Day 8: Healthy Cooking Challenge
Smoked Sausage and Sweet Potato Chips
I got an early start on this one. This one was SOOOOOO easy. I didn’t use a recipe for the smoked sausage, I just googled the best types of chips to use for smoking sausages and an approximate time.
The recipe for the sweet potato chips is here—> Crunchy Baked Sweet Potato Chips
I started with mild Italian sausage and hot Italian sausage. My husband likes the hotter Italian sausages, so I decided to mix it up.
If you don’t have a smoker, there is nothing wrong with grilling these. However, I got a new smoker for Christmas and I decided this is a perfect opportunity to use it!!
I used hickory chips as it is a milder smoke for these smaller sausages.
Since these took about an hour and a half (and I may have over-smoked them) I had plenty of time to prep these sweet potatoes.
Ok. I will admit I need to invest in a mandolin. That would’ve given me some thinner chips, but I’ve got some “thick” cut chips.
I used my food processor which has a slicer attachment. It’s great, but they are thicker slices. Great for scalloped potatoes, but not for chips. They were still delicious though. I forgot to take a pic of them in the processor. Ugh.
I know these look really dark and burnt, but they weren’t. I should’ve pulled them out about 30 min earlier, but the great thing about smoking meat is that it is really, really difficult to overcook something. They were still extremely moist and delicious!!
Okay, let’s look at the calories!
The sausages were 240 calories and 20g fat
The sweet potatoes were next to nothing. The whole potato was 162 calories and if you add the tbls of olive oil I tossed them in the whole thing was 13.5 g fat. If you used a mandolin or sliced really thin it made about 50 chips.
So 10 chips are 56 calories and 2.7g fat. That’s pretty great!!