Oven Baked Sweet Potato Chips (Crisps) & a Culinary Bucket List for 2013

Isn’t it funny what a difference a week or two makes?

During the holidays, everyone is baking cookies, making desserts, having big dinners, and calories just aren’t counted. Then, the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, bringing us into the New Year, and a new mindset. All of a sudden, almost everyone is on a diet, sweets are off the menu, and there are stampedes to the gym!

Too bad we can’t keep everything in moderation throughout the year.

I could buck the trend, and write about big, soft, fluffy, deep-fried doughnuts, but I know most people just won’t want to see that now…so here’s a recipe for a healthy snack, made with sweet potatoes. My mother is in town and she just loves these, so she made some. They are baked in the oven, and not fried, so that’s a plus, not to mention that sweet potatoes are some of the most nutritious things on the planet!

SWEET POTATO CHIPS
Note: I wouldn’t attempt to make these if you don’t have a food processor. 
The sweet potatoes are so hard, it’s really difficult to make really thin slices by hand.
5 or 6 sweet potatoes, washed and dried
olive oil
sea salt
Preheat oven to 200º F (93º C)
Using a food processor, slice the sweet potatoes very thinly.
Place in a bowl then drizzle with some olive oil, and sprinkle lightly with sea salt.
Mix well by tossing in the bowl and mixing the slices together by hand.
Next, place on parchment lined cookie sheet in a single layer.
Place in preheated oven for 15 minutes, then turn over, so they bake/dry evenly.
Continue to bake, checking to make sure the potatoes aren’t browning
because each oven is different.
Bake for about 50 minutes in total, turning when needed, or removing small slices first.
Take out of the oven and let cool completely before eating or placing in a tin, or Ziploc bag.
MY ROUND the WORLD CULINARY BUCKET LIST FOR 2013
Nothing too extravagant or difficult, but I’m making this list public to put the pressure on
(so I make it a point of actually getting around to making these!)
I hope to knock one off the list each month of the year, not necessarily in this order,
and that you’ll follow my progress!
  1. Granola that tastes like a mix of Alpen and a cluster filled box from Trader Joe’s
  2. Ciambelle (chewy Italian bread things, for lack of a better description!)
  3. Tarte Tatin, to equal the one made at Taix French Restaurant in LA
  4.  Homemade Gnocchi that taste like my aunts’ in Italy
  5. Chicken Korma that won’t disappoint me
  6. Oke’s Korean Cucumber Side Dish/Salad
  7. My friend Sheila’s Chocolate Trifle
  8. Kung Pao Chicken
  9. Irish Soda Scones
  10. Peruvian Ceviche
  11. A Nutella Cake
  12. Croquembouche (Pièce Montée)

Here is another super healthy snack which can become addictive…

 

10 Responses

  1. wrote on

    I have to admit that I still haven’t learned how to thinly slice and properly use the food processor :D

    I am waiting for you Croquembouche! :D

    • wrote on

      The food processor is your friend! Honestly, these were sliced in a few seconds and I can’t imagine how long it would take by hand :(

  2. wrote on

    Hi Cristina,
    I will try to use a mandolin slicer, it usually work pretty well with the golden potato… I love sweet potato!! I like your list, the nutella’s cake is in there too!!! I cant’wait to see your version.
    Have a great 2013,
    Ilaria

    • wrote on

      The mandolin slicer scares me! I almost lost a bit of my thumb once! Grazie, Ilaria-best wishes for 2013 to you too!

  3. Anonymous

    wrote on

    I am so excited about #2! What about taralle, haven’t found a good recipe for those…
    Teresa

    • wrote on

      Oh, trust me Teresa, I’m dying for a good ciambella as I haven’t been to Italy in over 7 years! I also want to make taralli to go with my Marsala all’Uovo, so stay tuned! :)

  4. wrote on

    How do you slice potatoes with a food processor? :/

  5. wrote on

    Were your chips hard/stiff when you took them out, or were they still slightly flimsy and hardened as they cooled??

    • wrote on

      Hi KTcass, they are stiff and dry when they are done, but they will get harder and crispy when they cool. After they have cooled, if they are not crispy, then they were not dried enough. You can still put them back in to finish them properly. Good luck! CC ;)

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