Appetizer & Snacks, Healthy

Kale Chips

July 12, 2011
 
That’s right, Kale Chips!  I bet you weren’t expecting that.  I pretty much showcase all desserts on this blog, so this post could be unexpected :).  However, I do like to share some savory recipes and this one is definitely one I wanted to show you.
 
Kale is a leafy green vegetable that is in the cabbage family.  Some people think that it is too dense and bitter, but I actually really like the taste.  The key is to blanch it before cooking with it to remove the bitter taste and create a softer texture.  I like sautéing it and putting it in soups (I even like putting it on pizza).  Next you time you go to grocery store looking for some greens, I suggest to pick up some Kale – it really does taste good.  And bonus! – it’s good for you! 
 
 
Recently I went to the farmers market and picked up some beautiful kale.  I was intrigued when I saw it because it didn’t have the thick core like most kale has, and the leaves weren’t as curly.  I knew there were different types of kale but I have only seem the most “generic” one and never saw this type.  It looked and felt more like spinach, with smaller leaves and thinner stems.  One of the first things I did with this kale is bake Kale Chips.
 
 
Kale chips is just kale baked in the oven until crispy, like a chip.  They are very simple and quick to make and are a great snack.  All you do is remove the leaves from the stems.  Then toss in a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Place in the oven to bake for about 15 minutes until nice and crispy.  That’s it!  A simple and nutritious snack ready in minutes!

 

Kale Chips
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Large bundle of Kale*
Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper
*Notice I don’t have any quantities for the ingredients.  This recipe is very basic and takes very simple ingredients.  You choose the amount of each ingredient you want to use.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.  Set aside until needed.
Remove the kale leaves from the stems.  Depending on the type of kale you purchase, the stem will either be thin or thick.  If they are thin, then just remove them like any other type of leaf.  If they are thick, be sure to remove the thick core/stem.  Cut the leaves into large pieces.
Place the leaves on the baking sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until crispy.  Transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel to cool.  Enjoy 🙂!

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  • Anonymous July 13, 2011 at 5:09 am

    oooh Kale Chips! -christy

  • EM August 30, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Love them but cooking kale makes the whole apartment stink lol

  • Krissy's Creations August 30, 2011 at 3:38 am

    @EM
    They definitely don’t smell like cookies baking in the oven :)… But they sure are tasty!