Gold Rush: Yukon Gold Potato Chips with Rosemary and Sea Salt
March 1, 2011

Yukon Gold Potato Chips with Rosemary and Sea Salt

Last week, I was having drinks with a good friend, and we got to the topic of blogging. He claimed that comments sections are the “province of the cowardly.” I get what he means, at least with regard to certain kinds of blogs, and certain kinds of commenters, especially those who go by the name “anonymous.” But I had to immediately correct him. “My comments section,” I said, “is actually what keeps me blogging.”

And this is true. Thank you so, so much for the amazing responses today and yesterday to my NEDA post; one reader suggested putting them in PDF format so that anyone who found the discussion useful could access them easily. Not a bad thought.

Getting back to food, I recently promised you a recipe for yukon gold potato chips. Have you noticed that when I promise to post something “tomorrow” or “later this week,” what I usually mean is “three weeks from now?” Sorry, guys and gals. These potato chips are coming at you a bit late. But they’re no less delicious for the delay.

The recipe really couldn’t be any easier. It all began with M’s famous delivery box, and the six or seven yukon gold potatoes we didn’t know what to do with. M suggested baking them, but the thing was, it was past lunchtime, and I was ravenous. And when I’m ravenous, I’m no fun. So a forty minute bake was out of the question.

Unless, of course, we could slice the ‘taters so thinly that they’d crisp up quickly. Which is exactly what we did. Using M’s mandoline, I cut two large potatoes into thin slices (I’d say 1/8-1/4 inch is fine). I tossed them in a “glug” of olive oil—maybe 2 tbsp or so—and sea salt and black pepper. I then laid them out on two baking trays and sprinkled them with just over a tablespoon of dried rosemary and another dash of pepper. After about 25 minutes at 400 degrees, they were crispy, crunchy, salty, and superb.

Advantages of these chips, over other chips:

1) Baked, not fried. These golden-brown treats are some raw foodists’ idea of a nightmare. But I think that balanced diets of raw and cooked foods can allow for some burnt edges here and there. And if you’re hooked on conventional chips, these guys are less caloric and lower in fat.

2) Gluten free-friendly. If you’re avoiding gluten, but missing your favorite crackers, these are good enough to distract you. Possibly forever. Or until you make them again.

3) Whole food snack option. Enough with your fancy organic crackers and crisps from Whole Foods or your local health food store. Those are yummy, but they’re also making you go broke. OK, maybe not, but these are the real whole foods: nothing but potatoes and spices. I’d recommend them any day as an alternative to conventional crunchy snacks, which have probably been through at least one level of processing!

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If you need precision with the recipe, here goes:

Yukon Gold Potato Chips with Rosemary and Sea Salt (vegan, gluten and soy free)

Yields about 30-36 chips

2 large Yukon gold potatoes, sliced thinly (1/8-1/4 inch, depending on whether you’re using a knife or mandolin)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
Black pepper to taste
1 1/2 tbsp dried rosemary

1) Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees

2) Toss the potatoes with 2 tbsp olive oil, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl.

3) Lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet, and sprinkle the rosemary on top (as well as extra pepper if you like).

4) Bake for 20-25 min, or until very golden and crispy (this will vary with your oven).

Yukon Gold Potato Chips with Rosemary and Sea Salt

These are a great snack, but they’re also very handy as dippers:

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This one worked nicely with up in smoke hummus!

Before I go, have any of you checked out my about page recently? There’s a cool new photo up, courtesy of M (resident photographer, recipe namer, and the mind behind unexpected, yet excellent flavor pairings). Check it out:

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Chard! Beautiful chard! That smile tells you everything you need to know about my reaction to fresh greens.

Adieu for now.

xo

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    45 Comments
  1. Those look delicious! I just found your blog and just want to say that despite the name “choosing raw” (which I’m totally into!) I’m happy to see you also feature cooked foods. Moderation is key!

  2. Those look delicious! I just found your blog and just want to say that despite the name “choosing raw” (which I’m totally into!) I’m happy to see you also feature cooked foods. Moderation is key!

  3. Just 2 weeks ago I decided I wasn’t buying anymore chips (Potato or tortilla or even Beanitos — my fave) no matter how healthy they may be. I was done with the extra ingredients and sooo done with the packaging that just ends up in landfills and poisons our beautiful planet. I’ve now mastered homemade potato chips. I’ll try adding some rosemary as you did. I’ve also now mastered tortilla chips and even made my own homemade version of Beanitos chips. I feel good eating them for dozens of reasons. Thanks for your recipe. Hopefully many people will start making their own chips.

  4. Your recipes all look so wonderful! I’ve been going through quite a few of them lately but I’m running into a slight problem- I’m allergic to bananas and I noticed they’re in quite a few of the recipes. What would you suggest as a good substitute for bananas in recipes?

  5. Wow, chips were a suprise on CW, but you’re right they are whole and healthy! I am convinced there is nothing that hummus does not pair with!

