Super Snacky Raw Sweet Potato / Yam Chips*
Wow. Saw these in a photo from MAKE at Matthew Kenney’s in Santa Monica and decided to try and replicate them. In the photo they were used as a salad garnish. Here, I am just trying to make them for a snack first.
Easy to make. And so far, we have eaten 1/4 of the first batch.
Take 1 Yam (it’s really an orange sweet potato, you can’t actually get yams in the US unless you shop at a store that imports them. Yep, look it up.)
Slice it as thin as you can on a mandolin. This is critical. If I could have sliced them thinner I would have. Notice the glove I am using. You can find them here – It’s impossible to use that plastic holder grip thing that comes with the mandolin – these are amazing. Don’t have a mandolin? This is the one I use, it’s from Oxo. Note: No need to peel. In fact, look at the photos, the thin red line is attractive around the edge and may contribute to the nice curl the edges get.
Next, drizzle olive oil and salt on the slices and with your fingers, make sure all of the slices are evenly coated. This was my first batch and I think that I will use less oil next time. The slices are very dry, so you don’t have to worry about toweling them off first.
Place the slices on Teflex and place in the dehydrator at 115 for 12 hours. Turn the chips over onto a new tray and remove the Teflex so that they are on the mesh only for another 12 hours.
My next batch I am going to try to spice them up a bit with some Chipotle and a few with some Nutritional Yeast to get a cheesy vibe to them.
Had I known these were so easy to make, I would have made them a year ago.
Variations that I am considering: try one of the infused olive oils – basil, garlic, lemon… try pink, black, or a more flaked sea salt… try to go sweet with them and use coconut sugar and cinnamon…. what else?
til we eat again,
ps. if you do want to know more about Yams vs Sweet Potatoes check out this article and thanks to this video for giving me a headstart. I love it that I can Google something new and in 2 clicks find exactly what I’m looking for.
*thinking that I might call these YIPS