Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Baked Potato Chips with Gorgonzola Crumbles


See these? They look delicious don't they? Well let me be quite honest in saying that they are! One of my weaknesses includes snacks that are crunchy. You know, potato chips, crackers, pita chips, tortilla chips, etc. I love them all, but I don't love the fact that they're usually fried and really not the best thing for you. Now they have the baked potato chips out, which are really good (especially Lay's Baked! Cheddar & Sour Cream Crisps) but they're packaged and my whole philosophy behind packaged food is: It's Not Good For You! You know as well as I do, that we buy it (some of it) and eat it, but I really try to stay away from it because even though they're baked and supposedly "good for you" they're in a package and stuffed with preservatives and all sorts of other weird things that we cannot pronounce!

Lately, when I want a crunchy snack, I have been making my own! It's super duper easy and they actually taste a lot better than some of the crap you get in the store! Most people always have potatoes on hand and they go great with just about anything. And again, because you're making them, you control what goes on can make them as salty as you like or as plain as you like. And if you really want to go all out (like I did), dress them up with a little Gorgonzola sprinkled on top, pop 'em back into the oven until it melts a bit and voila...a tasty and healthy snack! If you don't like Gorgonzola, use something else...cheddar, Parmesan, mozzarella, etc. You can dress them up even more by topping them with chili, sour cream and scallions or doing an Italian version. And if you really want to get creative, try making some of your favorite flavors: salt and vinegar, salt and black pepper, dill pickle, southwestern ranch....whatever your heart desires!

Baked Potato Chips with Gorgonzola Crumbles

2 Lg. Idaho Baking Potatoes, sliced thinly
Olive Oil Cooking Spray
Gorgonzola Cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray lightly with cooking spray. Spread potatoes out evenly on the baking sheet and spray lightly with cooking spray. Season, to taste, with salt and bake for 30 minutes (or until crisp).

Lightly sprinkle Gorgonzola, to taste, over the chips and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes (or until cheese begins to melt and becomes bubbly). Carefully remove the pan and serve immediately.

Yield: 2 Servings
Source: With a Cherry on Top


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