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Pumpkin chips are a delicious and original dish. They can be cooked both salty and sweet. The process uses the same cooking method. However, at the exit, the dishes have a varied taste - spicy, spicy, salty, sweet.
How to make pumpkin chips
Almost all varieties of vegetables are suitable for snacks.
Important! The determining factor when choosing a pumpkin is its appearance. It should not have dents, rot, spoiled areas on the skin. A ponytail at the base is required.
It is not recommended to purchase a cut vegetable. Since the shelf life is long, it is advisable to buy the whole pumpkin and cut it at home. For chips and other pumpkin dishes, the following varieties are used:
- Butternut squash.
It is characterized by a pear-shaped or "guitar-like" shape. Has a thin pale orange skin. This is the sweetest vegetable variety. The pulp is juicy, "sugar", but not watery, saturated orange color. Muscat aroma, seeds are located at the widest part. Their number is small, so they are not particularly used. The vegetable is ideal for preparing sweet meals. Does not contain cholesterol. A great option for cooking pumpkin chips in the oven for losing weight. It is not stored for long compared to other varieties.
- Large-fruited pumpkin.
This is the largest species. Fruits are bright orange, rounded, with whitish "slices". The rind is of medium thickness. The pulp is orange, dryish. There is an unobtrusive melon aroma. The seeds are located in the very center. Delicious seeds are obtained from them. Used for cooking in most recipes as a versatile form. This variety can be used to prepare pumpkin chips in an electric dryer.
- Hardcore grade.
Their oblong shape is reminiscent of a squash. The skin is very tough and difficult to cut. The pulp is pale orange, without a specific aroma. This is a sort of "fresh" pumpkin. The seeds occupy most of the vegetable - juicy, fleshy. Used to fight pumpkin seed oil, in cooking. Thick-skinned pumpkins are grown for seeds. Variety of seeds "gymnosperms", in the fruit itself are formed without husks.
If you prepare pumpkin chips in a dehydrator, they can be used for various types of side dishes, cooking lean dishes. Therefore, before making the preparations, you need to determine what flavor of the snack you want to get in the end. This is the main secret in preparing the initial product.
How to make pumpkin chips in the oven
It is necessary to peel the pumpkin, remove the pulp and seeds. Rinse under running water, wipe dry with a paper towel. Cutting is carried out in slices (thin slices of 2-3 mm) of arbitrary shape. The thinner, the crisper and more airy the chips will be.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drizzle with olive or sesame oil if desired.
Advice! You should not use sunflower oil in the process of making pumpkin chips. It has a pronounced smell and taste, which will be reflected in the final product. The exception is when such an effect is the target.
Spread the slices of the prepared vegetable on a baking sheet and send to the oven preheated to 90-100 degrees for drying. It is advisable to spread it in one layer. Ideally, if there is a distance between the pieces of 2-3 mm.
The drying process will take about 2 hours. The oven temperature should be kept at 100 degrees. Leave the door ajar during the entire process to avoid burning the food. As you cook the pumpkin, do not forget to turn it over.
Pumpkin chips in the microwave
Prepare the vegetable as you would with the oven. Additional ingredients will need olive or sesame oil.
Put the pumpkin slices on a microwave dish and dry. You should start with high power and a time of 5 minutes. Turn over only when the snacks are visually dry on one side. If the power is too high, lower it. Decrease the time gradually. As soon as you are satisfied with the result, remove it from the microwave.
A life hack for those who have metal grill stands in the microwave oven set. Both tiers can be used. Place the slices on the glass bottom. Put a stand on top and also lay out the pumpkin.
Important! Both stands must be oiled, otherwise the snacks will "stick" to their surface.
The advantage of this cooking method is speed. The difficulty lies in the fact that a smaller amount of product is placed on the dish, which means that the process of preparing snacks is delayed. It is also necessary to prepare a trial batch in order to determine the exact time the pumpkin is located and the temperature regime for each type of microwave.
How to Dry Pumpkin Chips in a Dryer
This method keeps snacks fresh for the longest time. Suitable for blanks for the winter. After using the electric dryer, the chips can be added to both sweet and savory foods. They are used as an independent delicacy.
