You know those recipes that are so easy you could make them in your sleep? This is one of them.
A little part of me actually feels like there’s something wrong with posting this recipe. It has just one ingredient: apples. The preparation process is a breeze: slice apples. Place them on a baking sheet. Flip them once halfway through the cooking time. Cool. Eat.
I’ve been writing a food blog for almost three years. I’ve operated a personal chef business. I’ve written and published a cookbook. Shouldn’t I be giving you recipes that are fancy, gourmet, and tastefully brilliant? Maybe. But I’m not. Not today, at least.
Today, I’m giving you apple chips. You know why? Because they’re really, really good.
That’s what it comes down to for me when I develop recipes. Do they taste really good? Would I want to make them again? Eat them a dozen times straight? Serve them to friends and family? If yes, yes, yes, and yes, then I post it, no matter what the level of difficulty is. It’s funny, though. I often find that the simplest recipes are the most delicious. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to crank out wholesome, flavorful food. A few simple techniques are all it takes to create a winning recipe.
You might also like these easy gluten-free recipes from my cookbook that are featured on Relish Magazine’s website:
- Baked Chicken Thighs with Balsamic Cherry Pan Sauce – sounds hard. It isn’t.
- Trail Mix Clusters – a super simple snack idea.
- Huevos Rancheros Quesadillas – inexspensive ingredients (eggs, beans, and tortillas) turned into a wholesome breakfast or dinner.
See? If you’ve got a few basic cooking skills and a kitchen stocked with simple, easy-to-find ingredients, you can make delicious food that’s big on both flavor and good nutrition. That’s what eating well is all about.
1 medium Gala apple
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Using a mandolin, slice the apple very thinly, somewhere between 1/16- and 1/8-inch thick. No need to peel the apple or cut out the core. When you slice through the core, just remove the seeds from those few apple slices with your fingers.
Arrange the apple slices in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, flip the slices over, and bake for another 40-50 minutes until evenly browned, dry, and almost fully crisped. Cool the chips on the baking sheet. They will continue to crisp up as they cool. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Makes about 1 cup of chips.
Note: The chips may take longer to crisp up and dry out in more humid climates, so you may need to bake them longer if you live in a moist environment.