With fall rolling around, we’re ready to start thinking about foods in deep, rich autumn hues…such as the purple in these beautiful Stokes Purple sweet potatoes from Frieda’s Produce. We wanted to make a snack for the kids that would highlight this amazing purple color, but the snack had to be kid-friendly. The result? Purple sweet potato chips that are crispy and addicting with an undeniable “wow” factor. (Extra bonus: These potatoes are extremely high in antioxidants and have a very low glycemic index.)
How do you make potato chips? First you need the right equipment, namely a slicing apparatus that will allow you to make super-thin slices. We saw this as a great opportunity to break in our KitchenAid food processor attachment for the stand mixer that we got from Sur La Table and KitchenAid after visiting the Sur La Table test kitchen during the International Food Bloggers’ Conference (IFBC 2014).
The food processor is super-easy to use, and once it’s set on the thinnest setting, it’s easy to just keep slicing away without even thinking about how many potatoes you’ve gone through.
Once you’ve finished with your slicing and dicing, it’s simply a matter of frying the chips. Make sure you give space for each individual chip in the frying pan.
Purple Sweet Potato Chips
2 medium purple sweet potatoes, peeled and very thinly sliced
1/4 cup vinegar
Vegetable oil for frying
Place the sweet potato slices in a large bowl and toss gently with the sweet potato discs. Set aside.
Heat the oil over medium-low heat until you see little bubbles forming. Carefully place each of the disks flat in the frying pan. Fry until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Sprinkle with kosher salt (or place all of the chips in a paper bag, add the salt, and shake the bag. Serves 6.
These chips make a great lunchbox treat, but they can also serve double-duty as a side dish at dinner. Where can you purchase Stokes purple sweet potatoes? They’re available at Sprouts stores and a variety of other stores nationwide; for a full list click here.
Blogger disclosure: We received the sweet potatoes and the food processor attachments as gifts from Frieda’s and KitchenAid respectively; no compensation was received for this post and all opinions expressed are our own.