Root Vegetable Chips with Caramelized Onion Dip

Root Vegetable Chips with Caramelized Onion Dip

When you think about chips and dip, you don't exactly think healthy. But this might be the healthiest recipe I've ever posted. Seriously. Other than a tablespoon of oil and a pinch of salt, the only ingredients are vegetables. And somehow this two-ingredient healthy dip  tastes completely indulgent. Put this caramelized onion spread on toast, veggie burgers, cheese, fruit... (might I recommend gruyere, fig spread, caramelized onion jam grilled cheese?) It tastes good on everything. Trust me.

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Root Vegetable Chips with Caramelized Onion Dip


1 large onion 

1 tablespoon coconut oil

3 beets (use red, golden, and chioggia for beautiful colors)

1 sweet potato

1 parsnip

salt & pepper

Melt oil over medium heat in a skillet. Chop onions into slivers and add to pan. Cook the onions for about 30 minutes to caramelize stirring often. If the pan ever gets too dry, add a pinch of water. But don't add too much because you are looking to brown the onions for a sweet and rich flavor. Put caramelized onions into a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth. It should be similar to the consistency of apple butter. Add salt to taste.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using a mandoline (or a vegetable peeler or knife if you don't have one) slice the root vegetables into thin circles. Lay them on a kitchen cloth (or paper towels if you're worried about stains - THE BEETS WILL STAIN) and sprinkle the chips with salt. Let them stand for about ten minutes as the salt pulls some of the moisture out of the veggies. Dab the veggie chips with a towel to remove the excess moisture. In batches, place the chips onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. If you want to, you can brush the parchment paper with oil, but it is not necessary if you want to keep these chips super healthy. Bake the chips until they are crispy- about 20 minutes. Keep a close eye on the them as the thickness of the slices will affect the cooking time and you do not want them to burn. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and let cool. Serve with caramelized onion dip and enjoy!

*These chips are also amazing with some shredded parmesan and sauteed garlic on top!  And feel free to mix and match with your favorite root vegetables. Russet potatoes and turnips also work great.