Are you tired of too greasy and salty chips purchased in supermarkets? Make them by your own! It’s way healthier and cheaper! With a mandolin, an oven and a few fruits or vegetables, you can make real ultra-light chips. Just follow these tips:
Mandolin is your best friend!
To make thin crispy chips you’ll need the proper tool: a mandolin slicer. Cut slices of apples, beets and Jerusalem artichokes only a few millimeters thick. It takes approximately 2-3 mm. A minimal thickness guarantees an even cooking. Arrange the slices on a rack or on a plate previously covered with baking paper. Season and/or brush with oil if necessary. Then put in your oven. See here to make apple chips using a mandoline slicer.
Bake your sliced fruits and vegetables in an oven at 250°F (120°C) for 1:30 to 2:00, depending on the quantities. Or opt for a quick-cooking at 360°F (180°C) for 25 minutes. Some cooks regularly open the oven door to allow moisture to escape. Anyway, keep an eye on your chips. Cooking is a delicate stage and the slices can blacken very quickly, especially tomato chips. When cooked, let them dry and enjoy immediately because if you wait too long, they may soften.
Pan, oven or microwave: it’s up to you
To make delicious banana or potatoes chips, you can either bake your slices of vegetable or fruit or deep-fry them into a pot of boiling oil. In this case, do not forget to put them on absorbent paper afterward to eliminate a maximum of residual fat. Then, add a little sugar or salt depending your taste. Don’t have a oven but a microwave? You can still make homemade chips this way: invest in a chips-maker, it’s a silicone plate with holes. Put your raw chips on and cook for 3 to 5 minutes without adding fat, and it’s ready!
Play with spices
Add paprika on slices of Jerusalem artichokes for a nice color. For beets chips, opt for thyme. Zucchini chips blend perfectly with turmeric, while bananas are totally revealed by vanilla or cinnamon. Enjoy it! For the classic potatoes chips, bet on originality and sprinkle with salt and Espelette pepper, paprika or seaweed for an amazing look. Finally, get inspired supermarkets and offer crispy wasabi potato chips for a green result. These examples are perfect to surprise your friends while enjoying a tasty and light appetizer!
(Photo credit: Migle Seikyte)