Turnip Chips

This recipe comes from Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day and in it she writes that “these are the least perfect chips you’ll ever make.”  She goes on to say that some will burn, while others won’t crisp up at all and that you will be left with far fewer chips than you thought.

She was right and I’m thankful that she included the warning because otherwise I might have gotten depressed at the pitiful results of my labour.

Instead, I just thought, “she’s right but they’re yummy, so things even out!”

I’ve changed a few things in her recipe, mostly to make the flavour of the chips more appealing to my boys.

To make these less than perfect chips, take about 4 medium sized turnips. Wash them well, remove the rough ends and slice thinly. I almost lost a finger trying to cut into a round turnip, so it  might be advisable to make half-moon shaped chips instead, this way you are not cutting into a ball.

Place your slices into a mixing bowl and toss with 3 tbsp. of olive oil and 1/2 tsp. sea salt. Preheat your oven to 425 F and be sure that you have your two racks taking up the middle positions in your oven.

Arrange the chips in a single layer over two baking sheets and bake on the middle two racks for 12 minutes. At this point, you’ll need to check your chips and probably bake them for an addition 5-10 minutes depending on the thickness of your slices. I removed the slices one by one as they began to brown. Even so, some burnt and others were not crispy enough.

Once all your chips have baked, you can add your spices and flavours. I simply squeezed a little lime juice over them and served. I do think the chips should be served warm. They tasted best straight out of the oven.

Who ate them?

Husband- Yes, but I think he was disappointed that they were not really crispy.

Son #1- Tried one.

Son #2- N.O. spells no!

Son #2 turns 4 tomorrow so perhaps something miraculous will happen overnight and his picky self will be replaced by a mature and adventurous 4 year old. Either that or he’ll just find more eloquent ways of saying NO.

Happy Birthday little carnivore!!

-Mom on a veggie mission


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