This recipe for homemade Carrot Curl Chips was inspired by my good friend Shanna, and her blog, Curls and Carrots. Shanna is one of the sweetest, kindest people you’ll ever know, and if you’ve ever stopped by her blog, you’ll find a ton of great recipes for healthy food along with personal anecdotes about her culinary adventures. As she navigates the kitchen with her adorable little team of “sous chefs” (two cute kids with curly hair and a love for carrots), the end result always involves delicious food with lots of giggles and chocolate covered smiles. Not only is Shanna an amazing chef, I really admire the kind of person that she is: thoughtful, creative, generous and always there to support others no matter what. In a nutshell, she represents the kind of true friend that one is so lucky to have.
So to celebrate great friends like Shanna, I wanted to invent something curly and carroty. And it turns out, carrots really can be transformed into spirally chips of deliciousness! With one simple trick, a dash of seasoning, and a little time in the oven, you can transform a carrot into a very tasty collection of beautiful vibrant orange, wavy ribbons. Lightly spiced with a delicate, crispy texture, these Carrot Curl Chips can be enjoyed on their own, as a crunchy topping over a salad, to a colorful garnish over your favorite dish. It’s an original and unique homemade food gift that is perfect to honor your most special friends with!
Carrot Curl Chips
Yield: 2 cups (approximate volume)
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
2 large carrots, sliced into long ribbons with a vegetable peeler
2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. curry powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1) Preheat the oven to 200 F / 93 C.
2) Gently toss all of the ingredients together, ensuring the surface area of each carrot ribbon is evenly coated.
3) Lightly grease a clean metal cooling rack, and place each carrot ribbon in a flat, single layer. Allow the ribbons to dip slightly in between each bar to create a wavy effect.
4) Bake for 1 1/2 hours until crispy and gently remove from rack.
Like any chip, these Carrot Curls are quite delicate, so be sure to package them up in something that will keep them from getting crushed. For a unique idea, try gifting them in a small Asian tea cup. Not only will this help protect them, it will also display the colorful, elegant waves of the carrots.