Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Baked Sweet Potato Chips


Oh my goodness you guys!  Remember a few weeks ago when I mentioned that I was hunting for the perfect homemade (baked) sweet potato chip?  Well, I found it!  I can't believe it.  It feels like the holy grail.  First it was the perfect biscuit and now this!  I honestly wasn't sure that this moment would ever come!

Every time my friend Lor comes to visit we go to Atomic.  Atomic is a local, caribbean restaurant.  The food will blow your mind but the best thing about it?  The Patio!  Lexington is a town full of patios but Atomic is my favorite.  It's a tradition that we order sweet potato chips immediately after walking in the door.  They are so crispy and sweet and salty and served with a side of salsa.  Don't knock it till you try it.  Atomic's sweet potato chips are the reason I've been searching so long for a recipe that would hold up to salsa and these do!  I never knew I could get so excited about sweet potatoes.  I may have hit a new all-time low.  Or maybe high.  I guess it's all in how you look at it.

After all of the experimenting I finally learned I was doing it totally wrong.  I (and apparently a lot of others on the internet) thought the oven temperature would need to be cranked up in order to create a crispy, sturdy chip.  After many crispy and black attempts I had almost given up.  Enter Daphne Oz.  I don't normally watch "The Chew" as I have a full time day job but let me tell you...  I am now a fan.

I saw these posted on everyone's best friend/website, Pinterest.  The description didn't say anything about these being the most perfect baked chip ever and frankly I think that is a travesty.  I almost didn't even click on the pin but luckily I did.  Who would have thought that setting your oven on 250 degrees would do the trick, but you know what?  It does.  It feels like they take forever to bake, mostly because they do but it's so worth it!  Here's Daphne's recipe.  I have changed a couple of things so I like to include the original recipe as well.

Baked Sweet Potato Chips

Ingredients

1 sweet potato, washed and sliced thin
Olive oil spray
Salt

Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Wash the sweet potato and slice thin.  A mandolin works best.  Spay a cookie sheet with olive oil spray.  Places the slices of sweet potato on the cookie sheet, making sure they don't touch.  Spray the top of the slices with olive oil spray and sprinkle with salt.

Bake at 250 for an hour to an hour and a half or until crispy.

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