With sweet-potato chips, it's all about the slicing


December 31, 2003|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

Marilyn Whitten of St. Augustine, Fla., wrote that she was seeking a recipe for baked sweet-potato chips. She said that the recipe had been shown on a live TV show but she had turned it on just as the potatoes were being removed from the oven.

Virginia Comstock of Santa Rosa, Calif., responded with a recipe that she feels is the right one.

Baked Sweet-Potato Chips

Makes about 60 thin chips

2 sweet potatoes (or baking potatoes)

salt, to taste (can use onion salt or garlic salt for added flavor)

nonstick cooking spray

Peel sweet potatoes or white potatoes. Slice very thinly and place on a baking sheet and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt. Bake until crisp in a preheated 350-degree oven, about 25 minutes. Serve immediately.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "The trick to this recipe has nothing to do with the baking - it's the cutting. There is a professional thin-slicing tool called a mandoline that does a perfect job of making paper-thin sweet potato slices.

"If you don't own a mandoline, I have two other suggestions: The side of boxed cheese graters often have a single-slice aperture, and a good old-fashioned metal cheese plane that slices very thinly will work as well, especially on regular potatoes. [Sweet potatoes have a tougher texture.]

"If you have good knife skills, by all means put them to use slicing the potatoes! I would also suggest spraying a little nonstick cooking spray on the baking sheet before putting the potatoes down - you don't want them sticking."

Recipe requests

Bud Wurzberger of Glen Burnie wrote that his wife loved veal cutlets and a dish called Veal Normandy. He wants a recipe and added that he'd even like to know of any place that sold the cutlets.

Sandra Widera of Carson City, Nev., wrote that "Many years ago a friend of my grandmother's made a cake called a Booze Cake that was delicious and didn't have any booze in it. I would appreciate help."

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278. If you send more than one recipe, please put each on a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and daytime phone number. Important: Names must accompany recipes for them to be published. Please list the ingredients in order of use, and note the number of servings each recipe makes. Please type or print contributions. Letters may be edited.

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