I went there. I took a nutritious veggie (sweet potatoes are high in fiber, Vitamin A and potassium) and I turned it into a sweet and salty snack you can count on to satisfy any craving without packing on the calories and quilt. (Not that we count calories over here at Project Slim Waistline - oh no, that went out with Jane Fonda videos. We simply eat clean and sensibly, and these snacks are right up there with clean and sensible!)
Here's the how-to so you can get to it already!
Sweet Potato Chips
1 sweet potato, thinly sliced
1 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbs olive oil
2 oz (or 4 squares from a baking bar) chocolate (70% cacao or higher)
Sea salt for dusting
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
Preheat oven to 375˚F. Either with a knife or mandolin, thinly slice the sweet potato into even slices. In a bowl, coat the sweet potato slices with olive oil, cinnamon and a little sea salt, and mix well. On a baking dish lined with parchment paper, spread out the sweet potato slices and place in oven. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, keeping a close eye on them. (Wait too long to check and you could have an army of blackened chips!)
As they are cooking, melt the chocolate in a double boiler over low heat. Add in the cayenne pepper and mix well.
When the chips are done to perfection, meaning they're a little crisp on the edges and not soft and mushy., pull them out and let them cool for a few minutes before handling. Once slightly cooled, carefully dip one side into the melted chocolate and place on a piece of parchment paper to cool completely.
Enjoy these bad boys pretty much the same day... they won't keep as long as store bought chips will, but I think that's what home cooking/baking is all about... take out the preservatives and eat real food :)