I almost don’t want to share this secret, but considering it’s all over the internet anyway I figure it’s not really my secret to keep. So here it goes.
Did you know you can make potato chips in the microwave? I shit you not, proper chips straight out of the microwave.
Since moving to Australia I’ve cut back on my chip intake by A LOT. I try to be fairly healthy and I just miss the baked chip varieties available in the US. Don’t get me wrong, there are tons of delicious chip flavours in Australia but no Baked Ruffles, no Baked Cheetos, no Baked Lays. Just tons of calorie ridden, salty, (delicious) yet mega unhealthy varieties. I miss eating chips with my sandwich. I miss snacking without all the guilt.
Well my friends, the time has come to bring the healthy chip down under… via my kitchen.
This last weekend I decided to try out something I had seen on Pinterest. Microwaved potato chips. Would these REALLY work? I sliced up one potato on Saturday and gave it a shot. Just sprayed a little olive oil spray, added a bit of salt and popped them in the microwave. Low and behold, it actually worked. Not only did it work, they were delicious. They taste like the fancy gourmet Kettle style chips! Yay I’m in love.
To make them you simply:
1. Thinly slice potatoes (the best part is that you don’t have to peel them)
2. Spray a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with salt or other seasoning
3. Pop them on some wax paper on a microwave safe plate
4. Nuke for 2-4 minutes until they start browning, then flip them. Watch your fingers, they are hot.
5. Nuke them for another 2-4 minutes until they are golden brown.
Watch them carefully in the end stages of cooking because they start to burn easily when they are nearly finished. Also every microwave is different and the thickness of the potato slices will result in different cooking times so just play around with it and see how you go.
When you take the plate out of the microwave, use a towel or gloves- it will be hot! Here’s what they look like before and during cooking.
Since they turned out so well on my first attempt I decided to try out these chips again in a few different varieties.
1. Regular potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper
2. Sweet potatoes with olive oil and salt
3. Regular and sweet potatoes with salt only, no oil
4. Regular and sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt and my own ranch-ish style seasoning (dill, garlic, other herbs)
-I think the regular oil and salt potatoes and the regular seasoned ones are my favourite. It’s really tough to decide though.
-Olive oil spray definitely adds to the flavour, but they are still good without it. If you’re really trying to watch your calories it could be omitted.
-Regular potatoes turn out a little nicer. Sweet potatoes are harder to cut, therefore are a bit thicker- making them go from really chewy to really crunchy pretty quickly. They are still nice when they are super crunchy though.
-Sweet potatoes also burn a bit quicker so watch them!
-While these are easy to prepare, they are time consuming to cook. You can only put so many in the microwave at one time meaning you have to make these in several batches. Each batch took me about 10 minutes to make and so for the total batch shown below it took over an hour.
On and I definitely need a mandolin if I’m going to keep making these.
Here you have it… the final product: low fat, yummo, homemade chips.