  6. Oh my! I am somewhat new to your blog and I had to comment once you said the comment section keeps you going. All of your recipes look AMAZING and I cant wait to try them out! I LOVE your approach to nutrition. Its so nice to feel as though I have found a good place to search recipes that are compatible with my own idea of what food should be like. Its not easy!! Far too many times I have tried to google a recipe based on certain ingredients and was lead to recipes that begin with something like “Take one can of condensed cream of chicken soup and mix with half a jar of cheese spread…” Gah!!!! Thanks so much for sharing the wisdom that most of us need to know but have no idea how to get it.

  7. Yum! I just love those.. potatoes, rosemary and olive oil is a winning combo!

    I love the pic of you too… I adore greens so much that I often talk to them and cradle them like a baby .. especially when they are freshly picked.

  8. I’m always subbing out the regular potatoes from my produce delivery box (which I’m guessing is the same as M’s!) because I never know what to do with them. Gena to the rescue again! Won’t be subbing them out next time.

    As for the rainbow chard, pretty and delish. So exciting when it’s part of the produce box!

  9. Thank you, that would be great. Sorry for the offense. I love your blog and you seem like a great person.
    Best wishes,
    Candy

  10. Maybe I am an extremist but these aren’t raw. I have not tried potatoes in the dehydrator, do you think that they would work just as well in a dehydrator? It sounds wonderful, so I would like to try it out.

    • Candy,

      They sure aren’t! I’ve tried regular and sweet potato chips in the dehydrator; I didn’t love regular, but I did really like the sweet potato chips, so I’ll post that recipe soon.

      G

  11. You had me at rosemary sea salt. One of the best combinations…EVER. And for some reason on potatoes, even better! LOVE the rainbow chard photo!!!

  12. These look wonderful!! Love the last shot of the chard….This is my first visit to your blog, which is fantastic. So happy I found it! xo

  13. I have a snacking problem when it comes to potato chips, so I can’t wait to make these. It looks so easy! I’m guessing any waxy potato could be used, so I think I’m going to try these tonight using some of the red potatoes I bought yesterday.

  14. YUM! Yes, the fancy GF crackers will make one go broke. I brought some of those Brad’s Chips to a party last week and when my friend found out how much I paid ($7.99) she nearly fell out of her chair. Moving on: Wow, that picture is gorge. Do you have a red kitchen? Beautiful. As for comments, yes, I agree, I live for my comments section. When I don’t get one I feel sad…

  15. Love the new photo – very clever!

    I absolutely love making potatoes this way. The only problem is I never make enough – when they are cut that small and delicious it’s easy to eat wayyy more than I thought I would!

  16. Love the simplicity of this healthy chip! Question, have you ever tried potatoes in the dehydrator? Wonder how they would work?

    That picture is a framer!

  17. This is so crazy–last week a friend of mine suggested that I make these (and I did, and they were awesome!), and them Evan from Wannabe Chef and you both blogged about them. But what my friend said (and this is important for me) is that you don’t need any oil at all, you can just bake the thinly sliced potatoes with whatever seasoning you want . . . extreme right?!? Well, it worked! And now I know what to do with all of those potatoes that I get in my organic veggie share every other week. Cause prior to this “discovery” I ended up with a biology experiment in my pantry.

  18. I totally agree about the comments section!

    Love the taste and texture of yukon golds, so I’d LOVE those chips. Thanks for the recipe! And I love chard 🙂

  19. That is an incredible photo!

    I love, love, love rosemary…I bet the same spice blend would be fantastic on sweet potato chips too!

    Hope you are having a great week, hon.

  20. this reminds me of my failed attempt to make chips like this with sweet potatoes. I think they burned before they could get crispy. maybe white potatoes are just the best for chips.

    yes I know a few raw foodies who would run screaming from these, but then again some of the same I see sneak chips at vegan/raw joint events.

    i like the idea of making your own chips because the ones in the store are way too salty for my palate now.

  21. After years of not loving regular potatoes, I am just starting to get back into them. This seems like a lovely recipe featuring the good ole’ potato!

  22. I absolutely loooove making homemade, and I particularly love the ones that are thinner and crunchier than the rest… I think it’s a sign that I need to make these chips!

    I love how you can make a whole bags worth of chips for way less, and they’re healthier and tastier with zero waste.

  23. Gena, these chips look WONDERFUL!!

    There is nothing better than rosemary and warm potatoes. Ok, well, chocolate 🙂

    But seriously, these look awesome! I love that they are baked not fried and GF friendly. They look like the crisped up wonderful and that possibly (if I could make enough to actually have leftovers) that I could baggie-them up for on the go snacks. Gosh, I am drooling here….

    And your new About picture and page…lookin’ good there!

    And comments sections being the province of the cowardly. It *can* be. I get my share. Good thing I am friends with my delete key as necessary. Glad that your post was well-received…b/c it deserved to be! 🙂

  24. These look absolutely phenomenal. I love rosemary! Thank goodness I have potatoes in my refrigerator. I’m thinking I’ll be making some of these very soon!

  25. I agree! I respond to every single comment I get, and the interactions that occur in and beyond the comments section are what make blogging worth it 🙂

    Love the look of these chips! I’ve only made wedges before. I love rosemary with potato too!