The preparation process is universal for all cooking methods. Clean, wash, dry. But before being placed in the dryer, the chopped pumpkin should be put under oppression for a day in the refrigerator or on the balcony (in the autumn-winter period).
If you are making sweet pumpkin chips at home, you can use the following recipe. Dilute the juice of one lemon with 2 tbsp. l. honey, add a glass of cold drinking (not boiled) water. In a closed container, soak the slices for 12 hours using this solution at room temperature. Then mix the contents and place in the refrigerator for another 6 hours. Remove, dry on parchment for 2-3 hours.
Then place on the trays of an electric dryer, distribute in a thin layer with a distance of 2-3 mm between the slices. The optimum temperature will be 50 degrees.
Important! Swap the pallets during the drying process. Cooking times will vary depending on the dryer. On average, the cooking process takes about 6 hours.
Be sure to make sure that the chips dry and not burn. This is especially true for the sweet version.
Delicious pumpkin chips in a frying pan
Pre-prepare the pumpkin as in the previous cases. To make snacks in a pan, use breading. To do this, mix flour and salt in the required proportion.
Dip the pumpkin sliced into slices on both sides in the selected breading, put in a preheated pan with oil (olive, pumpkin, sesame).
Vegetable oil and pumpkin seed oil enhance the flavor of the chips. The hard-ear and large-fruited varieties will make delicious salty snacks with spices.
Important! Finished chips should be laid out on paper towels to remove excess fat.
Salted Pumpkin Chips Recipe
Better to use a variety of large-fruited or hard-barked pumpkin. You can cook in a pan, and in the oven, microwave. For salted chips you will need:
- spices, herbs, seasonings;
- vegetable, sesame, olive or pumpkin oil (depending on the method of preparation).
The calorie content of such a dish is calculated as 46 kcal per 100 g of the finished product.
Cooking time is 1.5-2 hours.
Mix salt and selected oil in a bowl. Add spices, fresh or dried herbs if desired. The use of garlic is acceptable.
When the vegetable is browned, this will be the final in cooking. You can immediately coat the pumpkin with marinade. To do this, keep for another 10-15 minutes until the oil with spices is absorbed and remove to cool completely.
Can be used as a standalone product or supplemented with sauces, ketchups - whatever you like. They are used as a decoration or addition to main dishes - soups, side dishes, salads.
Sweet Pumpkin Chips
A variety of nutmeg or large-fruited pumpkin is ideal. The product will be most delicious in the oven, but cooking in a microwave and electric dryer is acceptable.
This will require the following components:
- olive or sesame oil;
- icing sugar, stevia, honey, lemon, cinnamon.
Bring the snacks to half-readiness in any convenient way. There are several design options:
- While the pumpkin chips are hot, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
- For athletes and those on a diet, use stevia as a powder in tandem with cinnamon.
- Honey is the perfect solution for children. To cook pumpkin chips in the oven, the recipe is as follows. Dilute 1 tbsp. honey with 2 tbsp. lemon juice, add 1 teaspoon of drinking water and pour over the chips with this solution. For even distribution and economy, it is convenient to use a culinary brush.
In the future, any combination of powders and spices can be used.
Homemade pumpkin chips with paprika and nutmeg
This is an excellent option for a salty snack with beer, first courses. For cooking, you need to prepare slices from large-fruited or thick-bore pumpkin. For the marinade, use:
- olive, sesame, pumpkin, vegetable oil;
- ground paprika;
- ground nutmeg;
- soy sauce;
Dissolve the indicated ingredients in a bowl. For 100 g of raw pumpkin - 1 tsp oil, ¼ tsp paprika and nutmeg. Salt to taste. Dip vegetable slices on both sides and send to bake in any convenient way. If you fry in a pan, you need to use flour as a breading.
If desired, at the end of cooking, sprinkle with soy sauce in a ratio of 1 tsp to 50 ml of water.
How to make pumpkin chips with cinnamon and lemon juice at home
For cooking sweet chips in the microwave, use large-fruited or nutmeg pumpkin.
For 100 g of prepared pumpkin you will need:
- 1 tbsp. granulated sugar or powdered;
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon;
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice;
- 1 tbsp. sesame or olive oil;
- zest of 1 lemon.
Mix all ingredients in a shallow bowl. Brown the pumpkin until half cooked in the microwave. Apply the composition with a culinary brush on one side and dry until fully cooked.
