Kale Chips

Kale ChipsKale chips are a quintessential healthy snack food. But, these nutritious and ubiquitous morsels will set you back nearly $36 per pound at your premium grocer! Why pay a premium when they are a snap to make at home for a fraction of the cost? Any kale will work, but most people prefer to work with Curly or Lacinato kale, also known as Dinosaur kale. These take only 15-20 minutes, assuming you are starting with clean and, this is the key, thoroughly dried kale.

Here, I experimented with different flavorings; curry powder, nutritional yeast, sea salt and pepper and chili powder. The basic sea salt / black pepper combination and the nutritional yeast chips were my favorites. I have read about cooks trying an endless array of flavorings. If you have made kale chips, what are your favorite seasonings?

Kale Chip IngredientsINGREDIENTS:

  • 1 bunch washed kale
  • A few tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil
  • Sea salt and other flavorings

EQUIPMENT:

  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper

Kale Chips Before BakingDIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Dry kale thoroughly with a salad spinner or spread out between layers of towels.
  3. Remove the center stems with a knife or by stripping the leaves off the rib by hand.
  4. Tear the each piece of kale into halves or thirds.
  5. Toss kale pieces with just enough olive oil to cover both sides with a thin layer, using your fingers, a pastry brush or a mister.
  6. Place kale pieces on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Leave space between pieces.
  7. Sprinkle on salt and any other flavorings to the top layer.
  8. Bake for 5 minutes, then rotate tray.
  9. Bake for 5-7 minutes more, for a total of 10-12 minutes, until just crisp and still green.
  10. Remove from oven and let cool. Store in an airtight container, if there are any left!

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