I went there. I took a nutritious veggie (sweet potatoes are high in fiber, Vitamin A and potassium), and I turned it into a sweet and salty snack you can count on to satisfy any craving without packing on the calories and guilt. (Not that we count calories over here at Little Black Dress - oh no, that went out with Jane Fonda videos. We simply eat clean and sensibly, and these snacks are right up there with clean and sensible!)
Here's the how-to so you can get-to it already!
Chocolatey Sweet Potato Chips
1 sweet potato, thinly sliced
1 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbs olive oil
2 oz (or 4 squares from a baking bar) chocolate (70% cacao or higher)
Sea salt for dusting
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
Preheat oven to 375˚F. Either with a knife, mandolin or food processor with the slicer blade), thinly slice the sweet potato into even slices. In a bowl, coat the sweet potato slices with olive oil, cinnamon and a little sea salt, and mix well. On a baking dsheet lined with parchment paper, spread out the sweet potato slices and place in oven. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, keeping a close eye on them. (Wait too long to check and you could have an army of blackened chips!)
As they are cooking, melt the chocolate in a double boiler over low heat. Add in the cayenne pepper and mix well.
When the chips are done to perfection, meaning they're a little crisp on the edges and not soft and mushy, pull them out and let them cool for a few minutes before handling. Once slightly cooled, carefully dip one side into the melted chocolate and place on a piece of parchment paper to cool completely.
Enjoy these bad boys pretty much the same day... they won't keep as long as store bought chips will, but I think that's what home cooking/baking is all about... take out the preservatives and eat real food :)
If you're game to give this a go (and I don't see why you wouldn't!) let me know how they turn out for you! I know for me, more times than not, when I follow a recipe the end result doesn't reaaaaaaaalllly look like what I was thinking. This recipe is intended to be easy and pretty much fool-proof, so give it a confident go and let me know how it turns out! If you rock it, you much share it! ;) Happy baking/cooking!