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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Recipe: Sweet Potato Chips with Sea Salt


Every now and then a craving for something salty might take over you. It's so easy to grab a bag of chips out of the vending machine or throw a bag in your cart while you're grocery shopping. I get it. Sometimes you need a little salty snack.

Hubby has a salt tooth, so I'm often trying to find healthy salty snacks for him. I'm overjoyed that after much trial and error, I've finally perfected my sweet potato chips recipe to something he'll like.

The chips are baked, of course -- making them a healthy alternative to the average white potato chip that's fried. Sweet potatoes are a good swap for white potatoes because they have a lower glycemic index rating, which indicates that your body is less prone to turn them into fat. Also, they are high in fiber, making you feel fuller longer.

Next time you want some chips, throw a batch of these together. Your stomach and waistline will thank you. Check it out.

Ingredients:
1-2 sweet potatoes
Himalayan sea salt (or regular sea salt)
100% pure olive oil spray

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Wash sweet potatoes. I like to keep the skin on, but if you prefer, go ahead and peel them. Using a mandolin's super thin slice plate, slice potatoes. If you don't have a mandolin, you can cut the potatoes by hand. I recently discovered mandolins and am so happy I have one. It makes slicing so much more precise. Also, it saves you time and stress.


Using a wire rack -- I just used the wire rack from my roasting pan and flipped it upside down -- line potatoes, making sure they don't touch. Using a wire rack of some sort is essential and is the secret to good sweet potato chips! I've tried placing the potatoes flat on a cookie sheet and they just don't come out right. Lightly spray each side of the potato slice with the olive oil spray. Shake salt evenly over the potatoes.


Place wire rack on a cookie sheet (so the wire rack won't fall through the oven rack) and bake for 10-12 minutes. Ovens vary, you just want to make sure the chips are cooked and that you remove them before they burn. Keep your eye on them, burning happens fast.

Once done, remove from oven. Let cool for at least 5 minutes to allow the crunch to set in.

Enjoy!

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