It’s a scientific fact that people will always choose wavy potato chips over regular. Well, maybe science isn’t exactly involved… But it should be. I’m pretty sure I could conduct a series of experiments that would prove my hypothesis true. Not only do wavy chips look way more fun, but when you make nachos out of them, the cheese and toppings get all melty and trapped in the crevices of the ridges and mmmmm yes, please. Perhaps you’re thinking, “well, most people don’t make nachos out of potato chips…” But then I’ll challenge you, “why not?!?!” And also, why is there no wavy tortilla chip on the market? This isn’t rocket science, people! Or is it? Maybe that could be the idea that takes me to Shark Tank (seriously, all I want is a chance to work with Barbara Corcoran).
However, if you do want to make nachos with wavy chips, they pretty much only come in a bag, right? Nope. All you need is a wavy knife! This would probably be an awesome time to announce my new partnership with Crisp! Crisp makes the incredibly fun, colorful kitchen tools you see in the below photo. When I opened this box, it was like Christmas morning. For an adult. Then again, the colors are so fun, they’re likely to even make kids want to get in on the kitchen fun.
This month, I was set to use the straight peeler and wavy knife (!!), which meant I was in the perfect position to make my own wavy chips. Of course, I decided to go with sweet potato chips. Believe it or not, I’m not a huge plain potato chip fan… I’d MUCH rather have tortilla chips with salsa or a flavored potato chip like BBQ. I also enjoy an occasional large bag of Smart Food and/or Pirate Booty. But sweet potato chips are another story. I’m always in the mood (same goes with fries!).
Combine my love of sweet potato chips with the fact that I have been craving nachos like crazy lately and these Wavy Sweet Potato Nachos were born. With whipped goat cheese. Because sweet potatoes and goat cheese are pretty much a match made in heaven. I added cheddar cheese too because… meltyness.
Sweet Potato Nachos with Whipped Goat Cheese (serves 2):
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- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 1 1/2 T olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 2 jalapeño peppers, sliced
- 1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese
- 4 oz. goat cheese
- 3 T whole milk
- 4 scallions, chopped
(pre-heat oven to 425 degrees)
I’ve never used a wavy knife before, so I was pretty excited to see what this bad boy could do.
I’m also a fan of Crisp’s simple and straight-forward packaging.
First I used the Crisp Straight Peeler to peel the potatoes. Crisp has a few different types of peelers, but the Straight Peeler is likely the one I’ll use the most as it’s perfect for potatoes and other harder fruits and vegetables.
Then I popped the potatoes in the microwave for about 60 seconds to soften them just a tiny bit to make cutting them easier. And I went to town with my wavy knife! Yay! My wavy chip dream is starting to come to life.
Try your best to cut the slices thinly and uniformly, so they cook evenly.
I put them in a bowl with 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil and some salt and pepper and tossed together.
Then, I spread on a parchment lined baking sheet and baked at 425 degrees for about 25 minutes, flipping the potato slices halfway through.
My potatoes weren’t cut totally evenly, so some got a little more crispy… But I kind of love an overly crispy chip!
Once you take the potatoes out, lower the heat of the oven to 350 degrees.
When I went to chop my jalapeños, I used the wavy knife on those, too. However, their waviness wasn’t quite as apparent.
FYI even if you don’t think you like jalapeños, I urge you to try some on top of your nachos. If you aren’t a spice fan, take out the seeds. Once they’re baked a little bit, they’re so, so delicious.
I considered chopping my chives with the wavy knife, too, but then I decided that wouldn’t be the best idea ever.
Once my chips were ready, I piled them into nacho formation and covered them in cheddar cheese and jalapeños.
Then I popped them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes to get the cheese all melty.
While those were in the oven, I quickly whipped up the goat cheese. Get it? I whipped it up. Literally.
Legit all you do is put the goat cheese, whole milk, and a little bit of salt and pepper in a blender or food processor (or in a mixing bowl with a hand mixer!) and process until light and fluffy.
You didn’t think goat cheese could be any more magical, did you?
Take the nachos out of the oven and sprinkle the whipped goat cheese all around. And the scallions, too.
Sometimes I think nachos need chili or some kind of meat on top. But not this time.
And the ridges on the sweet potatoes… Yes! So much fun. The next time I have a big vegetable platter to prepare, I’ll definitely be cutting the cucumbers and carrots with this knife.
I pretty much picked up a chip, made sure it had a jalapeño on it and then dipped it in the whipped goat cheese if necessary. You gotta have a technique to your nacho eating.
My nacho craving has been relieved. For today at least. But if you’re a chip eater, there’s no reason, you shouldn’t have a batch of these sweet potato chips in your kitchen at all times. And if on occasion, you want to add two kinds of cheese to them, then so be it.
Are you having sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving? Because I mean, you probably have a couple leftovers around, right? And you can only eat so much mashed or soufflé, so you may as well whip up some nachos. I tend to think they’re the perfect after Thanksgiving meal!
Happy Thanksgiving to all my fabulous blog friends! I’m so excited to spend the day with family tomorrow… And obviously enjoy a ton of food, including a glorious Butterball turkey!
Because I’m so thankful to you, I’m giving away the tools featured in this post to one reader: the Crisp Straight Peeler and the Crisp Wavy Knife. To enter, just comment on this post letting me know what you’d cut with the wavy knife.
Comment by Monday, December 1, at 11:59 p.m. for a chance to win! (winner must live in the U.S.).
Full Disclosure: Crisp sponsored this post, but as usual all idea and opinions are 100% my own!