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Baked Sea Salt Sweet Potato Chips

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sweet potato chips

Today is the 4th of July. I know what you’re thinking – I have a party tonight and I don’t know what to bring! Well, those of you who are like me and wait until the last minute are probably thinking that. The Type A personalities out there have had their 4th of July plans worked out since this time last year. With the consistent schedule of slightly sunny mornings and rainy afternoons and evenings that seems to accompany early summer here in Central Florida, I haven’t even figured out what we’re going to be doing to celebrate Independence Day, much less eating! Although these bacon colby jack sliders are on my list. I like to surprise people sometimes though and bring up a fun twist on a classic food. And in that spirit, let’s talk about these sweet potato chips!

sweet potato chips

The goal here was to create something that was quick and easy, so that someone would feel more inclined to make a healthy snack for their family at home instead of buying a packed product from a store. Because even though health should be a top priority, the reality is that a lot of times life gets in the way. And if a healthy alternative to potato chips from a bag isn’t easily available, it just may not find it’s way into our schedule.

sweet potato chips

I’ve tried to make baked potato chips a few times before; the first time ended in chips that were way too thin and completely stuck to the baking sheet, but by the second time I somewhat got the hang of things. Sweet potatoes took a little more fine-tuning, since they tend to be softer than potatoes. There was a lot of taste testing, and at one point there was a lot of smoke! But thankfully you don’t have to go through any of that.

sweet potato chips

Some of the chips will brown slightly, but as long as they don’t turn dark brown or black they will still taste good! They’ll also be extra crunchy and chip-like.

sweet potato chips

The beauty of this recipe is that it’s so simple, so you can experiment with any kind of seasoning that you’d like. I went with a simple sea salt, but I would also like to try cayenne next time and maybe some cracked black pepper.

Happy Independence Day!

Baked Sea Salt Sweet Potato Chips

Yield

About 2 cups of chips

Ingredients

2 medium sized sweet potatoes
1-2 tbsp sea salt
2 tbsp olive oil

Directions

1) Thinly slice the sweet potatoes into slices about 1/8 in thick
2) Pour the olive oil in a bowl and toss the slices in the oil. Spread the slices in a layer on a baking sheet. Sprinkle the salt lightly over the slices.
3) Bake for 10 minutes at 325°F, and then flip the slices over and bake for another 10 minutes. Pull the baking sheet out of the oven and let the chips cool for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve within a day or two.

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