Let's be honest: Few foods are quite as satisfying as potato chips. They just check all the boxes. Chips are salty, crispy, and perfectly snackable. I don't think I've ever met a chip I didn't instantly connect with (save for stale ones, which doesn't happen on my watch). This snack used to occupy permanent real estate on my grocery list—until I realized that homemade baked potato chips taste better and are easy to make. Think about it: All you need are potatoes, seasonings, and oil.
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What Makes Homemade Chips Healthier
Yumna Jawad, the recipe developer behind Feel Good Foodie, shares why her homemade potato chip recipe tops store-bought chips: "Homemade potato chips are oven-baked, so they are a healthier alternative, and they are so simple to make," she says. "Also, rather than deep-frying the potatoes in lots of oil, we are able to use less, meaning there's lots less saturated fat. You can also control the seasonings, and they don't contain preservatives and additives to make them shelf-stable."
Jawad's easy chip recipe calls for russet potatoes (the starchier, the better), spices like garlic and paprika ("You can easily mix up your flavors with different spices, though"), and olive oil. To replicate the store-bought spuds, she says to make sure you:
* Slice the potatoes as thinly as possible. * Keep the peel on. * Dry them thoroughly before baking. * Lay them in a single layer on the pan.
You can easily adapt these oven-baked potato chips to suit your tastes: Try chili powder, onion powder, za'atar, rosemary, truffle oil, or any other favorite spices you have on hand.