If Tina Fey is the female and comedy icon we all aspire to be, then Liz Lemon is the food icon we all recognize in ourselves. 30 Rock's episodes are dense with both jokes and food references, and the fictional food is used perfectly in the show. Liz Lemon falls at about Lorelai Gilmore levels of healthy when it comes to her diet, but that doesn't mean healthy food can't be extracted from moments in the show.
When Liz accompanies Jack to rich, house-arrested businessman Gavin Volure's fancy house, she puts on a dress in place of her usual jeans and flannel, but that doesn't give her appetite a makeover. She reaches for a bowl of dried something at the table instead of engaging Jack in conversation, but it turns out to be potpourri or "these are not chips." Here, I offer the alternative outcome.
This made SO MANY slices. Maybe go with fewer veggies than I did or don't use the whole thing when you're slicing.
Not-Potpourri Veggie Chips
inspired by 30 Rock season 3, episode 4
you can use an assortment of whatever root veggies you like, I used one of each of
- sweet potato
- golden beet
- red beet
- russet potato
Wash and peel your veggies, then thinly slice them—mandolins make it much easier! Place the slices in a bowl and toss them with olive oil, salt, pepper and any other desired seasonings to coat evenly. Arrange slices in a single layer on a lightly greased baking sheet or a baking sheet covered in parchment paper.
Preheat oven to 400ºF. Bake for 30 minutes. They should end up crispy but not burned.
These can be tricky in a gas oven. The heat is not as evenly distributed inside, so cooking time might vary, or the slices themselves may not cook uniformly.
Although I had sliced all the veggies evenly with the mandolin on the same setting, different veggies baked to crispy at different rates. This might not happen in an electric oven, but if you can, you might want to place veggies with their own slices on a few baking sheets and bake them so if one type cooks faster, you can remove the sheet without affecting other veggies.
recipe from superhealthykids.com.
[cooked while watching Gilmore Girls]