This sweet potato chips recipe is a continuation of what appears to be an impromptu Sweet Potato Week. I didn’t plan it, I swear! I’m out in the middle of Cape Cod, where there’s a foot of snow on everything. The only thing there is to eat around here, besides cereal, is sweet potatoes. So that’s why I’m making them all the time right now.
After making my winter sweet potato gratin, and then baked sweet potato fries a few days later, I wanted something a little different. I thought, what else do I make with regular potatoes that could stand to be a little sweeter? Then, like a little bird chirping in my ear, I thought, potato chips! Perfect.
What do I love about this dish? Where to begin? This sweet potato chips recipe will yield some of the lightest, crunchiest chips you’ve ever had. They’re gently sweet with a touch of salt, and if you like, you can sprinkle them with a little cayenne or other spicy topping to create a bit of heat. I love these chips because they are so completely addicting — make a huge bowl because you’ll mow through them in short order.
These sweet potato chips are fried in oil, just like regular French fries. They have a nice, light crispy texture, and if you use a little peanut oil in the fryer along with your frying oil of choice, they will have a mild nutty flavor. You don’t need to use the peanut oil, so feel free to omit, but it really takes them to the next level.
- 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch slices
- 4 cups ice water
- 1 cup peanut oil (optional)
- Oil for the fryer (I prefer rice bran oil for its taste and health properties)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
- Place sweet potato chips in ice water for about 10 minutes.
- Add the peanut oil to the oil you will be using to fry the chips. Preheat deep fryer, bringing the oil to 350°F (176°C).
- Remove sweet potato chips from water and pat dry completely with paper towels. Slowly lower chips into hot oil, ten or so at a time, and allow to fry for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the edges of the chips are golden-brown.
- Remove from oil and allow to drain on a plate lined with a paper towel. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, tossing together well. Great served with a simple homemade ketchup or your sauce of choice.
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