Spicy sweet potato oven chips
September 16, 2009 § Leave a comment
I do love using sweet potatoes as an alternative to the usual Maris Piper because it gives a completely different flavour injection into what would usually be a fairly standard dish. Potatoes dominate the snacking arena, but instead of the usual powdery chips and waffles (don’t get me wrong I’m an avid fan of mashed potato) I figured I’d swap the standard fare for something a tad more exotic.
Of course as the name suggests, sweet potato can lack the savoury element needed in snacking foods like chips and mash, but you do need to be a little careful of how much salt you put with it because you can detect the taste much more clearly than you can on usual potato chips. I find that chilli and pepper season this vegetable wonderfully as you get a lovely play on sweet and spicy flavours, while eating a rather healthy meal at the same time.
So to make these yummy chips you’ll need:
- around 500g of sweet potatoes (about 3 average size potatoes will do)
- 2½ tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp flaked chillies (I used up to 1 tbsp for extra spice but you can start with about 1 tsp)
- salt and pepper for seasoning
This will quickly make enough for two as an accompaniment or for one as a snack and you can serve the chips with salsa or whatever sauce you prefer. I just eat them as they are.
You start off by cutting the small ends off the sweet potatoes and peeling them. Once that’s done you cut them in half and then slice each half parallel to the first cut so you have two layers on top of each other. (Try not to cut your fingers off in the process, it can be a bit tricky with the knife). Then you chop the potatoes along the width to make 2cm to 1 inch bitesize pieces.
You’re already halfway done (toldya it was quick). Line a baking tray with some aluminium foil and then pour over 1tbsp of the olive oil. Then spread out the sweet potato chips in a single layer, pour over the rest of the oil, season with salt and pepper and sprinkle over the chilli flakes. At this point you have to get your hands in and mix the chips in with the seasoning so that they’re all thoroughly coated. If you don’t like getting your hands all oily you can always put the oil, seasoning and chilli in a plastic food bag with the chips and shake it, but it’s more fun this way.
Once all the chips have an even layer of salt, pepper and chilli, spread them out in a single layer and put into a preheated oven at 200°C to cook for 30-35 minutes. After you’ve taken them out you can transfer them straight to a plate or bowl and start snacking on them, or you can serve them with meat, other vegetables or just with a dollop of sour cream.