Friday, June 17, 2011

Kale Chips

Kale chips are all the rage these days.  Who knew something so good for you could actually taste like something sinful?

Kale is a superfood, full of beta-carotene and folic acid, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K.  It's also a low-carb and high protein vegetable.

Tossed in heart-healthy olive oil and generously sprinkled with kosher salt, kale is an excellent replacement for potato chips when you have a craving for something crispy and salty.

Note that the kale will really shrink down during baking, so if you're in the grocery store and you think you could never eat that big bunch of kale, think again. Enjoy!

Kale Chips

Olive oil
Kosher salt

Preheat oven to 300 degrees Farhenheit.

Take off lower stems and tear kale into smaller pieces (maybe 2-3 pieces per kale leaf).  Rinse and dry in a salad spinner or using dishtowels.  The kale needs to be mostly dry to crisp up properly. Put in a bowl large enough to hold the kale and toss with olive oil until the leaves are coated.  I use my hands to toss the kales leaves.  Add a generous sprinkling of kosher salt to the top portion of leaves, toss, and add salt again to the new top portion of leaves.  Toss again and taste a kale piece.  Adjust the seasoning if necessary. The kale should taste potato chip salty.  If you like it less salty, that's fine too.

Lay out on a baking sheet, put in the oven, and cook for about 20 minutes or until the kale is dry and crisp.

Use several baking sheets if you have a lot of kale. 


Aggie said...

aaaah, one of my favorite snacks! I've been wanting to post about these forever but could not get an appetizing photo of them! You did good! My kids gobble them up, I can't hide my smile when they do! :)

hope all is well with you! like the bright new site!

Joy said...

I have been meaning to try this.

Nami @ Just One Cookbook said...

Yes, I've seen Kale Chips before on some blogs. It's a great alternative when you eat potato chips or tortilla chips as snack. Great for kids in fact. I should pay more attention to Kale at the supermarket... I haven't found seen in the market yet. I know where am I looking at.... =P

Melanie said...

I cannot wait to have access to kale again so I can try these!

Wok with Ray said...

You know, I don't see Kale in a regular supermarket. I have to go to a specialty produce store. I also didn't know that you can make chips out of it. Thank you for sharing it Ninette, now I know. :)

Culinary Cory said...

I've never thought about cooking kale this way. I'll have to try it the next time I'm at the farmers market.

LyddieGal said...

I've never heard of kale chips, but these sound tasty, I'd love to try them!

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Mai Mai said...

I've always battled with kale but this looks appetizing! Thanks for sharing :)

Tim in CA. said...

These look so good, I am def going to try them. Thanks for the blog it is a good one.