Kale Chips

OK, I admit it, I've fallen to peer pressure.  You'd think that by my age I would be beyond that, but I couldn't resist all the hubbub going around about Kale Chips.  After all, they seem to be all the rage. Recipes for Kale Chips are everywhere and people are screaming (as much as screaming can be done online) about how great they are. So good. So healthy. Really great to snack on... 

I felt I was missing out on something!

Our kale is growing like crazy. I have a lot of it and need something to do with it. So, I figured why not? How could I go wrong?

Well....the consensus here is that they aren't life changing.  Not bad. Not great. But kale chips are certainly good enough to make every now and then.

On the positive side, they were easy to make and definitely seem healthier than potato chips. On the negative side, it was difficult to get them to bake evenly (some got too crispy (aka burnt!) too quickly) and it took a lot of space to spread them out in the oven.

Anyway, if you have a lot of kale and want to expand your horizons, I think they are definitely worth a try. I'll probably make them again and try to jazz them up a bit (perhaps use soy sauce instead of salt? wouldn't that be crazy? haha)

Here's how I made my Kale Chips:

  1. Wash the kale and pull the leaves from the stems (you don't want to use the stems!).  It's pretty easy to hold a stalk of kale in one hand and pull your fingers down along the stem from the top to the bottom to separate the leaves from the stem.
  2. Tear the leaves into small pieces.
  3. Dry the leaves; throw into a bowl and sprinkle with olive oil (go easy on the olive oil -- it's easy to use too much).  Toss the leaves with the oil to coat.
  4. Spread the oiled leaves onto a cooking pan.  Be sure to spread them out - if they overlap they won't bake evenly.
  5. Sprinke with salt, or if you are feeling crazy you could add some garlic or herbs (optional!)
  6. Bake for about 12-15 minutes in a 350 degree oven
  7. Eat.

That's it! Very easy.

Have you ever made Kale Chips? What did you think of them?

Jun 03 2013
Posted in: Recipes

Join the Conversation!

Post a Comment

Your Name
Website (optional)
Check here to receive an email notification when someone replies directly to your comment
Help me fight spammers! Please enter the answer to 1 + 1 below