Healthy Eating: Baked Chips Recipe

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Who can resist the temptation of crunchy, salty potato chips? The satisfying, addictive crunch makes for an enticing go-to snack between meals. While there are now plenty of healthier options for potato chips in grocery stores, making them at home is a great way of controlling what you're eating, and it is also a fun process. Any type of potato (or root vegetable) and high-temperature cooking oil can be used to adapt homemade baked potato chips to your taste or dietary needs. All you need to get started is a mandolin slicer and a couple large potatoes.

baked potato chips in a bucket Finished chips Image Credit: Julia Mueller

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Things You\’ll Need

  • 2 large russet (or Yukon gold potatoes)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or high-temperature cooking oil of choice)

  • Sea salt

  • Seasonings such as garlic powder and onion powder if desired

Tip

You can also use beets, rutabaga, turnip, carrots, sweet potato, etc. Just note: if you use anything other than russet or Yukon gold potato, the bake times will vary.

Replace the olive oil with canola, almond, grapeseed, algae or coconut oil.

Incorporate your favorite seasonings such as chili powder, garlic powder, lemon pepper, Cajun seasoning, and paprika.

Mandolin slicer and potatoes how to make homemade baked potato chips Image Credit: Julia Mueller

Step 1: Prepare the Potatoes

Before slicing the potatoes, you'll want to cut the potatoes into large chunks to make the slicing easier. Start by trimming the ends off of each potato.

two potatoes with ends cut off Cut off the potato ends Image Credit: Julia Mueller

Chop the potatoes in half. Be sure to cut the potatoes straight down so that the cut sides aren't angled.

Potatoes chopped in half Chop potatoes Image Credit: Julia Mueller

Step 2: Slice with Mandolin Slicer

Set up your mandolin slicer on a stable surface. Insert the protection guard into one of the chunks of potatoes. This will give you a good grip on the potato for slicing and will protect you from slipping and/or slicing yourself.

Protection guard of mandolin slicer Get ready to slice Image Credit: Julia Mueller

Make sure your slicer is set up to slice 1/8-inch slices. From the back of the slicer forward, firmly press the potato against the blade .

slicing a potato on a mandolin slicer slice potatoes Image Credit: Julia Mueller

Get into a rhythm of slicing. Once you get the hang of it, the slicing goes really quickly!

Potato slices and mandolin slicer continue slicing Image Credit: Julia Mueller

Continue slicing your potatoes. Note that once you get down to the very ends of the potatoes, you'll be left with small chunks of potato – you can either continue slicing these chunks carefully with a knife, or you can use them for other cooking purposes.

Pile of potato slices Slice all the potatoes! Image Credit: Julia Mueller

Step 3: Prepare to Bake

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and lightly spray or oil two large baking sheets. Transfer the potato slices to a large mixing bowl, and drizzle with olive oil. (Note: you can use any type of cooking oil, such as almond, canola, algae or coconut.)

Olive oil being poured over potato slices Drizzle with oil Image Credit: Julia Mueller

Use your hands to coat all of the potato slices in oil.

Coating potato slices in oil Be sure all slices are fully coated in oil Image Credit: Julia Mueller

Sprinkle with sea salt and carefully toss to ensure everything is salted. Here's where you can get creative with your seasonings and add garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, lemon salt, paprika, cayenne, and so forth.

Sprinkling potato slices with sea salt Sprinkle with salt Image Credit: Julia Mueller

Step 4: Bake the Chips

Arrange the potato slices in a single layer on the two prepared baking sheets. Give plenty of room between the potato slices so that they bake evenly.

Potato slices on a baking sheet Transfer to a baking sheet Image Credit: Julia Mueller

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the chips turn golden brown.

Baked chips on a baking sheet Bake 12 to 15 minutes Image Credit: Julia Mueller

Remove chips from the oven and immediately flip them with a spatula. This will ensure they don't stick to the baking sheet. Sprinkle with more sea salt and/or seasonings if desired.

Flipping the potato chips Flip the chips Image Credit: Julia Mueller

Step 5: Enjoy

Allow chips to cool 2 to 3 minutes before consuming. Chips are best fresh out of the oven. Leftovers can be stored in a zip lock bag for up to 3 days.

Baked potato chips in a small bucket Baked potato chips recipe Image Credit: Julia Mueller

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