Kale Chips!

Kale what?! Yep…crispy little kale chips! After hearing about this for months on various food sites and blogs I decided to give it a go this afternoon and all I can say is that it’s a crispy little party in your mouth! In other words–scrumptious!

Who doesn’t love potato chips?! For years, Lay’s has based their entire marketing strategy on the catchy slogan “betcha can’t eat just one” and they’re right! But sadly, potato chips aren’t good for you….Remember those Lay’s WOW chips in the late 90s that were completely fat-free but contained the fat substitute olestra?? Yeah..there were other problems with those.. Google it. It’s gross. Why not stick with something natural that has the greasy crispy quality of a potato chip but is actually good for you?! Enter kale chips, a great snack alternative! I feel like I’m in an infomercial. Ta-daaaaaa! But seriously, they’re that good.

I get out of work every day at 2:20 (aaahhh, the life of a teacher, don’t hate) and I’m always hungry when I get home. I eat lunch at 10:30 AM (!!!!) so once I’m home it’s been four hours since I’ve eaten and it takes every ounce of willpower to not gorge like a food deprived lion. Raaaaaaar! I’m always looking for sensible snacks that will curb my insatiable hunger before it’s time for dinner. Usually I’ll have something boring like cottage cheese with pineapple or baby carrots and hummus, but today I’m venturing into the unknown…..and you’re coming along for the ride!

Here’s what you need:

1 bunch of kale (I’m using the curly kale)

about 1 tablespoon of olive oil (extra virgin, of course)

1 teaspoon of coarse kosher salt

parmesan cheese (if you have it, not necessary, cheese just makes everything better)

Here’s what you do:

Pre-heat your oven to about 375 degrees.

The first step is to wash and dry the kale. This process is made extremely easier if you own a salad spinner. If you don’t, you should. It comes in handy. Tear the leaves off the stems into potato chip size pieces–think bite size. Wash in the salad spinner and spin, spin, spin, spin! These leaves need to be as dry as a whistle! I even patted mine dry with a paper towel after I spun them to remove any excess moisture.

Place the kale pieces on a parchment lined cookie sheet, being careful not to overlap the pieces. If you don’t have parchment paper, then cover your cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray it with a non stick cooking spray. Drizzle with some EVOO (Lightly or you’ll be eating a mouthful of grease) and season with salt/pepper. Place in the oven for 9-12 minutes or until the leaves are crispy! Don’t burn them, please! You don’t want the leaves to turn brown, they should still be green when you pull them out of the oven. It’s ok if some of the edges of the leaves are a little burnt, but keep an eye on them! If you don’t bake them long enough they’ll be limp and if you bake them too long they’ll burn. Once you’ve done them a few times you’ll know exactly when to take them out of the oven. It’s easy!

You can sprinkle them with some parmesan cheese if you’d like! Yummo! There are a ton of variations for kale chips–anyone have any suggestions? I’d love to hear about them….

Oh, and about the pictures for this recipe….yeah, I sorta didn’t take any. 😦 oops. I’m new to this whole taking pictures when you cook thing but I promise I’ll get the hang of it soon!! I’ll probably make some more of these suckers tomorrow so I’ll try and post some pics for you then.

Buon Appetito!


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6 Comments on “Kale Chips!”

  1. gincoolette
    March 30, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    ma cosa sono le kale? non capisco.

    • FoodieMel
      March 30, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

      Kale is a leafy green veggie! Google it!

  2. cris quevedo
    March 21, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    i love the idea of adding parmesan. i use olive oil spray to coat the cookie sheet and the kale… makes it easier to distribute it evenly and lightly. and i use sea salt and cracked pepper for a perfect kick. these go fast in my house. i’ve got pics of mine i should send you lol

    great blog btw 🙂

    • FoodieMel
      March 22, 2012 at 6:40 am #

      Lol! Thanks, Cris! Cheese just makes everything better, doesn’t it?? Hope you continue to read and try out some recipes!


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