June 22nd, 2008
Keep reading! You might see the title and not give this snack another glance, but they were surprisingly better than expected. A co-worker and I were talking about how much lettuce and kale I have growing in my garden and what to do with it all. She mentioned that she has baked her kale before and they are almost just like crunching into a chip. I thought, “that sounds like a good idea,” so I gave it a try. I went out to the garden and picked a bunch of my first kale. I had been letting it grow because I was too lazy to look up what to do with it!
I ended up making two batches (actually three — I burned the first batch :-/) because I have SO much kale. This allowed me to try different seasonings. On the first batch I lightly sprinkled garlic powder to create a garlic kale chip. On the second batch I wanted to try something spicy so I lit it up with Cayenne Pepper. They were both so delicious and easy to make. I would make these for guests as a snack and/or conversation starter! Rachel thought it might be fun to serve this at a sushi night. Here’s what I did:
- 5 or 6 medium size kale leaves (use any kind of kale — I had a couple different varieties)
- Powdered seasoning (I used powdered garlic for one batch and cayanne pepper for the other — my co-worker mentioned trying curry powder).
- Olive oil
- Rinse the kale then pat it completely dry
- Pour a little olive oil in your (clean) hands and rub it over each kale leaf to lightly coat it
- Spread out on a cookie sheet, do not overlap
- Sprinkle your seasoning (or leave it plain) lightly over the kale
- Bake on a cookie sheet in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for about 8 to 9 minutes, or just before it starts to turn brown.
Note: You want them green and crispy. I learned the hard way that it begins to turn brown really fast after it completely dries out in the oven. Touch it while it is still green after about 8 minutes, then check it every minute after that. I even went as far as pulling the crispy ones out when they finished and letting the others continue to bake for another minute or so until done. Burned kale chips are not that great. 😉
I hope you like them!