I’m not the only one that has a potato chip fetish, er, problem. In recent years the potato chip market generated over 16 billion in revenues per year. I don’t turn my nose up at any chip but I’m a complete and total sucker for Sour Cream and Onion potato chips. I don’t know that the chip is where it’s at when talking about Sour Cream and Onion chips. After all, I have been known to lick the powdery dusting off of them when in a glassy-eyed potato chip daze. So, in my continual search for eliminating processed and high glycemic foods in my diet, I began thinking about ways to get the same Sour Cream and Onion fix without all the muffin top-inducing effects of a traditional potato chip. I think Wilford Brimley had it right….
After trial and error, I think the Cucumber Sour Cream and Onion Chip is where it’s at. Cucumbers are flavor neutral enough to not get in the way of the tart flavorings and can be easily sliced thin enough to get some crisp on when placed in the dehydrator. Cooled and packed in a Ziploc with a desiccant pack, they’ll stay crisp enough to keep around for a week or so. Feel free to make double or triple the recipe…these things are seriously addictive. We can’t even wait for them to cool down before we’re going at ’em like rabid dogs. Trust me on this.
Cucumber Sour Cream and Onion Chips
- 2 cucumbers
- 2 TBSP Light Tasting Olive Oil
- 2 TBSP Cultured Buttermilk Powder
- 1 TBSP onion powder
- 1 tsp dried dill
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Food processor or mandoline (get yourself a handheld one here)
- Dehydrator with mesh inserts (allows drying of smaller or thin items)
Whisk olive oil, buttermilk powder, onion powder, dill, garlic powder, and salt in a bowl.
Wash and peel your cucumbers as the skin can get a little bitter when dehydrated. Slice your cucumbers at about 2-3 mm thickness.
Working in small batches (about 1/2 cup), very gently toss the cucumber slices in the olive oil mixture.
Place in single layers on dehydrator racks and dehydrate according to manufacturer settings until crisp.
Mine generally take 6 or so hours at 135 degrees.
Cool completely and store in a Ziploc with a desiccant pack in the refrigerator. Next time your snack attack hits…reach for your cucumber chips and you won’t have to feel bad for a minute!