Tasty Potato Chip Fake-Outs


In the words of Homer Simpson:

“Mmmmm….potato chips….”

Those become my words, too, whenever I think upon the chip drawer we have at work.

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Yes, we have a chip drawer at work.

Even though I am a supporter of the occasional bag of Doritos or Lays, I tend to think that “occasional” means “once daily.”

Therefore, this girl needs a healthy alternative for that daily salty/crunchy fix.

Enter veggie chips!

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I have met many a junk food fake-out that has left me feeling unsatisfied, but such is not the case with sweet potato and kale chips. They hit the spot!

(Without the MSG headache or hydrogenated oil-guilt.)

Baked Kale Chips

Step 1: Grab you some kale.

Prepackaged bags of chopped, fresh kale are the most convenient, but if you use bunched kale make sure it is washed and fully dried before baking.

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Step 2: Season the kale.

Toss kale in a couple tablespoons of olive oil and a light sprinkling of salt.  It is very easy to over-salt kale.

Place a thin layer of kale on a baking sheet.  Do not crowd the pan or the kale will not get as crisp.  And you’re going for crisp!

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Step 3: Bake kale at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.

After 15 minutes, stir kale around and continue baking until all of the kale is crispy.

Stay close to the oven.  It can go from almost done to burnt very quickly.

P.S. Your house will smell like cabbage right about now.  Just an FYI in case you are having guests over later…

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Step 4: Allow kale to fully cool before transferring to an air-tight container.

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The results?

A light and airy treat that tastes just like a Lay’s potato chip.

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Baked Sweet Potato Chips

Step 1: Grab you some sweet potatoes.

Thoroughly scrub and dry potatoes.

Step 2: Thinly slice the sweet potatoes.

If you have a mandolin, the size of the potato does not matter.

If you do NOT have a mandolin, go for the longer, skinnier potatoes as these will be easier to slice with a vegetable peeler.

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Step 3: Season the sweet potatoes

Toss potatoes in a couple tablespoons of olive and sprinkle with salt.  I also like to sprinkle them with cinnamon, garam masala or Chinese 5-spice.

Place potatoes in an even layer on a baking sheet.

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Step 4: Bake the sweet potatoes.

I will admit that baking these suckers can be tricky.  If you have a dehydrator, you are one lucky dog.

Bake potatoes at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes.  After about 30 minutes, stir potatoes around and continue baking until the potatoes become crisp.

KEEP AN EYE OUT!  The potatoes around the edges of the pan will begin to begin to crisp up and burn faster than the ones in the center so stir again if needed and watch those chips like a hawk.

Once the chips are done, allow them to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

The results?

Mmmm!!!!  A baked-to-perfection sweet potato chip is so worth the hassle.  Crispy and toothsome, these really hit the spot if you love salty/sweet snacks.

And again, if you own a dehydrator, thank your Creator.  🙂

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I just love a tasty fake-out!

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7 thoughts on “Tasty Potato Chip Fake-Outs

  1. I tried baked kale chips last week, they were pretty awesome! I’d suggest waiting to season them until you pull them out of the oven, and I used a mixture of salt, paprika, and garlic. Delish! I’ll definitely be trying the sweet potatoes!

  2. Whhhhhhhhatttt, Kale chips….well i never, but will. My husband is the chip fiend. I only let him buy Salt and Vinegar because I hate that flavour. That’s the coolest thing I’ve seen this week.

  3. OOOH! The Kale chips sound awesome! Just like Lay’s?…you are kidding…..I MUST try this! Think I will be thought a huge nerd if I bring Kale chips to a Super Bowl party??

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