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The BEST Homemade Sweet Potato Chips

Sweet Potato Chip ChallengeThe 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:  Also, just so you know, 1 medium sweet potato makes a surprising amount of chips- enough to completely cover a large baking sheet.

Oven Chips

The winner:

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.

Microwave Chips

The fastest:

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.

NuWave Chips

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:

Dinner is Served!

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.

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