Here’s a nod to the veggie chip rage, which continues to take shelf and menu space away for the classic potato chip and traditional french fry.  While nothing beats a perfectly crispy potato chip or fry, these baked root vegetable chips come close.   Give them a try, and be sure to experiment with different veggie combos and seasonings. They’re easy to make, really healthy and add a colorful alternative to any spread or sandwich platter.  This version uses beets, carrots we pulled from our garden and a sweet potato we had lying in the pantry.

Thinly sliced beets and sweet potatoes and a nice pile of carrot ribbons...ready for oven-crisping

Thinly sliced beets and sweet potatoes and a nice pile of carrot ribbons…ready for oven-crisping

Ingredients:

  • 2 beets – scrubbed with skin on for thin slicing
  • 1 sweet potato – scrubbed with skin on for thin slicing
  • 2 carrots – ribboned using vegetable peeler
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2  tsp  smoked Spanish Paprika
  • Dash of chipotle powder
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Slice beets and sweet potatoes into very thin chips- use a mandolin if possible, or a sharp knife. Take your time if using a knife to get consistently thin slices.
  3. Make long ribbons from the carrots using the vegetable peeler
  4. Place slices and carrot ribbons in bowl and coat evenly with olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, chipolte and sugar
  5. Spread  beet and sweet potato slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (be sure they are not stacked on top of one another) and season with a little more salt.
  6. Use a second baking sheets lined with parchment paper for the carrot ribbons and smaller slices of chips.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes (beets and sweet potato) and 10-15 minutes for carrot ribbons , flipping halfway through. Remove when veggies lighted in color. They will crisp up when cool.
  8. Make additional batches as needed being sure to keep single layers of chips on the baking sheet
  9. Serve in a bowl or alongside a burger or sandwich.  Store extras in an airtight container.

Perfectly crispy chips...you can really taste each vegetable individually

Perfectly crispy chips…you can really taste each vegetable individually