Friday, May 13, 2011

A Sweeter Potato Chip

Potato chips are one of my favorite foods, but they combine fats, salt, and the types of carbs that make blood sugar spike.  I've been trying to replace them with sweet potato chips that are microwaved instead of fried.  These take a while to process, but they taste good and have at least some nutritional value.  In fact, The Center for Science in the Public Interest rates the sweet potato as the most nutritious vegetable.

Sweet Potato Chips

1 large sweet potato or yam, peeled
Black pepper, dried herbs and salt to taste

Using a mandoline or the slicing blade on a box grater, slice the sweet potato as thinly as possible.  Place the slices in a single layer on a microwaveable plate and season.  Cook in batches to avoid crowding the slices on the plate; they won’t cook correctly if touching.  Microwave until just starting to turn brown (about five minutes).  The chips will crisp as they cool.

"Cogito ergo spud [I think, therefore I yam]" ~Herb Caen

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