Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sweet Potato Chips

This is my new KitchenAid Pro-Line Dicing Food Processor and my adorable youngest, M.

These are my paper thin slices of sweet potato and apple which will be turned into chips.

Hot from the oven sweet potato chip, which lasted all of 15 minutes.

Last night I spent the evening reading the manual and sorting through all of the blades and attachments to my new food processor.  The manual had a lot to be desired.  I am thinking that the writers of this document thought that anyone buying this particular model was upgrading and knew something about food processors.  I am not upgrading as I have spent the last 44 years of my life without owning one of these gadgets.  Needless to say, all those blades and setting are a little intimidating.

Now that I have this fancy toy I had to make something right away.  Being that I have an abundance of sweet potatoes in the house, sweet potato chips seems like an excellent starter dish.  I searched the internet and found that most recipes use a lot of olive oil which is not something I wanted to do.  Several recipes used the oven, several used a dehydrator and one used the microwave.  Well, I certainly didn't want to wait 10 hours for my chips and my microwave is loud and does not hold many chips,  so I decided that the oven was for me.  The following is what I came up with.

Sweet Potato

Wash and dry sweet potato.
Slice very thinly using food processor.
Spray a light coating of PAM on a cookie sheet.  
     -my one potato used two cookies sheets.
Spread the slices on the cookie sheet without overlapping.
Spray a light coating of PAM on the potato slices.
     -this helps the salt to stick.
Sprinkle with just a touch of salt.
     -if you are going to omit the salt, also omit the coating of PAM on the chips.

Oven temp is 375 for about 20 minutes, flipping halfway through the cooking time.
     -depending on the thickness of the chips, the cooking time may be longer.
     -chips can burn fast so keep an eye on them toward the end of the cooking time
     -the chips are so thin that they will cool down immediately.

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