Colorful, delicious and the ideal crowd-pleasing party snack to cater for almost everyone’s dietary needs - vegetable chips. Whether you are planning to use carrots, beets, turnips, zucchini or the traditional potato, it is easy to make them at home. Once you’ve set them out in front of your guests, your chips will be gone in no time!
Here are three simple methods for making veggie chips: with the oven, the microwave or the air fryer. If you have the ingredients at home already, you could be eating homemade veggie chips within the hour.
Tips for vegetable chips: Preparation (Takes about 20 minutes)
There’s a good chance you already have everything you need for making veggie chips at home. If you have unused vegetables lying around, it’s time to turn them into something great. You can make chips out of sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, zucchini, beets or even kale.
If you’re expecting guests, try making chips from a few different vegetables. It will not take much more work than just using one vegetable and it will make the result more colorful and interesting. It’s also a great conversation starter!
Follow these tips for preparing different types of vegetable chips:
• For beet chips, you’ll first need to remove excess moisture from the vegetable. After slicing, toss your beet chips in a small amount of salt and oil, to simultaneously season and draw out excess moisture. If you’d rather not use salt, you can layer your sliced beets between sheets of kitchen paper to soak up the moisture.
• The methods for beet chips will also work for other root chips, such as sweet potato, russet potato, parsnips and carrots. If you’re making root chips or using other starchy vegetables, you can get your chips to turn out crispier by soaking the slices in ice water for twenty minutes. Rinse them thoroughly afterwards. This should get rid of some of the starch.
• For zucchini chips, you’re likely to be dealing with more moisture. Squeeze as much as you can out of the slices with paper towels and leave them to dry for a bit longer between the sheets.
• For kale chips, tear the kale into chip-sized chunks and wash thoroughly. To dry your kale chips, dab with kitchen paper or use a salad spinner.