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.

Finished chips
Finished chips (Image: Julia Mueller)

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.

how to make homemade baked potato chips
how to make homemade baked potato chips (Image: 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.

Cut off the potato ends
Cut off the potato ends (Image: Julia Mueller)

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

Chop potatoes
Chop potatoes (Image: 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.

Get ready to slice
Get ready to slice (Image: 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 .

slice potatoes
slice potatoes (Image: Julia Mueller)

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

continue slicing
continue slicing (Image: 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.

Slice all the potatoes!
Slice all the potatoes! (Image: 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.)

Drizzle with oil
Drizzle with oil (Image: Julia Mueller)

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

Be sure all slices are fully coated in oil
Be sure all slices are fully coated in oil (Image: 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.

Sprinkle with salt
Sprinkle with salt (Image: 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.

Transfer to a baking sheet
Transfer to a baking sheet (Image: Julia Mueller)

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

Bake 12 to 15 minutes
Bake 12 to 15 minutes (Image: 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.

Flip the chips
Flip the chips (Image: 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 recipe
Baked potato chips recipe (Image: Julia Mueller)

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