Sunday, March 4, 2012

Healthy Homemade Chips With Sea Salt

Crunchy goodness!

Boredom has struck again...either that or pure laziness lol
I found myself craving some good ol plain salted chips. I don''t usually have chips in the house and it doesn't show its face on my shopping list very often. which means I need to get off my lazy behind and drag three sleepy whinny kids to the store...yeah NOT happening!

*** random complaint break***

for you moms with two or more kids...doesn't it just bother you that the stores only offer carts with one seat (maybe two seats, but you will have to fight the other  moms greedily eyeing the death if you must...good luck with that!) they should come up with a better way for moms with three kids under three to drag there them around.
***end of random complaint break***

For those of you who've never experienced an overtired  hungry two year old in a over-crowded-no-lanes-open Walmart, let me illuminate it for you. It's as if that sweet contained cherub of yours becomes a possessed and  uncontrolled mess of "I want...I want...I want..." followed by ear shattering screams and nerve wracking whines. Its definitely not a scene for the faint of heart!
And so I'm sure you fully understand the reason of my apprehension of taking three of such cherubs with me, just for a measly bag of unwanted calories. So like every other time, I decided to make my own chips.
this technique was very interesting and fun but extremely time consuming. I definitely won't be making homemade chips by the bag! 
All that was needed really was a golden potato, sea salt or other spices based on your own preference, paper towels, olive oil and a microwave. 
These were VERY addicting! I only wish I could make more in one go. the moment they came out of the microwave I was holding back on popping them in my mouth!
Try them just for fun! ;-)

Pointers I found useful:

  • I didn't use the bag I just dunked the potato chips in the oil on the plate and made sure both sides were covered.
  •  I used extra virgin olive oil .
  • Overlapping chips is not recommened, as they tend to be slightly "chewy" in the end compared to keeping them seperated. 
  • For toppings I used seasalt, you can use onion powder,  cayenne or squeeze fresh lime juice with the olive oil in the plate before dunking the potatoes, and then seasoned with seasalt and just a little kool-aid lemonade powder mix. (the kind without sugar added) The powder mix has citric acid in it which really gave the salty lime chips a nice zing! 
  • Always watch the plate in the microwave, it only takes sec. for the chips to burn.
  • I used my kitchenaid mandoline to slice the potatoes, the thinner the crispier and the quicker they cook. but try to keep the slices similar in size.
  • use any spices you would like, spice blends work well...experiment!
  • Why not trying this with beets and sweet potato? I haven't tried it but it seems doable ;-) Here's a recipe from Giada de Laurentiis, but it involves frying the chips. but sounds good nonetheless. 
The perfect chip, crunchy and slightly browned in the middle

The NOT perfect chip, this was only 1-2 seconds after the last picture, that's how fast they burn!

Homemade Potato Chips


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 potato, sliced paper thin (peel optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste


  1. Pour the vegetable oil into a plastic bag (a produce bag works well). Add the potato slices, and shake to coat. (or do it the messy way as mentioned above )
  2. Coat a large dinner plate lightly with olive oil or cooking spray. Arrange potato slices in a single layer on the dish.
  3. Cook in the microwave for 3 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned (if not browned, they will not become crisp). Times will vary depending on the power of your microwave. Make sure you continue to watch the chips as they brown fast. 
  4. Remove chips from plate, and toss with salt (or other seasonings as mentioned above). Let cool. Repeat process with the remaining potato slices. You will not need to keep oiling the plate.

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