I used to buy sweet potato chips from Costco that seemed a good snack for Superman. But, we realized that even though he does great with sweet potatoes, for some reason, he had digestive issues with those chips. So I was bummed. There aren’t a lot of snacks he can eat, and because of that, he’s skinny. I feel a big burden to feed my man, and when the number of things he can eat dwindles away, it can be a bit discouraging. Enter experimentation. It’s all about trying new recipes with ingredients I know Superman does well with. And since he loves to have something crunchy to snack on, it seemed logical to try sweet potato chips.
These are incredibly simple. I am sure you could change this recipe up and just toss them with a bit of olive oil or coconut oil and bake them in the oven, but I haven’t done that yet. I really wanted to “recreate” something fried for the poor guy.
Recipe: Crispy Sweet Potato Chips (serves 4 or so…depending on how much you want to snack!)
3 medium sweet potatoes
1 quart olive oil *Note: You could use another type of oil, but this oil is what Superman does the best with, so that’s what I used.
salt to taste
Cut sweet potatoes in half lengthwise. In a food processor (with slicing blade attached), feed in halves of sweet potatoes so they are sliced thin (I think my blade is a 1/8th” blade). If you don’t have a food processor, you could use a mandolin or slice them very thin by hand. The thin slices are vital for that crispiness.
Heat olive oil in a pot until it hits about 330-340 degrees. Gently drop a handful of sweet potatoes into oil and cook for 5-6 minutes, until just turning brown. If you take them out too soon, they will be soggy. If you take them out too late, you’ll have burned chips on your hand. Remove and lay on paper towels to drain, and sprinkle with salt. Lather, rinse, repeat.
*Note: Again, you could also try this in the oven by tossing the sweet potatoes with a bit of oil, spreading them on a parchment-covered cookie sheet, sprinkling them with salt, and cooking them at about 375 for 10-15 minutes if you prefer to avoid frying. I haven’t tried this method yet, but it seems like it would work just fine.