Let's admit this option as well. Mix sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, butter and 2 tbsp. water. Cover the half-cooked pumpkin with marinade. Bring to readiness, sprinkle with cinnamon.
Sweet Pumpkin Chips with Cinnamon and Vanilla Recipe
Cut into slices of any shape. Bring to an almost finished state in any convenient way. Further, the recipe requires:
- icing sugar, stevia or honey;
- lemon juice;
- olive or sesame oil.
Mix sugar, lemon juice, vanilla, butter in a bowl. Add a little water (based on 100 g of pumpkin, 3 tablespoons of liquid). Dip the pumpkin. Bake in any convenient way. Sprinkle with cinnamon before serving. It will be a great option for cooking pumpkin chips in the oven for losing weight. In this case, stevia (sweetener) forms the basis of the dish.
The original recipe for pumpkin chips with sesame seeds
Any sort of pumpkin is suitable for cooking. Cut the pre-peeled and washed vegetable into plates of 2-3 mm. It is better to cook in the oven. For breading you will need:
- olive, sesame oil;
- ground allspice;
- sesame seeds.
Mix all ingredients except sesame seeds in a bowl. Dip the slices well on all sides. Cover the baking sheet with parchment. Oil lightly. Spread the chips on a sheet at intervals of 3-4 mm. Bake until tender. Until they cool down - sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve with sour cream sauce or as a snack with hot dishes.
Amazing Pumpkin Chips with Mushroom Flavors
It is better to prepare slices for this variant of snacks in an electric dryer. If not, then an oven will do. Prepare a marinade using the following products:
- olive or sesame oil;
- dried ground mushrooms (ideally a porcini mushroom).
Put blanks of pumpkin chips in a dehydrator in one layer in a heat-resistant dish on parchment. Apply the composition to the chips with a brush. Leave on for 10-15 minutes. In the meantime, prepare the oven. Warm up to 90 degrees, put a bowl of water down the oven. Place dishes with chips slightly above the middle. Cook for 15-20 minutes.
Ready-made snacks are perfect as an independent dish and as loaves for first courses.
You can boil your favorite mushroom broth or cream soup and add crispy snacks to it. For instance:
- chicken bouillon;
- 300 g champignons;
- 3 pcs. potatoes;
- 10 g butter;
- processed cheese;
- 1 chicken egg;
- salt pepper.
Add potatoes to boiling broth. Chop the mushrooms finely. Cook over low heat until half cooked (about 20 minutes), add butter, grated processed cheese, salt, pepper, beat in an egg. Stir everything vigorously until the cheese is completely dissolved. Turn off, cool. Beat with a blender until creamy. Garnish with mushroom-flavored pumpkin chips.
Salted pumpkin chips with cumin and turmeric
It is better to use large-fruited or hard pumpkin. Cut the peeled and washed vegetable into thin slices. For breading you will need:
- salt pepper;
- ground paprika;
- olive or sesame oil.
Lay parchment on a sheet, dry the slices in the oven. Mix the ingredients and grease the future chips with the composition. Bake until cooked. Serve as a salty snack along with the sauce.
Unusual recipe for pumpkin chips with lemon and cognac
An excellent option for decorating sweet dishes. Any pumpkin variety will do. Cooking is convenient in the microwave or oven. You will need:
- zest of 1 lemon;
- lemon juice;
- cognac or rum;
- olive or sesame oil;
Spread the chips on an oiled sheet with parchment paper or a microwave dish. Mix the ingredients in proportions commensurate with the number of snacks. For 100 g of prepared chips, you will need 1 tbsp. brandy, diluted in 1 tbsp. lemon juice and 1 teaspoon honey in 50 ml of cold water. Coat the chips with a solution and place in the oven or microwave until tender. Take out and sprinkle with lemon zest. Garnish with powdered sugar or cinnamon.
How to store pumpkin chips
It is better to eat ready-made chips immediately or pour them into any sealed glassware, or a special paper bag. The finished product is stored depending on the temperature conditions, in the apartment - 30 days. In pantries, the shelf life increases.
Pumpkin chips are a delicious and healthy dish. And for those who care about their figure, you can always calculate the BJU, depending on the recipe and type of design.