The other day, StumbleUpon directed me to a recipe for kale chips, something I had never heard of before. I decided to conduct some additional recipe research before trying them myself. I read 2 or 3 more blogs about them and the common thread among them was that all of the authors seemed to really dislike kale to begin with. They said that this method of cooking it was the one way that made it taste good, which I happen to disagree with.
I am already a pretty big fan of kale. When Michael and I make it, we usually saute it with some olive oil and then add in about 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar once the kale has been adequately cooked. That method came from Mark Bittman’s cookbook, How to Cook Everything. Anyway, I made the kale chips as follows:
1 bunch kale
~ 1 tbs olive oil
~ 1 tbs kosher salt
fresh ground pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Remove the thick stems from the end/center of the leaves and break the leaves up into 2-3 inch pieces. Rinse the leaves with water.
3. Drizzle some olive oil onto a sheet pan, place the kale onto the sheet pan. Toss the leaves to coat them with olive oil. Sprinkle some kosher salt (I used about 1 tbs, which made them quite salty) and pepper onto the leaves. I also used garlic powder but I’m sure you can experiment with other seasonings as well.
4. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the leaves begin to turn brown.
Voila! These things were delicious, and surprisingly light and crispy. If you’re looking for a new healthy snack or a new vegetable to love, I strongly recommend some homemade kale chips. Enjoy!