How to make incredibly easy, guilt-free microwave chips
Happy hour without something salty to nosh on? Boring! And what better snack to go with your cold brew, glass of wine or cocktail than chips?
If you've already attempted to make these at home, you know how easy it is. But if you've never tried or you're looking for a completely no-fuss method, this is one of the cheapest and quickest approaches out there. Prepare yourself because these chips are the real deal and much healthier for you than most.
Thanks to your trusty microwave, it's totally possible to whip up a batch of crunchy potato chips in 5 minutes without frying a thing.
In terms of preparing the recipe, count 1 potato for 1 generous handful of chips. Choose potatoes with a firm flesh, and come equipped with a mandoline (or a simple cutting knife), greaseproof paper, a microwave-safe dish, salt, pepper, spices of your choice, and that's it! There is absolutely no need to buy a fancy-schmancy chip tray or contraption. Easy and economical is the way to go.
Peel, wash and slice the potatoes as thinly as possible. This is where the mandoline comes in. It's extremely easy to use, and the thinner your raw potato slices are, the better. Dry the raw 'chips' with paper towels. Next, place the chips into your microwave-safe dish lined with greaseproof paper. Make sure the chips don't overlap, and keep them completely separate. Place the dish in the microwave and cook on high for 4 to 5 minutes. The chips are ready when golden brown and dry to the touch. Repeat the previous steps with the rest of your potatoes. It might seem a bit time-consuming when making a big batch, but it's so worth it when you see how crunchy the chips turn out, even without added fat. If they don't seem fully cooked, just put them back in the microwave for 30-second intervals until done. Be very careful when removing the chips from the microwave: use an oven mitt or kitchen towel to grab the dish, which will likely be burning hot. While cooling, mix a bit of salt, pepper and any other preferred spices together. Pour the warm chips into a serving bowl, sprinkle with your seasoning mix, toss gently and serve.
If you need that extra little bit of flavor, go ahead and lightly baste your chips with oil before cooking. And don't hesitate to get creative with your chip base. Try it with sweet potatoes or any of your fave veggies: zucchini, eggplant, beets, carrots, etc. Nothing beats original homemade chips that are 100% guilt-free.
So the next time you have some extra potatoes or unused veggies lying around, zap 'em up in the microwave for an easy, good-for-you snack. It's the perfect way to create a healthy balance with that glass of wine (or two) you'll be having ;)
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