Tips for Tasty Homemade Chips
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You’ve likely noticed that the world of chips has expanded far beyond potato over the past couple years. Kale chips are of course a big favourite but we’ve recently come across others worth exploring, too. Say hello to Beet Chips, Zucchini Chips, Carrot Chips and Radish Chips! Chip making is a great activity to do with the kids. It’s simple, customizable, delicious, and when you make them at home, you know exactly what’s in them. Here are some of the recipes we’ve come across that look the yummiest. (Added bonus: most of these have three ingredients or less.)
This is a quick and easy recipe by our friends over at Savvy Mom, who say this one’s a hit with toddlers. All you need is assorted beets, olive oil, salt & pepper. We love the simplicity.
We know zucchini isn’t always a kid's favorite food, but make them into chips with parmesan cheese, and you’ve got yourself a great after school snack. The bonus is that when kids make something themselves, they are more likely to enjoy eating it.
This is another easy recipe from one of our go-to blogs, Sweet Potato Chronicles. If you like sweet potato fries, you will love these crispy travel-friendly alternatives which only call for three ingredients and come along with a recipe for dipping sauce.
This recipe for kale chips makes a delicious and nutritious snack.
These chips are cooked in a frying pan, making the cooking process a little more difficult for the young ones, but they will be surprised to find how tasty carrots can be!
Perfect for a crunchy salad topping or an on-the-go snack, these radishes topped with salt, pepper, and rosemary, and baked for 15 minutes, are a unique hit. Tip: Since radishes shrink in the oven, make sure to find the largest ones available—a task your helper will love.
Tips to make sure your chips don’t come out soggy or burnt:
- Try to make each chip as uniform as possible. Slicing them at the same thickness is important for even baking.
- The right amount of oil is key. You don’t want to douse them in oil. A thin layer of oil all around the chip works best. Try using a brush for even spreading and some paper towel to soak up any excess oil (a good task for your assistant). But if you don’t have enough oil, your chips may burn quickly and lose flavour.
- Consider using olive oil rather than vegetable oil. It’s got great flavour.
- For unique flavours, you could try using oil-based salad dressings like Greek, sesame, or Italian as oil substitutes.
- Some of our fave seasonings include salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, cayenne, and/or herbs.
- Make sure your oven temperature is correct—most recipes call for high heat.
- Watch your chips closely while in the oven, especially for your first batch!