TASTY Homemade Potato Chips… from the MICROWAVE?!

Potato Chips. Homemade. Fat Free. Low-Cal. Tasty. Crispy. Delicious. Sound too good to be true?! ITS NOT.

I stumbled upon this idea while looking for activities to do with the children at work during “Food, Fun & Fitness Month”. At first I thought “crispy potato chips… in the microwave?? Get outta here!”  I probably would never have tried making them, if it weren’t for the reviews (and I was pretty desperate for an activity!)

Whether you want a snack, or something to do with the kids, here’s why you should DEFINITELY try this:

  1. They actually taste good!! They’re comparable to the homemade chips & dips at the Ham’s Restaurant.
  2. They’re low-cal and fat-free! You really don’t need to add any oil
  3. No mysterious additives …just potatoes and seasoning
  4. You can season them however you want!
  5. Won’t break your budget

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Potatoes
  2. Seasonings (old bay, salt, pepper, garlic powder, seasoning salt… a few of my favs)
  3. Microwave
  4. Mandolin Slicer (or someway to cut the potatoes as paper-thin as possible)
  5. Parchment Paper or Bacon Tray (I prefer using a bacon tray!)
  6. Time (Each batch takes ~5 minutes and unless you have some crazy commercial microwave, you can only do small batches at a time)

Here’s what you’ll do:

  1. Wash the potatoes & cut out the bad spots (you can leave skins on)
  2. Slice the potatoes as paper-thin as possible
  3. Spread the potatoes out on the parchment paper or bacon tray. Its okay if the edges touch, but don’t overlap.
  4. Sprinkle lightly with salt or desired seasonings (you really only need to season one side of the chips)
  5. Microwave on high for 2-5 minutes? This is the trickiest part of the recipe. You want to cook them until they START TO TURN GOLDEN BROWN in the center. The longer they cook, the browner they’ll become… and they won’t taste as good. However, if you under cook them they will be limp and less potato-chip-like. Theres a fine line between under and over cooked.… that’s the secret!
  6. Remove from the microwave. They’ll become a little crispier as they cool down.
  7. ENJOY! Try experimenting with other spices and seasonings… as with anything, dipping them in Ranch is scrumptious!