Port Antonio, Jamaica. The Coconut Chips made at Goblin Hill Villas are a weekly tradition. Every Saturday evening they’re served, along with Rum Punch, at the manager’s reception. “I make a lot of chips every week and there’s never enough. They disappear really fast so you need to come early,” says bartender Calvin Wellington. His Coconut Chips are so delicious we asked him if he could show us how he makes them, and he generosity obliged.
We found it’s best to salt the soaking water to your taste. We prefer a hint of salt that balances the coconut flavour, but you can make them as salty as you’d like. You can even omit the salt all together if you’re on a low-sodium diet. Sweet coconut chips also make a delicious snack.
1 dry Coconut
Salt, to taste
1. Carefully remove the flesh from a dry coconut and slice it very thin.
2. Place coconut in a large pan and cover with with salted water and soak for 2 hours
3. Drain water and bake coconut in 150-degree F oven for 1.5 hours or until crispy and golden
4. Cool and serve
In the video below Calvin shows us how easy it is to make his Coconut Chips. The video runs about 4 minutes and was shot on location at Goblin Hill Villas on the northeast coast of Jamaica. Make sure to watch to the end to see Angela taste test his chips!