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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sweet Potato Chips with Chili-Lime Salt

I saw Giada deLaurentiis make beet and sweet potato chips on a recent episode.  I didn't have any beets on hand, but I did have some sweet potatoes.  I used an inexpensive mandoline to slice a sweet potato very thin.  And it only takes the chips a couple of minutes to fry up.

Now the other thing Giada did with the chips was to season them with an herb & garlic flavored salt.  Well, I didn't want rosemary on my sweet potato chips (not this time, anyway).  What sounded good to me was a little chili powder-flavored salt.  Oh - and how about some lime?  And let me tell you... THAT was good!  A little goes a long way.  So, so good.  A nice little snack or side to your burgers and sandwiches.  Don't you love serendipity?

Sweet Potato Chips with Chili-Lime Salt

Vegetable oil

2 tablespoons kosher salt
1/2 - 1 teaspoons chili powder
grated zest of 1 lime
1 sweet potato

Heat 2 to 3 inches of oil in a deep pan to 350 F.

Mix the salt, chili powder, and lime zest well.  Set aside.

Slice the sweet potato very thin.  Fry a scant handful of chips at a time.  (This makes sure that you don't lower the oil temperature too much at one time.)  Fry about 2 minutes.  Edges will curl up and chips will turn slightly golden (some will turn very golden!)  Remove chips with a spider or large slotted spoon to a cooling rack set over a baking sheet.  Sprinkle with seasoned salt while still hot.  Repeat with remaining chips.


Haden News said...

What a treat! I love making my own chips and frys too!

La Table De Nana said...

I am loving your chili lime salt idea!!!

a quiet life said...

dang these look fun, i have not had dinner yet...

chow and chatter said...

oh these look awesome my hubby makes spicy potato slices like this

Thibeault's Table said...

I love homemade chips, but I have never made them with sweet potatoes. What a great idea. I'd be happy with a basket of your sweet potato chips for dinner.

Anu Karthik said...

have a question about the beetroot chips, is the recipe for those the same? nice post btw!

Sue said...

I saw that same show and thought about what those beet chips would taste like....I like your idea of using sweet potatoes....They look delicious...thanks for the if I can figure out how my fancy French mandoline works..
(I swear the French guy left out a crucial working part) I will try these......

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

Thanks, all!

Anu Karthik - the beetroot chips were the same, though they will need a minute or two more frying time.

Linda said...

These looks wonderful Lori!

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