This post is dedicated to my dear friend Meghan. She and Briar stopped by a few days ago. She’s my inspiration for the kale chips. How did she do it? She suggested, “You should try kale chips.” So I did.
G was watching college football so I thought I’d test these “chips” on him as we are eating healthier these days. Most of the time.
Kale. I used to be scared of kale. Not only did I not like the looks of it, but I didn’t know what to do with it. There are different kinds of kale. Some are bitter, some are curly, some are tasty raw & some aren’t. It was overwhelming! Lately though, I’ve been making dishes with kale and it’s really yummy & easy to prepare!
I looked at 4 or 5 recipes for the chips online and they were all the same basic idea:
Coat potato chip-sized pieces of kale in olive oil and bake. Salt to taste.
Mine turned out excellent. (Unlike some things I make which are not posted.) Here’s what I did:
1 bunch kale (curly is recommended but any kind will do)
2 tbsp olive oil
I planned to use the olive oil in spray form so as to go sparingly on the fat but then I said, “What the hay!” and dumped olive oil in. You’ll see. I don’t recommend you do that.
**PREHEAT OVEN OR TOASTER OVEN TO 350**
1. Cut the thick stem out of each leaf.
2. Cut or tear stemless leaves into potato chip-sized pieces.
3. Wash the kale. I am one of those people who is too lazy to wash veg that I plan on cooking because I believe the heat will kill anything on it. But this time I obeyed and I did see some actual earth (dirt) come off. I used a spinner. You can just rinse in a colander and dry with a clean kitchen towel if you don’t have a spinner. But you probably knew that. I add details like that for people who don’t cook or get anxiety about not having all the kitchen tools.
4. Toss in olive oil. I rinsed out & used the spinner bowl to save on dishes! I HATE doing dishes but I love making food. So I try to be strategic. I dumped olive oil in so who knows how much I added? I know how much: TOO MUCH. I would use 2 tbsp next time. Toss to coat leaves.
I tossed the leaves with salad tongs.
5. Spread on a cookie sheet. Some people suggest using parchment paper but since I don’t know what parchment paper is I ignored that advice.
6. Set timer for 12 minutes.
Did I really need a picture of the timer? Heck yeah!
7. See what everyone else is doing.
8. Remove to a plate with paper towels, salt to taste & enjoy right away!
Let’s see how the meatatarian liked them:
He’s a phony. I don’t trust him a bit. Let’s go to someone who can’t tell a lie!
She likes them!! She really likes them!
These are really good but I could’ve eaten a lot more. I would make 2 bunches but they must be eaten right away!
1. seasoned salt instead of sea salt
2. soy sauce mixed with the oil instead of salt
3. a dash of balsamic vinegar before you pop in oven
ENJOY!!! If you have any variations on this please let me know! This recipe proves my belief that almost any veg tastes great coated in olive oil & baked. Stay tuned for Toaster Oven Brussel Sprouts…