Do you wander around food markets and buy produce because it looks pretty? I do.
I have taken to buying things I wouldn’t normally buy just because I like the look of them – and let me tell you, it’s a fun way to shop. It usually means you find yourself cooking up a storm on the weekend making things up as you go along. I’ve certainly become a lot more adventurous since starting this blog!
Last weekend we found some wonderful baby yellow beetroots at the Ramsgate Organic Foodies Market and not knowing what I would do with them, I bought them without hesitation.
Scotty’s mum has recently taken to buying Macro beetroot chips from Woolworths. We love them as they are really tasty, but are clearly loaded with oil and deep fried. Today I thought I would make the beetroot chips we so love, but decided I would baking them instead of fry them for a much healthier version.
As this is a very quick and easy recipe i’m making it a Chew Town Bites post. The chips turn out wonderfully crisp and tasty and baking the chips was just as good as the fried version. The best thing about this is that it would work for sweet potato, carrots, and normal beetroot. My main tip is to make as many of these as you can. They will shrink significantly and you’ll just want to keep eating them!
BAKED YELLOW BEETROOT CHIPS
2 bunches of baby yellow beetroot, peeled (or other root vegetable)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup warm water
1 tsp sea salt flakes
Preheat oven to 180 degreed Celsius. Using a mandolin or very sharp knife but beetroot into very thin slices.
Combine sugar and water in a bowl and stir until sugar dissolves. Add the beetroot to the sugar water and soak for 10 mins. Drain well.
On a tray lined with baking paper, arrange the beetroot slices in a single layer. Bake in over for 30 min or until beetroot chips are dry and tender. Remove from the oven and set aside to crisp up. Once cooled completely, place in a serving dish and crush sea salt flakes over.
They should keep for a full day, but let’s face it… there won’t be any left overs.
I'm definitely known to buy fresh produce because it looks pretty. It's normal isn't it? The colour of your beetroot chips, cooked and uncooked is incredible! How could you NOT buy them?
Those are beautiful photos! Why the soaking? I have made beet chips many times and never soaked them. Now, I feel like I am missing something!
Agreed! They were such a great colour. I had these wonderful thoughts of making a beetroot and feta salad… but then my need for snacks won out!
It's the fact that the water has sugar dissolved in it which is the key. It helps conteract the tartness of the beetroot – also, it could just be me, but I noticed that they dried out more and were crispier after being soaked. I also salted them at the end and they seemed to have the perfect sweet saltiness thanks to the soaking.
Next time I'll experiment with and without the water and will report back!
Anna @ The Littlest Anchovy says
This is totally how I operate at the markets. I buy first and deal with how to cook it later! The more colourful or unusual the better! Love these healthy chips!
I buy stuff all the time too, without knowing how I'm going to use it. But I always figure out something. These look terrific – great idea. Sometimes when I find baby turnips I'll slice them as use them raw as chips – I'll bet they'd be great in this recipe, too. Good stuff – thanks.
I've never seen beetroot any colour other than that deep purple. I seriously need to get out a bit more. These chips sounds lovely. I do love my vegetable crisps usually only bought at my local flea market (how odd?)
The colour looks stunning!! Do they taste the same as normal betroot because I was thinking if I could make them with the normal one cause it's hard to find the yellow one?
Absolutely! You could definitely do this with the purple beetroots. They would turn out just as wonderful. Also, you can do this with carrots, sweet potato and almost any other root vegetable I believe!
I had seen them before but usually at restaurants. I'd never found them before to buy and take home. It was good fun using something familiar and yet unusual at the same time.
It's a great way to shop and something I think I'll do more of now that I've had good results. I think you are right – the trick is to just buy it and figure it out later!
oh wow… I love the turnip idea. I've got to give that one a go! Thanks for sharing – always love a few new ideas.
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