Sweet Beet Chips–Almost Like Candy (Really!)

I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t tried it.  After all, Martha’s “Candied Beet Chips” seemed of two worlds–cook sliced beets in sugar water, then dry like a potato chip?

Beet Chips

Beet Chips

I was used to candied fruit–boil in sugar water, then coat in sugar–and I’d even done this with pieces of ginger after making ginger syrup.  I was used to homemade chips–slice veggies thin, add oil, salt and bake ‘til crisp.  What would this be like?

I was tempted to defer, but the problem remained… I still had loads of beets from fall’s CSA harvest.  So I made a big batch of Apple Beet soup and then gave these a try.

Beets

Beets! (Everywhere)

When they were done I was impressed.  So impressed I ate the entire first batch while baking bread.  And then I made more.  When daughter #2 arrived home from school, she gave one a try.  “These are good,” she said popping chips, one after the other, into her mouth.  “What are they?”

“Beet chips,” I said, then watched the wave of horror move across her face as she backed away from the counter.

But the next day, I noticed that my container was much emptier.  Either I’m eating in my sleep or …

Beet Chips

Sweet Beet Chips

Sweet Beet Chips

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 small to medium beets

Directions

1.  Slice beets thin–1/8 inch or less (a mandoline works great)

Thinly sliced beets

Thinly sliced beets

2. Heat water and sugar in small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves and liquid comes to a boil.  Add sliced beets and bring back to a boil.  Add additional water if needed to just cover beets (wait until they boil, since this raises the water level).

3.  Boil until beet slices are tender and translucent, about 20 minutes.

Beet chips boiling

Boil the beet chips in sugar water

4. Lay beet slices in pan on parchment paper and bake at 250 for about an hour until the thinnest slices are crisp and the thickest slices are pliable but dry.

Sliced beets on parchment

Sliced beets on parchment

5.  Let cool, then enjoy.  Pat yourself on the back for creating a serving of vegetables that is addictive!  (Then step away from the serving bowl….)

Beet chips cooling on parchment

Let dried chips cool

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33 thoughts on “Sweet Beet Chips–Almost Like Candy (Really!)

  1. Lynn

    Glad to hear I’m not the only one who still has beets left over from fall CSAs! These look good, hopefully my husband will even eat them…

  2. Needful Things

    I made beet chips about a month back but I charred half of them 🙁
    To add insult to injury the kids did not like them at all. Maybe if I make these sweet ones, I’ll have some success.

    1. Inger Wilkerson

      The 250 degree baking temperature of these makes charring unlikely (though the cooking feels really slow). The sweet part is what was really surprising in a chip like this. Normally I would have thought of what you did. I guess I shouldn’t question Martha!

      1. Needful Things

        I think I may have baked mine at a higher temp – I don’t remember. But what happened with mine was that the thinner ones crisp-burned while the thicker ones looked done but, probably because of the high temperature, retained some moisture still (heat caused edges only to cook) and they were soggy in the middle 🙁
        I think I popped them back in the oven and then stubbornly proceeded to eat each one. Even the charred ones 🙁

  3. grace

    i’ve already determined that i don’t like beets, inger! why do you go and do this and make me rethink things? i’ve only ever eaten beets pickled or raw, and i didn’t care for them, but this actually sounds appealing! 🙂

  4. croquecamille

    Interesting. I have a recipe for turnip chips I’ve been meaning to try, and these remind me of those bags of mixed root vegetable chips I like so much. Wonder if you could infuse flavors – I’m thinking rosemary, but chili peppers could be fun – in the syrup before drying. Fun, healthy, snacks are definitely worth some experimentation!

  5. Kathy

    Gosh, Inger, I have never heard of beet chips. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing it. I love baking all sorts of vegetable chips, but never ever thought of beets.

    1. iwilkerson

      These are a little different than regular dried veggie chips (since you cook them in sugar first) but I thought they were delicious! I’m hoping to finish up more beets next week–those beets just hang in there!

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