We eat sweet potatoes a LOT. Really, a couple of times a week for sure. And I pretty much always prepare them the same way. Very simply – roasted with just a little salt and pepper. Delicious, but I was bored of it! So I decided to try something completely different – microwave sweet and spicy sweet potato chips!
I remembered seeing on Pinterest a recipe about making sweet potato chips – in the microwave! I think I was more intrigued than anything. I honestly was a bit skeptical. Hard to believe that something could get crispy out of the microwave! But it works – and they are so good!
I’m totally on a sweet and spicy kick lately. I actually made maple and cayenne roasted Brussel Sprouts the other night that were out of this world! Will be posting those soon. These had a very similar flavor – maple and cayenne but I also added some chili powder. As you can see in my picture, I cut these with my knife. My next kitchen gadget purchase? Definitely a mandoline. I foresee that I will be making these a lot more and that would make my life SO much easier. Plus, then all the pieces are the same size, and they cook evenly, etc…
Microwave Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Chips
Yield: Serves 2
1 large sweet potato, scrubbed clean
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Cut of the ends of the sweet potato and slice as thin as you can get them with your knife or on the thinnest setting on a mandoline (recommended). Add the potatoes and all of the ingredients in a large bowl and toss with your hands.
Line the tray of your microwave with parchment paper and place the coated sweet potatoes in a single layer on the tray. Microwave on high 4-5 minutes or until the ends start to curl up and get crispy. If you used a knife and have some thicker pieces, these may need to remain in the microwave a little longer to ensure the middle of the chips are cooked.
Repeat with any remaining slices until all chips are cooked. Sprinkle with additional sea salt if desired and serve warm. I noticed they crisped up a bit more after sitting for a minute after being cooked.