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Tips for Making Homemade Baked Potato Chips

July 11th, 2013 Cooking

Baked potato chips are a delicious and healthy alternative to fried chips or French fries. Fortunately, they're easy to make right in your own home and have significantly less fat and fewer calories than traditional potato chips.

How to bake potato chips
With this easy recipe, all you need are potatoes, oil, cooking spray, salt, pepper and any other spices you might want to add. After preheating your oven to 400 degrees, cut your desired amount of potatoes in slices about 1/4-inch thick, suggests Martha Stewart Living magazine. Then spray a large, rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray to ensure that the potatoes don't stick. If you want crispier chips, try cutting your potatoes a little thinner. Try to make sure all potatoes are cut evenly to ensure that they finish cooking at the same time.

Take your sliced potatoes and toss them in a bowl with the oil, pepper, salt and other spices, such as garlic or oregano. Spread the potatoes evenly and about 1/4 inch apart over the pan and, once the oven is preheated, put them on the middle rack. Let the potatoes bake for about 30 minutes, flipping them halfway through. Once they're fully cooked, spread them over parchment paper and let them dry for a few minutes before serving.

Health benefits
Baked potato chips have much less fat than their fried alternative, writes the San Francisco Chronicle. Using extra virgin olive oil contains fatty acids that promote healthy cardiac function and may reduce risks of type 2 diabetes. Conventional fried potatoes typically contain more saturated fat, which is unhealthy.

Potatoes naturally have good amounts of potassium and vitamin C. Eating baked potatoes is a great way to get these vitamins into your diet. Potassium helps heart health by fighting high blood pressure. Vitamin C boosts the immune system, while a lack of this essential nutrient can lead to a breakdown in skin, teeth and other significant body parts.