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Parsnip chips are a great snack for folks who miss potato chips. Whether you're sensitive to nightshades or cutting down on your carbohydrates, you may be missing potatoes.
I know I miss them every now and then. Actually, who am I kidding? I LOVE potatoes and miss them dearly!
I've tried nearly every potato replacement out there. I've fried radishes in place of home fries, I've mashed cauliflower in place of mashed potatoes, I've made celery root fries in place of French fries. I've tried them all and what I've learned, is that there is no good replacement for the almighty potato. So stop torturing yourself and grieve the loss of your potatoes. Enjoy these other foods for what they are and do not compare them to the version made with potatoes.
That being said, I wanted something salty and crunchy and my normal romaine lettuce salad or celery stick just wasn't going to cut it. So I decided to try slicing and frying a parsnip. I'm glad I did, this turned out amazing!
If you are actively working to recover your health, I'd probably skip these and I wouldn't eat these every day or in large quantities, but they're a really great occasional treat.
I definitely recommend experimenting with spices and seasoning your parsnip chips. I have tried them with Redmond's Real Salt season salt, Paleo Powder season salt, just salt, and lots of other spice combinations.
These are also strong enough to scoop. I have eaten them with salsa for a pretty delicious substitute for chips and salsa and they did great. If you can tolerate dairy, I'm sure these would be great with a homemade french onion or ranch dip as well.
Let me know how you like them if you decide to try this recipe.
- 1 Large Parsnip
- 1 Tsp. Salt
- Bacon Grease for frying
- Peel parsnip and slice with a mandolin.
- Fry sliced parsnip in oil of your choice (I use bacon grease) until brown and crispy. Depending on the thickness of the chips, this could take 5-10 minutes.
- Remove from oil, place on a paper towel, and salt to taste.