but guess what? the dehydrator was not a wasted purchase! what i needed was a good recipe to inspire me to just go for it. and now that i've discovered these zucchini chips, it is constantly in use. (and using it is the easiest thing ever. don't be afraid.)
so, you're probably thinking zucchini chips? why would you want to go and do that? who really eats that? i get it. i know. but 'tis the season to eat zucchini and i'm always looking for easy, healthy snacks.
i didn't know how high i should get my hopes up for how they would taste, but i'll tell you- it's safe. get your hopes up. they are delicious! almost buttery, almost sweet, even. and the dehydrated garlic? mmmm. they are not crunchy in the same way as a potato chip, but if you are prepared for that, they will not disappoint.
garlicky zucchini chips
lightly adapted from the nourishing gourmet
2 large zucchini
2 T. olive oil
1/4 tsp. salt... maybe more?
a few cloves of garlic, minced
thinly slice zucchini into coins and place in a bowl. drizzle zucchini with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and garlic, toss to coat. i did not measure anything, so feel free to use more or less for your taste. keep in mind that zucchini will shrink and seasonings will become stronger after dehydrating. i love lots of garlic, so i didn't hold back. spread zucchini on dehydrator trays and dehydrate until crisp and dry on 135 degrees, about 6 hours for me. check at 4 hours, because times will vary.
store in an airtight container and be sure to double the batch if you like them. they go fast!
**don't have a dehydrator? you can use the lowest temp on your oven! just know that it won't take as long, so after the first hour, be sure to check every 30 minutes.