More Method Than Recipe
A month or so ago I started making microwave potato chips, thanks to the guidance of some other clever food bloggers. Enjoying the extra crisp, non-fat version of the great American snack, I wanted very much to be able to share it with my own readers. But, alas, the farm doesn’t grow potatoes. Since my mission for the blog is to only post recipes featuring produce harvested at the farm, I was at a bit of a loss. Then I got the bright idea of making kohlrabi chips during my obsession with that vegetable earlier this summer. Note to self and all of you: kohlrabi, for all its delights, doesn’t make good microwave chips.
I also tried beets at that time, and they didn’t really work since it was a real challenge to cut them uniformly thin. Fast forward to today: my new mandoline with its shiny blade cutting magic enters the scene. Oh baby, what a difference this kitchen gadget makes! I don’t really have room for many gadgets with my lack of cabinet space, but this one is worth its shelf space and then some. With the aid of the mandoline to make the beet slices all paper thin, new heights were reached in the arena of Beet Chips.
And so, with giddy glee, I pass along this method for making beet chips that rival those overpriced Terra Chips in all the fancy grocery stores. I’m thinking I might get myself a bag of those and try each of the root vegetables listed. Perhaps you should too…
1 beet per person being served
butter flavored cooking spray
First a word about the required tools for this recipe. You really need to have a mandoline to slice the beets uniformly thin. I tried making these beet chips before I got the mandoline and they just didn’t work. If you’re a master knife wielder, you might be able to manage without the mandoline. Secondly, parchment paper is pretty key as I tried both paper towels (chips stuck to the towel) and wax paper (didn’t soak up the moisture). Finally, microwaves vary, as we all know. Mine is fairly high powered (I think) so play with the cooking time to match your own microwave.
To make beet chips, slice beets as thinly as possible, applying almost no pressure to the mandoline when running the beet over the blade. Lay beet slices out in one layer on parchment paper, being careful not to overlap the slices. Spray slices with butter spray and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place another sheet of parchment paper over beet slices. Using a cutting board or baking sheet to aid in transport, move the beet slices/parchment paper sandwich to the microwave. (Do NOT put the cutting board or baking sheet in the microwave.) Cook on high for 3 minutes. Check to see if slices are crisp. If not, cook for 30 seconds more and check again. Continue with this method until you’ve established the correct time needed to produce crisp, but not blackened, chips.
Repeat process for all the slices, being careful to reduce time as necessary as your microwave heats up and gets more moisture in it with multiple batches.
(1 beet serves 1 person)