My favorite way to eat a sweet potato is just baked, with a little butter, and a sprinkle of salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. My son likes it that way too, he calls it "pie." (Hey, who am I to correct that one, hehehe). He really loves sweet potato chips too. Unfortunately, even with sweet potatoes, those chips don't seem too much better for you and are usually expensive, so we don't get them. A few weeks ago I saw a recipe for microwave potato chips on yahoo, well, actually my husband did, and he sent the article to me. I thought it was interesting, so I tried it right then and there, but we didn't have white potatoes, so I tried it with our sweet potatoes. They took a bit longer to cook, but my son and my husband liked them so much that I had nothing left to shoot for a post picture. Oh well. Today however, my husband is at school, kids are up for naps, and I was actually able to make some and get a picture before they were devoured.
I seasoned these with salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Slightly reminiscent of my baked sweet potato I dearly love, but not over whelming. I have also done just salt, as well as Lawry's Seasoning Salt. All of them were delicious, so season with whatever you like. The nutmeg and cinnamon scream fall though, and I so desperately want it to be fall.
I haven't perfected these, but it is because I don't have a mandolin, I am too lazy to pull out my food processor, and my knife skills leave something to be desired. If you have one of the first two items, I highly recommend using them if you plan to make a bunch, it will be easier, and they will come out more uniformly. Otherwise, cut them as thin as possible. The thinner they are, the quicker they cook, the crunchier they will be.
**Microwave times will vary, depending on the strength of your microwave and how thick they are cut, so keep that in mind, try for the lesser time, and add 30 second increments. The ingredient amounts are based on how many you want to make, so use what you need, and season to your liking.
MICROWAVE SWEET POTATO CHIPS
- sweet potatoes, washed and scrubbed, skin on
- ground cinnamon
- olive oil cooking spray
- Slice the washed sweet potatoes using a mandolin, food processor slicing attachment, or a sharp knife. Cut as thinly as possible, 1-2 mm thick.
- Place slices in a bowl of cool water for 5 minutes.
- Remove slices and dry well with a paper towel.
- Spray a microwave safe plate with the cooking spray and place a single layer of sweet potato slices on the plate.
- Spray the slices with the olive oil cooking spray lightly and sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
- Place in microwave for 2-4 minutes, depending on the thickness of your slices and the strength of your microwave. Mine took about 3 min and 30 seconds, but my microwave sucks and I cut them with a knife, so they were kind of thick.
- They will curl around the edges and feel fairly dry when done. The one in the center will probably start to brown, be careful not to over cook, they do actually burn (found out the hard way).
- The sweet potatoes will continue to get a bit more crispy as they cool, so take that in to consideration. Repeat with remaining slices until the desired amount is reached.