Kale Chips – Crunchy, Tasty, Healthy, and EASY

28 May

My friend Carolyn has been telling me about how good kale chips are. I kind of found it hard to believe. Kale? Really?

Kale, if you don’t know, is one of those virtuous leafy greens that often confuse you in the supermarket: Is it chard? Is it kale? Is it collards? What do I do with it? And is it going to smell up my kitchen if I try it?

Really, kale is simplicity itself to use. It’s the bumpy looking one with curly edges and a stem that is not very thick (chard’s stems are more noticeable and quite often red or yellow – as in rainbow chard). Rinse well, cut out the stem and cook it much the way you would spinach, just cook it a bit longer, as it is denser and tougher. I don’t use it raw. It is a cool weather crop, meaning that if you have a patch of dirt, you can grow it even in winter, which is a big plus if you are big into seasonal eating.

Now Carolyn loves good food, so I knew she couldn’t be making it up, however odd kale chips sounded to me. And the more I thought about it, the more I considered the Asian seaweed strips I like so much. Wouldn’t it be similar?

So I got myself a bunch of kale – about 8 oz, give or take — from Sang Lee out in the North Fork and gave it a try.

Had to wrestle this from the table in order to get a shot of the shrapnel!

The results were a revelation! The kale chips were crunchy and had a slight, but pleasant bitterness, tempered by the salt. My parents and John the Painter who happened to be doing some painting with my dad downstairs gave it a try – Leandro was not having it – and we made short work of the whole tray. In fact, my pictures are pretty thin on the actual kale because in my eagerness to try them, I forgot to take any photos until we had almost cleaned them out!

I will be planting kale in the late summer and I will be making this all winter long for my late-night movie snack! Thank you Carolyn!

What was left when I remembered to take a picture!

Kale Chips

1 bunch kale (about 8 oz. – can be increased)

1 Tbs oil (I prefer extra virgin olive oil, but you can play around with flavors)

2 pinches salt

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay kale pieces on parchment paper, leaving space between all of them – no touching! Drizzle with oil, and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until leaves are crisp. Serve.

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18 Responses to “Kale Chips – Crunchy, Tasty, Healthy, and EASY”

  1. andriaparker May 30, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    I can’t get enough of kale chips – I just wish I could figure out how to keep them for a day or so without them going soggy…. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy May 30, 2012 at 11:41 am #

      Thanks for the visit…so far we’ve never had enough to eat straight out of the oven…I think a double batch would just end up with us eating it all at once!

  2. Chica Andaluza May 30, 2012 at 5:49 am #

    Veautiful – I love chinese crispy “seaweed” so would adore this too!

  3. Bluejellybeans May 29, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    Hola Natalia!
    Suena muy bien esta receta. Voy a ver si encuentro col rizada en el supermercado :)

  4. John Magisano May 29, 2012 at 6:27 am #

    Love me some kale chips! I usually toss them in the olive oil, and when I’m feeling creative will use different spices like garlic powder or cajun spices. A little paprika also is good.

  5. Tammy May 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    Love these! Sounds goofy but I hadn’t really thought about doing them in the oven. I used the dehydrator.

    • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy May 28, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

      Oooh, high tech! Do you use the dehydrator for other things? Sounds really cool. Thanks for the visit!

      • Tammy May 28, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

        Yes, especially leeks and okra and making crackers.

      • Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy May 29, 2012 at 5:14 am #

        So cool! If there were any space left in my tiny home…

  6. thebeadden May 28, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    I make them all the time. Sometimes I will drizzle a touch of vinegar and sea salt on them. So tasty!

  7. texanaskitchen May 28, 2012 at 7:15 am #

    I have been wanting to try these–now maybe I will give a try..

  8. Mad Dog May 28, 2012 at 5:17 am #

    I think that sounds like a good one to try. I’m glad you just managed to get a snap ;-)

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