oven-dried potato and apple chips
A couple of weeks ago we packed the kiddies in the car and went apple picking to our favorite orchard in Pomona, NY. The Orchards at Conklin is a real treat for many reasons, but most of all because it’s really close—less than hour from our Brooklyn home. The inflatable kids’ rides are a tie with the wonderful little country store (ok, so not really a tie—I love the shop and the kids love the mini-amusement feeling).
Now I’m going to tell you a secret. We didn’t really pick any apples. After hitting traffic on the GW Bridge, the massive crowds at the line to pay for what you pick and the pretty bare pumpkin fields, we decided to skip the apple orchards and spend some time at the store and rides. The store has a great spice section and the prices are amazing. I stocked up on some whole nutmeg and cinnamon sticks for the upcoming baking and apple cider mulling season (there’s a post to come on that too!). And, of course, I bought lots of apples. Oddly enough, I wasn’t in the mood for apple pie, so I needed to find something to do with them. Don’t ask me why, but for some reason apple chips popped into my mind. I figured they would be a nice sweet and crispy sensation. And, I was right. They proved to be a big hit, so much so that I couldn’t bake them fast enough to keep up with the Mr. They’re incredibly easy to make and it seems silly to write a recipe but I’ll record it for you at the end nonetheless.
More important than a recipe, though, is you’ll need a very sharp slicer and some silicon baking mats (silpats are my favorite, and please do not try parchment or a greased cookie sheet). Now I was lucky enough to get this fancy chef-type Bron mandoline from the Mr. for Christmas many moons ago. This is certainly worth the investment and will last a lifetime but you can certainly make do with a less expensive gadget. Since it’s the only one I’ve ever used I can’t help with any recommendations, so please chime in on the comments if you have a fave we should all know about. You will need a slicer of some sort though because I don’t know anyone who can slice apples (or potatoes—yes, really!) this evenly paper thin with lightening speed.
Once I had made quite a few dozen batches of apple chips (even spiced some up with a dash of chiptole powder) , I moved onto some yukon gold potatoes. A sprinkle of salt and they were good to go. These are perfect for everyday snacking but will be a nice touch to my holiday parties and dinners this year too.
oven-dried apple chips (and potatoes too)
makes about two dozen
If you’re baking two trays at a time, be sure to rotate the pans halfway-through for even cooking. And if you decide to make potato chips, just give them a sprinkle of sea salt—no oil necessary.
1 medium to large apple, sliced paper thin
Silicon lined baking sheets
Preheat oven to 225ºF. Place apple slices single layer on a silicon-lined baking sheet. Bake for one hour until crisp and dried. See, I told you it didn’t really need a recipe.
Lori @ RecipeGirl
How terrific! I went apple picking a few weeks back too. We did pick a few (trees were already pretty bar), but bought some too. Ours didn’t have a cute little store to shop at. Admittedly, many of my apples are still sitting in the fridge. I don’t have a mandoline yet, so I might do applesauce.
Great snacks! I love apple season!
That’s one fancy mandoline! 🙂
I should try making potato chips (maybe even sweet potato chips!)
The Cooking Ninja
oooh … nice. Will have to try that at home. 🙂 I love chips.
mmmm. I just got a silpat…guess I need a mandoline!
Any reason why parchment won’t work/must be silpat? I’m just curious becauseI do not own a silpat and I’m broke. I’d love to give these a shot with sweet potatoes as mentioned by Olga or even beets or turnips!
yum! what great snacks! never really thought to make my own apple chips- but it’s def easy enough! guess i know what i’m going to do with my extra apples!
Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction
Those chips look wonderful… I think it’s time to break out the mandolin and take my mom up on her offer to pick up some apples at the orchard for me this weekend!
Great tutorial, these look delish!
Kyle A.C. Rosenbaum
Too cool. I’m definitely going to try this out!
Oh, gosh — these look amazing… though what really ended up catching my eye was that mandoline. 🙂 Totally need one like that!
We didn’t get to the orchard this year, and I’m totally missing all the bounty. Living vicariously through bloggers like you!
I LOVE apple chips, but, every time I have made my own they are chewy versus crispy. Did yours turn out crispy? They look delish!
ncsuemme – I prefer silicon liners because they ensure a non-stick result with out using any oil. If you’d like to give parchment a try, just lightly oil the sheets before placing the apple slices down. Use canola for apple and any oil will do for the potato, just keep in mind that it will impart the flavor into the chip.
Danica – Yes, these chips are really crisp! For storage, I’d recommend an air-tight container in a cool, dry part of the house.