Easy Baked Potato Chips

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It started with a mad craving for something crunchy and semi guilt free. I had a few sweet potatoes sitting around and thought I’d bust out a little recipe for baked sweet potato chips from one of those Martha Stewart Magazine cards I saved.  Wait. Stop for a second. You don’t see sweet potatoes in this post do you?  NOPE. That’s because I burned almost an entire batch of them on my first try. That’s what happens when you try to do too much and don’t pay attention to your kitchen timer. Story of my life.  The select few that made it out of the fire were incredible. Sweet, crispy, crunchy with a little bit of tasty oil. I shared one with Cooper and he loved it.  In hindsight it’s a good thing that I didn’t have two trays full of sweet potato chips. As you may know, I can’t be trusted.

I needed to rectify my kitchen disaster QUICKLY. Unfortunately there were no sweet potatoes left in my pantry to try the recipe again but I did have 2 russet potatoes! I soaked them in a bowl of water for 10 minutes and patted them dry. Then I resumed the same recipe fore the sweet potatoes. I’ve seen this water/potato technique a few times on TV. It helps the potatoes get crispy because it washes some of the starch off. It totally worked. And I still ate more of these potato chips than I should have.

Fab. Easy. Salty. Crispy. Light. Sinful. Delicious.

You should make them!  They are great on their own but of course the experimenter in me wants to tinker with the recipe. Next time I am going to make a rosemary salt to sprinkle on top. Maybe I’ll serve them with a tasty chive dip? Or perhaps sprinkle some Parmesan on top?  I wonder if I could make some vinegar chips? What do you think?

Let’s get started!

Start by slicing your potatoes. I use a mandoline. It makes life easy.

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Soak the potato slices in water to get some of the starch off.

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Pat them dry with some towels.

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Set them out on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Make sure both sides are well lubed.

lubing

Bake them in an oven. Flip them half way through baking. Put back in the oven. Bake some more.

out of the oven

Put some in a chips in a small bowl for portion control. Eat some! Then fill your bowl up again.

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Convinced to make them yet?

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DO IT!

Easy Baked Potato Chips

(inspired by a Martha Stewart Magazine Recipe)

  • 2 medium russet potatoes, scrubbed and sliced 1/8 inch thick
  • 1-2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, preferably sea salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees, with racks in center and lower positions. Slice potatoes and put them in a bowl of water. Soak for 10 minutes and pat potatoes dry. Divide potatoes between 2 rimmed baking sheets. Drizzle with oil, toss, and spread them in a single layer on sheets. Bake, flipping once, until centers are soft and edges are crisp, 22 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle liberally with salt.

If you want to use sweet potatoes, follow this recipe but there’s no need to soak them in water!

This recipe would maybe be enough for 4 people- perhaps 2? Perhaps 1? Good luck!

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  • May 7, 2010

    yum!

  • May 7, 2010

    These are making my mouth water. Just awesome.

  • May 7, 2010

    OH. NO. There are many things I find tempting but potato chips are really dangerous for me. I always use the water method when I am making oven fries but now that I know you can do this deliciousness in the oven (rather than frying), I can’t wait to make them. I burned two batches of pita chips yesterday.

    • May 7, 2010

      oh wow! i wonder if we burnt our stuff at the same time?! Maybe it was a Leo thing? Can’t wait for you to fall in love with these!

  • May 8, 2010

    These looks soooo good!! What a perfect snack!

  • May 9, 2010

    Baked, huh? They look so crisp and delish! GREG

  • Ashley
    May 10, 2010

    I stumbled upon your site (literally through Stumble Upon =p) and am SO glad I did! I just made these and they were sooooo good! I would compare them to the chips at Jerry’s Dogs…. except a little bit more like fries and a lot more delicious! So easy to make also… I am pretty much the worst cook in the world, and let me tell you these would be pretty hard to mess up =] Thank you for the recipe!! Will definitely be making again =D

    • May 10, 2010

      Thanks for stumbling upon this!! :) I’m super glad that it worked out for you! It’s a little bit dangerous how easy it is, huh? :)

  • Ashley
    May 10, 2010

    Oh and the soaking in water completely transformed the outcome of them! I have tried making fries, chips and the like before, and they always came out soggy! I used to boil them a bit to remove the starch, but it just didn’t work right. The cool water bath did the trick =p

  • Joanna
    May 10, 2010

    I just came back from a trip to Baltimore and I had the best home made old bay potato chips. It’s not something that I thought I’d like, but it gave the chips a great flavor. They definitely were not baked, but I’m going to try this recipe out and sprinkle some old bay on there. I think they’d be good with a lobster roll or crab cake sandwich.

    • May 10, 2010

      heck yeah! I love the Old Bay idea. My husband will love it too. He’s a New Englander!

  • lonnie
    January 4, 2011

    I’ve been doing that with sweet potatos. I use a spray bottle (costco has some good ones) with olive oil. I set the oven at 250 so burning is not such a problem. If your in a big hurry at 400 degress be prepared to check the oven every couple of minutes.

  • Kimberly
    September 8, 2011

    I’ve been in a creative mood lately, and I thought that potato chips would be my next experiment. You’re recipe sounds great, and easy! And your sense of humor is fantastic – thanks for the laugh! I’m going to give it a go for lunch today. Maybe I’ll share, and maybe I won’t. =)

    • September 8, 2011

      Thank you Kimberly- let me know how it goes!!!! I understand if you don’t wanna share those chips. ADDICTIVE.

  • Kimberly
    September 8, 2011

    Ok.. made them! Super easy and in fact, it does yield just enough for one person! haha But seriously, it did make quite a bit.
    I made them with Russet potatoes. The first batch I made just with a little olive oil and salt. The second batch, I decided to make them with vinegar.. they turned out quite nice!
    Definately a treat I’ll be making again… (when no one else is home, of course!) =)

  • specialk
    February 6, 2012

    I made these within the last week… Rosemary infused olive oil is splendid.. just warm up some oil over medium heat add the Rosemary for a few minutes and let it cool a bit. I then toss everything in a big gallon zip top bag and toss, bake, (sprinkle with some kosher or sea salt) and yes, when nobody else is home… Enjoy!! : D

    • February 7, 2012

      YUMMMMM!!! I’m loving that idea.

  • Yay! I just found your baked potato chip recipe and am trying it out right now! Love the photos and seems quite simple. I will definitely be trying it out with sweet potatoes too when I get a change…none in the pantry at the moment…

  • mili
    September 18, 2012

    i have never made home made potatoe ships but they my daughter loved them and so did i.

  • Sandy
    January 5, 2013

    I love potatoes but don’t eat them much. I just got a craving for potatoe chips and I fried some. We know that is not healthy, breaking the new years resolution already. I found your site and was amazed at how well it worked. Thanks a lot, I can have a semi-guilty treat every once in a while.

  • Sandy
    January 5, 2013

    Thanks again!

  • Trisha
    June 8, 2013

    I am soaking potatoes as I type. Wish me luck!

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