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Sweet Potato Chips with Rosemary Salt

March 11, 2012 by Bake Up, Little Suzy

Sweet Potato Chips with Rosemary Salt

Have you seen that Food Network show Barefoot Contessa, hosted by Ina Garten? Ina, an incredibly wealthy, preppy East Coaster, shares recipes and tips for entertaining in a soothing Bob Ross-style voice, punctuated with rhetorical questions and her trademark nervous giggle.

How easy is that?

While I do aspire to emulate the Barefoot Contessa by living a fabulously privileged life in the East Hamptons someday, full of florist friends and elegant soirees, I’ve had a difficult time adhering to one of Ina’s basic rules of entertaining: prepare only three dishes from scratch, and buy the rest of the menu pre-made from the deli counter.

You see, I’m known among my regular dinner guests as the hostess with the mostess ambition in the kitchen. I like to pour hours into making every morsel with my own two hands. I mean, I’ve made my own ketchup. The thought of leaving half the menu in the hands of the deli counter just feels wrong to me. And yet, Ina has a point – making everything myself often means that I spend the party in the kitchen exhausted, rather than enjoying dinner with my guests.

So I took a very important step with this recipe (if you can even call it a recipe). The first time I made sweet potato chips with rosemary salt, I sliced the potatoes, fried them in oil, and tossed them in rosemary and kosher salt. They were delicious – salty-sweet, perfectly crispy, with a fresh, pungent earthiness from the rosemary. And they were a huge pain in the ass to make.

The second time I prepared this delightful snack, I bought a bag of Terra Chips, tossed them in vegetable oil, rosemary, and kosher salt, and popped them in the oven for a couple minutes. They were every bit as good as the homemade version, and a lot less work.

Rosemary

But I have a reputation to uphold. So, if anyone asks, I risked my fingers and knuckles slicing paper-thin sweet potato chips on a mandolin slicer. Then I braved third-degree burns from the hot oil frying the chips to a perfect crisp. And oh! Dealing with the mess afterwards – a greasy splatter-slick covering the stove top and a quart of used oil to dispose of – what an ordeal! Of course, it was totally worth it.

Did that sound sincere?

Continue reading for the Sweet Potato Chips with Rosemary Salt recipe

5.0 from 2 reviews

Sweet Potato Chips with Rosemary Salt
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Servings: 4
 
Salty-sweet and perfectly crispy, with a fresh, pungent earthiness from the rosemary.
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus salt to taste
  • 1 6-ounce bag sweet potato chips, unsalted
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. In a small bowl, combine oil, rosemary, and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix until smooth.
  3. Pour the chips into a large bowl and drizzle them with the rosemary and oil. Toss with your hands very gently, until the chips are evenly coated.
  4. Spread the chips on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 2 or 3 minutes. When they’re heated through, toss them again, add kosher salt to taste and serve immediately.
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21 Comments »

  1. Sarah says:

    HA! You have me laughing and you have Ina pegged to perfection! I LOVE sweet potato chips and shortcuts, so this is just perfect for me!

  2. OH. YUM!
    I have a rosemary bush and even though it’s 1AM, you so have me wanting to run to the store for chips and trying these!

    • Bake Up, Little Suzy says:

      I fully support that choice. I would suggest, though, putting on pants first. It’s totally up to you.

  3. Lisa says:

    I love Ina and hopefully one day I’ll get to live that way too ;) Thanks so much for sharing this delicious recipe at Mix it up Monday!

  4. Maria says:

    Love this recipe and using rosemary salt on sweet potato chips! I love Ina too, and any recipe of her’s I make always comes out having great flavor!

  5. I love Ina too! If I want to slave over the sweet potatoes, do you have a good suggestion on how to bake them instead of frying the potatoes?

  6. These look absolutely delicious – can’t wait to try them!
    Found you on Lil Luna – would love to have you come by for a visit!

  7. I just bought sweet potatoes this week at Costco, how timely your recipe! Would love for you to share at http://iamaddictedtorecipes.blogspot.com/p/link-party.html
    Have a great day!

  8. Jana says:

    First, thanks for your comment earlier on my blog.
    Also wanted to say these sound good. I’m gonna have to try them out!

  9. bj says:

    Ummm, love sweet potato chips. Will try this, for sure.
    I also love your cute personality. :)

  10. So, I really need to try these. Her recipes look fabulous, but sometimes out of my reach, you know? I think I could handle this one. Thanks for sharing at Handmade Tuesdays.

    • Bake Up, Little Suzy says:

      Oh, this wasn’t an Ina recipe — I’m sorry if I was unclear. I just took her advice to use some store-bought menu items. But I know what you mean about Ina’s recipes. One time she suggested using truffle butter for a budget-friendly meal, because it’s so much less expensive than using whole truffles! I love her, but she’s a bit out of touch with the way the rest of us live.

  11. Thanks for sharing at Scrumptious Sunday! I will be giving these a try!

  12. Miz Helen says:

    I love the Rosemary Salt for the Sweet Potato Chips and can’t wait to try it, we will just love this treat. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    Miz Helen

  13. Lyuba says:

    Wow, these sounds very good! I think my hubby would love it, he loves sweet potatoes!

  14. These look fabulous! I have featured them on this week’s edition of Makin’ You Crave Monday. Come by, check it out, & link up something else for this week’s party!

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  16. Brenda Parsons says:

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