Do crispy, seasoned potatoes ap-peel to you? If they do, you must try these vegan potato skin chips! They’re light, flaky, and just plain perfect. Enjoy them as a itty-bitty bite when you craving something crunchy or as an entire meal if you so desire.
Instead of composting (or, even worse, throwing out) piles of potato peels, choose the zero-waste way and make them into scrumptious little snacks. You won’t believe how tempting the texture becomes once you bake these playful slivers of potato. They’re absolutely spud-tacular!
Pick up that vegetable peeler, two of the most perfect potatoes, and let’s get shaving!
Superstar Ingredient––The Humble Potato
The practical and pleasant potato is often overlooked because of its ordinary shape and size. But, if we dig (not very deep), we learn that the nutritional benefits of this terrific little tuber are much higher than we ever imagined. Both the inside and the outside elements of the potato are impressive. Wanna know more about potato skins nutrition?
Very low in fat and high in fiber (especially in the skin)
Wondering about the whats, whens, whys, and hows for making this sensational vegan snack? Sometimes, when a recipe is too easy, it causes confusion as to how to serve it and what the heck to do with the food once you finish making it. Good thing we’re here to guide you!
What to Serve With It: There are endless options for serving suggestions. A few of our favorites include: with a vegan burger, alongside homemade hummus, as nachos layered with vegan queso, or truly just by themselves with ketchup, barbecue sauce, or hot sauce. Which is your favorite?
When to Make: The best time to make these potato peel chips is anytime! But, even better, when you know you’ll be using at least 1-2 potatoes in the next meal. About 30 minutes before you usually have a snack, prepare the peels properly and then save the potatoes themselves for cooking later. Bake up the chips and enjoy immediately! If you’d rather wait and have them later on, soak the skins in cool water for up to 2 hours, drain, pat dry, and then cook up as instructed. Easy peasy!
How to Season: Remember that the secret to success is tossing the potato skins with the seasoning as soon as they are removed from the oven. Begin with 1-2 teaspoons of dried herbs, adding more, if needed. Tasty choices include: smoked paprika, bagel seasoning, garlic and onion powder, curry, za’atar, nutritional yeast, or popcorn seasonings. Fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme, sage, parsley, dill, or chives work well too.
How to Use Potato Peels in This Recipe
Now that we’ve talked all about how awesome potatoes are and the many ways we can add them into our daily diet, here comes the fun part––finally baking these little babies! Following these steps below are a snap and you’ll soon start making these savory vegan snacks every day of the week!
Wash and peel your potatoes (making them long and thin).
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Pat peels with paper towels and coat with one teaspoon of oil.
Place in a single layer on a baking sheet. Season with salt, pepper, and fresh herbs only.
Bake for 15-18 minutes.
Add dried seasonings, if desired.
Equipment You’ll Need to Make Crispy Potato Skins
You’ll be happy to know that you really only need two simple things to make this potato peel recipe. Any other equipment is just to make measuring easier or the serving a little smoother. Once you have your potatoes and a couple of kitchen items, you’re ready to start baking!
We're taking potato chips to a whole new level with these potato skin chips! By baking this super healthy snack, you're not only satisfying your hunger, but also helping to save the earth. This zero waste method of cooking produces the crispiest and most flavorful potato skin chips, plus costs almost nothing to create.
Peeled potato skins, 2-3 Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes
1teaspoonolive oil, sub: avocado, canola or vegetable oil
Salt & pepper to taste, optional
Assorted herbs or dried seasoning, optional, see notes
Scrub potatoes well to remove all dirt & any blemishes in the eyes.
Preheat oven to 425° and gather 1-2 baking trays.
Using a handheld peeler, peel the potato in long thin strips until the entire peel is removed from the potato. Repeat with each potato. If you are not going to be cooking the potato skins immediately, place the peels in a bowl of water so they are thoroughly submerged to avoid oxidation (see notes).
Place peeled potato skins on the baking tray and pat dry with a paper towel to absorb any moisture. Pour 1 teaspoon of oil over the top. Using tongs (or your hands), toss the potato skins so that the oil gets distributed evenly all over.
Spread the potato skins out on the baking tray in a single layer, using a second tray if needed. Sprinkle with salt & pepper or fresh herbs, if using. Place in the oven and cook for 15-18 minutes.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle with any additional seasonings, tossing to coat. Enjoy on their own or serve with your favorite dip.
Potatoes: Any type of potato should work as long as you can peel pieces that are big enough to utilize as chips. Russet and Yukon Gold seem to work best and are likely what you will be using for your potato recipe. Sweet potatoes should also work, but tend to be a little thicker so they may require a bit more cooking time.To soak or not to soak: If you have the ability to cook these immediately then soaking is not required. If, however, you are in the middle of preparing a Thanksgiving dinner, then soaking is going to be your best friend. Simply place all the peels in a bowl and cover with water until they are completely submerged. When potatoes are exposed to air they oxidize and turn pink/purple over time. You can soak the potatoes for 1-2 days if needed. Simply drain the water and then pat dry, removing all excess water. If the potato skins are too moist, they won't crisp up well when baking, as the water will cause them to steam.Seasoning: Feel free to have some fun and add your favorite seasonings to these potato skin crisps. Many herbs and spices will burn when cooking so tossing the potato skins with the seasoning as soon as they are removed from the oven is recommended. Start with 1-2 teaspoons of dried herbs, adding more based on preference. Try smoked paprika, bagel seasoning, garlic and onion powder, curry, za'atar, nutritional yeast , or popcorn seasonings. Fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme, sage, parsley, or green onions work well too.Storage: You can store the potato crisps in an air-tight container once they have completely cooled for up to 3 days. They will lose just a touch of their crunch when stored.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use sweet potato peels instead of white potato peels for this recipe?
Yes, you can! Since the sweet potato skin tends to be a little bit thicker, they might need extra cooking time to get crisp. Just make sure to use big enough peel slices so that they will be big enough not to burn when baking.
What if I can’t bake the potato peel chips until the next day? Is that okay?
No worries at all! Simply place all the peels in a bowl and cover completely with water until they are fully submerged. Soaking the potato peels in this way prevents them from turning pink or purple over time due to oxidation. It’s safe to soak them for up to 2 days. When you’re ready to use them, drain off the water and pat dry to remove all of the excess water. Keep in mind that potato skins that are too moist won’t crisp up well and will only steam instead.
Can dogs eat potato skins?
Feeding your dog potato skins may sound rather innocent, but potato skins contain high levels of oxalates, which, if eaten in very large quantities, can cause kidney problems in dogs. Raw potatoes should also be avoided as they contain solanine, which can be toxic to some dogs. If your dog eats potato skins occasionally and sparingly, there shouldn’t be a concern, but it’s best to steer clear. Please consult your veterinarian if you have any concerns about the well-being of your canine companion.
Storing Your Potato Skin Chips
Cooked potato crisps can be stored in an air-tight container on the countertop for up to 3 days, once they have completely cooled. Sadly, they will lose a bit of crunch once stored, but you could always put them back in the oven (or even toaster oven) for about 10 minutes to crisp up a little.
The baked and cooled potato peels can also be frozen for up to a month. To defrost, place the potato chips in a single layer on a baking sheet and cook at 425 degrees for approximately 15 minutes until warm and crispy, depending on your oven.
Vegan potato skin chips recipe and vegan food photography by JJ Steele. Article by Gina House. Edited by Amanda Meth. Please note that this article may contain affiliate links which supports our work at World of Vegan.
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