Sunday, September 28, 2008

I am a Couch Potato

I had a productive business conference last week. I networked with some important people and was able to put faces with names that I had only seen on my emails. But, the most important part of my trip was, of course, the food. I only stayed one night, so my options were small. I did discover one thing I didn't like and one that I did.

For dinner, I ordered a Blue Cheese Burger with Sweet Potato Chips. As much as I like Blue Cheese as a dressing, a slice melted upon my burger was not as tasty as I had hoped it would be. The Sweet Potato Chips were just the opposite. I wasn't going to order them at first and just opt for the French Fries, but the ladies I was with said they were wonderful. I ordered them and they were right. These were fried, but once I got home and did a little research, I found that they can be baked and you can sprinkle them with a variety of spices, herbs, or toppings each giving a different taste.

I think the best thing is that the baked Sweet Potato chips are so much more healthy than the greasy potato chips that I love to munch on while watching television. Now, I can be a different kind of "couch potato" by enjoying a healthier version.

Below, I have put both a fried recipe and a baked recipe, depending on your preference.


Sweet Potato Chips

2 medium size sweet potatoes

Wash and slice pototes into thin slices, usually about 1/8 inch. The thinner you slice them, the crisper they can be.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, or parchment paper works fine, too. Spray with non-stick cooking spray. Lay potato slices on the cookie sheet and spray again with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for about 15-30 minutes, no need to turn the chips over. Since oven temperatures vary, check often to keep them from burning. When done, remove from oven and sprinkle with toppings, if desired.


These can be fried in a deep fryer or in a skillet on the stove. The oil should be around 350 degree and clean oil should be used. Place the potato slices carefully in the hot oil. Fry until a golden brown, usually 1 1/2 to 3 minutes. Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel. While chips are still warm, sprinkle with any of the toppings below, or one of your own choosing.

There are a variety of toppings that people have told that they like. The chips that I had at the restaurant didn't have any toppings on it and they were great.


powdered sugar
cajun spices
granulated sugar
brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg mixture

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