One of the many things I love about this time of year is the beginning of beet season. A super food indeed, roasted beets have a great earthy flavor and are a great base base for summer salads. I found this recipe for chips and have modified it a bit as I found the original to be a bit too salty.
A word of caution - wear gloves when slicing the red beets, or your hands will become, well,...beet red. I don't have a mandolin, and prefer to slice them with a sharp knife instead. Also, make sure you watch these carefully as they cook. The thinner you can slice them the crispier they will be. You want the edges to start to brown. The thinner ones will cook faster and can be taken out sooner. Thicker slices will take considerably longer to cook. They will crisp up as they cool.
Roasted Beet Chips
1 large red beet
1 bunch of small yellow/golden beets (approx. 5-6)
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp paprika
3/4 tsp chilli flakes
Approx. 2 tbps Olive Oil, enough to coat
1 tbsp of fresh dill, chopped
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Place the salt, paprika, chilli flakes and dill into a small bowl and mix. Set aside. In two larger bowls, place the golden slices in one and the red slices the other.
Wash and trim the beets. Use a peeler to remove the skin. You want to cut the beets into very thin slices. You can do this using a mandolin, or a very sharp knife and a steady hand. Add half of the spice mix to each bowl, (this will ensure the red doesn’t stain the golden beets). Toss each bowl to coat with spices. Add just enough olive oil to each bowl and coat.
Lay out the golden slices onto one tray. Make sure the slices are not over lapping so they can crisp up. Do the same with the red beets on the other tray. Bake in the oven for 30-50 minutes until nearly crisp. The edged should start to turn brownish. Remove the chips from the oven and place on a drying rack to crisp while they cool.
These will keep at room temperature overnight or you can refrigerate them to make them last for a few days. To crisp them up again, put them on a baking sheet and bake them at 400 degrees for a few minutes.