I got caught unawares this week as I thought we were supposed to be doing beef! Must get new glasses.
So beets? Well, I love them pickled and I like them in salads with cheese and I even made a risotto once with beets but they're definitely not something I use often. Then it occurred to me that we often buy these snack chips that have sweet potatoes, tarot root, and something that looks like ... beet chips! So I figured why not?
Let me tell you, these were so easy peasy! I can't believe I never made them before. As a matter of fact, this recipe has so few ingredients that even my friend Stephanie would have to try it (she has a five ingredient rule). Anyway, here it is.
- 3 - 4 beets, peeled and sliced thin (I used a plastic pampered chef slicer for this)
- SALT (originally I reached for the kosher salt, but then opted for Pope salt, but any good sea salt will probably do)
- 2t OLIVE OIL
- 1t minced fresh rosemary
- 1/4 - 1/2t garlic powder
Preheat oven to 350F.
On a rimmed baking sheet (aka jelly roll pan), lay out the beet slices in one layer. Sprinkle with salt, rosemary and garlic powder then drizzle with oil. Toss to coat.
Put another baking sheet on top (got this tip from Martha Stewart; I think it keeps them from curling).
Put in oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and bake another 10 minutes or until they get light. As they get light, remove to a wire rack.
I actually had to put them back in 3 times (for 10 minutes each) to get them all light in color - for a total of 50 minutes. Through that time though, I did remove some of the smaller chips.
My only complaint - is these do shrink up so what starts out as a lot of chips ends up being not so many. For my next attempt, I may cut the oil down to one teaspoon (since they shrink).
My tiny serving of beet chips
Now Weight Watchers would probably want you to count the beets in some way (if you put this recipe into their recipe builder on e-tools) because they're cooked. But come on! Who eats raw beets? You can't say they're zero points only if you eat them raw! So all I counted was the oil in these and that's 2 points (and your daily dose of healthy oils). As good as any baked chip out of bag, if you ask me.