Let’s be honest, during Olympics time, we watch a bit more TV and we like to have snacks on hands! Just because I eat healthy doesn’t mean I miss out on anything. Once in a while, my husband and I will buy a bag of chips, as natural as we can find (usually using sea salt and sunflower oil instead of cheap table salt and soybean or canola oil), organic or non-GMO if possible. You would be surprised of all the weird ingredients that are used in chips!
I’ve been thinking of trying to make my own for a while, probably one of the last very few things I haven’t made from scratch yet, because once again, I thought “Hey! I could make this 100% organic and very healthy, knowing what is used, and also baked in the oven with very little olive oil. So, I gave it a shot. It was so yummy, I almost didn’t have time to take a picture! hahaha I ended-up eating the whole batch (small), and had to make another batch later so that my husband could try them! lol
I also realized something while I made them. My small batch was made with 1 good-size potato. I ate the whole thing. But that was a small batch (because that’s all I can fit on my cookie sheet). What if someone would tell you to eat 4-5 big potatoes? Most would say “I can’t eat 4-5 big potatoes!”, yet that’s probably how much potatoes are in a regular size bag of chips! That’s a lot! But if you make them yourself, you’ll most likely eat less, and you won’t make a batch every day!
So, I made my own chips at home. It took 2-3 minutes to make (I used a mandoline — be careful using that!), and about 10 minutes to cook.
I made mine simple enough using some grey sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Delicious! Next time I might try using a bit of paprika, and maybe even some apple cider vinegar….
Homemade salt & pepper chips
- 1 large organic potato, of your choice, thinly sliced using a mandoline (you can also use a knife, making the slices as thin as you can, but it might take a bit longer to cook)
- a pinch of unrefined grey sea salt
- freshly ground organic black pepper, to taste
- 1 tsp good quality extra-virgin organic olive oil for cooking
Put the thin slices of potatoes in a bowl, add a dash of olive oil, and mix using your (clean) hands. You want to massage the oil on each slice, and then put it on the baking sheet, making sure to separate each of them as much as possible, but they don’t have to be perfectly lying flat on the pan (it most likely won’t fit otherwise).
Bake at 450F for about 10 min. Some will still be white, but that’s ok, it’s a nice balance with the crunchy parts.
It’s not exactly like commercial chips, but I am really pleased with this, and I know exactly what I’m eating!