The other week I had a craving for sweet potato fries. So I went on a hunt to look for different methods of cooking sweet potatoes in the oven to make them crispy.
I found a few that looked interesting: chips, strips and fries.
This first experiment was for sweet potato chips. I don’t have a mandolin, but I tried slicing the chips as thin as possible with a very sharp knife, about 1/8” thick. If you have a mandolin I would recommend using it!
The chips that were cut the right thickness turned out incredible. Of course, the thicker ones took longer. The thin ones cooked more quickly. You do have to babysit these a little bit after about 5-7 minutes. It’s definitely worth it though.
For these experiments, I used one sweet potato for each. Feel free to double, triple, etc. I’m not quite sure how well they keep, but I would think they’d be better fresh out of the oven.
Sweet Potato Chips
1 sweet potato, sliced into 1/8” chips (peeled or unpeeled, whatever you prefer)
1 tbsp. vegetable or canola oil
1 tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. black pepper
½ tsp. chili powder
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet (or 2 so you can cook both batches at once) with foil and place in the oven while it preheats.
Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, put in sliced sweet potato, oil and spices. Mix well until evenly distributed. Use your hands! It works the best.
When the oven is ready, take the sheet out and place the slices on WITHOUT overlapping. At all.
Bake for about 10-15 minutes. Turning once when the sweet potatoes start to curl up. Like I said, you need to babysit these a little because they go from brown to burnt very quickly!
When the chips are brown, take them out and place them on a paper towel to drain. They will crisp up more after they cool.
Here’s a good example of a nicely crisped chip and the thickness.
Good luck waiting for all of them to be done before you start munching! 🙂