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Crispy Delights: Making Delicious Burdock Crisps

Burdock crisps.. Now there’s a thought. If you love the flavours of burdock then you are going to love this delectable burdock crisps recipe. Burdock, a versatile and nutritious plant, takes centre stage in this tantalising snack that will captivate your taste buds and leave you craving for more. With its earthy and slightly sweet flavour, combined with a satisfying crunch, burdock crisps offer a delightful alternative to conventional potato crisps. Follow along as we guide you through the simple steps to transform humble burdock roots into a crispy and addictive treat. Whether enjoyed on their own or paired with your favourite dips, these homemade burdock crisps are sure to become a beloved addition to your snacking repertoire.

Burdock Crisps Recipe
Burdock Crisps

Burdock Crisps Recipe


2-3 burdock roots (approximately 200-300g)

2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste


Preheat the oven to 200°C.

Wash and peel the burdock roots, then slice them into thin strips or use a mandolin for even slices.

In a large bowl, toss the burdock strips with olive oil, salt, pepper, and any desired spices until well-coated.

Spread the burdock strips in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with non-stick baking paper.

Roast in the oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the chips are crispy and golden brown.

Allow them to cool slightly before serving. Enjoy your homemade burdock crisps as a tasty and healthy snack!

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Different flavours of Burdock Crisps

When making homemade burdock crisps, the possibilities for different flavours and flavourings are endless. Here are some delicious ideas to elevate your burdock crisps and create unique and mouthwatering combinations:

Sea Salt and Rosemary: Keep it simple yet sophisticated by sprinkling your burdock crisps with a touch of sea salt and fragrant dried rosemary. The herb's earthy aroma pairs beautifully with the natural taste of burdock.

Barbecue Spice: Create a smokey and tangy twist by coating your burdock crisps with a homemade barbecue spice blend. Combine smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, brown sugar, and a dash of cumin for a finger-licking treat.

Sour Cream and Onion: Add a creamy and zesty kick by seasoning your burdock crisps with a mixture of sour cream powder and onion powder. This classic combination is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Cheese and Herb: Enhance the flavour with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese and a medley of dried Italian herbs, such as basil, oregano, and thyme (or even wild herb combinations). The cheesy, herbaceous goodness will leave you wanting more.

Spicy Sriracha: For those who crave heat, drizzle a dash of sriracha sauce over your burdock crisps before baking. The fiery kick of this iconic hot sauce will add a bold and exciting dimension to your snack.

Miso Glaze: Create an umami-rich experience by brushing your burdock crisps with a mixture of miso paste, soy sauce, and a touch of honey. The sweet and savoury combination will be an instant hit. Careful cooking these, as the honey does mean that they have a higher potential to burn more easily. Worth the risk though.

Lemon Pepper: Brighten up your burdock crisps with a sprinkling of zesty lemon zest and coarsely ground black pepper. The citrusy tang and spiciness will awaken your taste buds.

Curry Powder: Infuse your crisps with aromatic curry powder for an exotic and delicious twist. The warm and fragrant notes of curry will transport you to distant culinary lands.

Truffle Oil and Parmesan: Elevate your burdock crisps to gourmet status by drizzling them with truffle oil and dusting them with grated Parmesan cheese. The luxurious and earthy flavours will make every bite a delight.

Maple Cinnamon: For a person with a sweeter tooth, you can create a sweet and comforting treat by tossing your burdock crisps in a mixture of maple syrup and ground cinnamon. The warm and cozy flavours will remind you of cozy autumn days.

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Summing Up

These homemade burdock crisps have proven to be an irresistible and versatile snack that brings out the best of the burdock's natural flavours. With a variety of delicious seasoning options, from savoury to sweet and everything in between, these crisps have the power to cater to diverse taste preferences and elevate snack time to a whole new level. Whether enjoyed as a standalone delight or paired with your favourite dips, burdock crisps offer a satisfying crunch and an array of enticing flavours that will leave you coming back for more. By incorporating this humble yet extraordinary plant into your culinary adventures, you'll not only delight your palate but also tap into the wonderful world of natural and nutritious snacking. So, gather your burdock roots, get creative with your seasonings, and embark on a delicious crunchy journey with these delightful burdock crisps. Your taste buds will thank you, and you'll never look at crisps the same way again.

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