Toss chips lightly with extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and smoked paprika – you can try adding some of your own favorite herbs or spices as well to get a different result.
  • Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes or until crispy on the outside. It helps to flip them about half way through.

This recipe is so simple but oh so good! The chips weren’t as crispy as I was expecting, but they were still amazing with a perfect combination of sweet and salty. Next time I might try putting them in the broiler for a few minutes after they cook in the oven to see if they can get a little bit crisper.

Let me know if you try this recipe and how it goes, or have any healthy recipes of your own that you recommend. I am still learning, which is why this one is so simple, but maybe with some help I can bump up my skill level over time.

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