Packed with vitamin A and the essential mineral manganese, sweet potatoes make surprisingly tasty, crunchy, reduced-fat chips. They're most delicious when baked with a spice blend.
HomemadeRecipe contributed to Food.com by "WaterMelon." Spice mix recipe from Simple Comfort Food
1 large sweet potato, unpeeled, washed, and dried
For spice blend:
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp paprika
Heat oven to 200°F. Line two baking pans with parchment paper. Slice potato crosswise, as thin as possible. Coat slices with spice blend, then arrange on the prepared sheets, and keep them from touching as much as possible. Cook for 50 mins. Slices will dehydrate and shrink.
Turn chips over, and rotate baking sheets if needed for even cooking. Cook 30 to 40 more mins., until slices are crisped and fluted around the edges and the centers are still orange, not brown. Chips will be soft when removed from oven and will crisp as they cool.
Cool chips on baking sheets. Store in an airtight container, at room temperature, up to three days.Store-Bought
Terra makes six varieties of sweet potato chips, but we tried only two: Spiced Sweet Potato chips and Sweets & Beets chips (half the bag contains beet chips). TIME.com taste testers raved about the Spiced chips, proclaiming them "greasy" and "salty" — in a good way. Sweets & Beets, on the other hand, got mixed reviews: "I really like beets," noted one taster, "but there's something funny. I don't like them."
For sheer crispy, crunchy deliciousness, the potato chip is tough to beat. It’s no wonder, then, that Americans spend more than $7 billion a year on the salty snack. Not coincidentally, it’s also one of the top dietary contributors to weight gain, according to a recent Harvard study.
But rather than lecture you on your naughty chip-chomping habit, I’m here to help you kick it: following are five delectable — and healthier — alternatives to potato chips, all taste-tested by members of the TIME.com team. You can buy the snacks at grocery stores, but they taste better baked from scratch, so I’ve included the recipes I liked best. (If you go the DIY route, it might be worth investing in a mandoline, which can help you make neat, even slices in a snap.)
Whether you bake or buy these treats, each has less fat and fewer calories than deep-fried potato chips. And they’re all delicious.