The Great Sweet Potato Chip Challenge
Funny enough, I actually don’t love sweet potatoes. I wish I did. I’ve tried to. I’m just not a fan. Unless they are turned into chips. Then it’s on. As a self-proclaimed chip-aholic and chip connoisseur and someone who generally tries to eat well, you might imagine that I have experimented with making my own sweet potato chips. That would be an understatement. In fact, I have tried a multitude of different options and recipes to perfect my methodology. But, which works best? The scientist in me decided to perform a side-by-side comparison of three methods: Traditional Oven vs. NuWave Oven vs. Pampered Chef Microwave Chip Maker.
For thin slicing your sweet potato I highly recommend investing in a good mandolin slicer. It’s handy for lots of kitchen slicing, is a lot faster than slicing by hand, and it gets you thinner slices which are preferable when making chips. Just be careful not to slice your fingers- use the guards provided. Check this one out from Sur La Table: https://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-2093433/. Also, just so you know, 1 medium sweet potato makes a surprising amount of chips- enough to completely cover a large baking sheet.
Traditional oven chips came out the best, but it was close! I sprayed a bit of coconut oil to non-stick the baking sheet. I then laid out the sweet potato slices in a single layer and added some salt and freshly ground black pepper. Into the pre-heated 350 degree oven they went until they started to brown (about 30 minutes). I then pulled out the baking sheet and flipped then all over (removing the smaller ones that were already brown and crispy). Back into the oven for just about 5 minutes until they were all starting to get brown and crispy. Note: some will get very brown and some will stay a bit soft, but most will be crispy and all of them end up tasting pretty darn good.
Microwaving your chips on the Pampered Chef Chip Maker is fast, easy, and surprisingly effective. My friend Heather told me about this product and she’s a trustworthy resource, so I had to give it a shot. It will definitely be my go-to when I’m short on time. You can follow the directions that come with the trays, except that it takes a lot longer than they say in the instructions. I tell you this from my experience and from reading almost every comment on their website. Still, it tookabout 10 minutes to get my double stack of chips crispy, and that’s a lot faster than using the oven. https://www.pamperedchef.com/shop/Cookware/Microwave+Cookware/Microwave+Chip+Maker+Set/1241
Also good, but not quite as tasty as the oven baked chips and took about as long:
NuWave Oven. You may have seen the infomercials about this masterpiece? Well, it is a pretty cool kitchen tool and I have had fun experimenting with it, but this was my first go at making chips in it. I will admit that it might have been user error since I did two racks of chips and put some on the bottom level- it might have worked better with fewer chips… but they ended up needing to be rearranged a few times (the top row was cooking faster so I had to switch the chips to different racks- not ideal). The NuWave cooks most things faster than a traditional oven, butthese took about 30 minutes including my time moving them around. I also think that the oven chips came out a tiny bit crispier. I might try this again with fewer chips at some point. Regardless of the chip fail, the NuWave oven is a pretty cool gadget if you want to check it out: http://www.nuwaveoven.com/.
Dinner is Served!
I hope that if you are a fellow chip lover this might inspire you to give one of these options a try. It’s amazing how many chips you can eat for the calories of one medium sweet potato when they aren’t deep-fried! It’s always good to have an extra truly healthy snack option in your arsenal.