Friday, June 24, 2011

Kale Chips!

Wow, I can't believe this is my first post on kale! I have to admit, this leafy green vegetable is a bit of an obsession for me. Besides the fact that kale is one of the healthiest foods that you can eat, it is incredibly versatile in the kitchen. Kale can be baked (see recipe below), roasted, sauteed, steamed, eaten raw....well, you get the point.

Today I was feeling like a little snack so I decided to bake up some nice, crispy kale chips. I seasoned them with my stand-by favorites (salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika) but you can also try variations like curry, allspice, or garlic. As soon as you bite into the chip, you get a lovely little pop of flavor and texture. The kale is no longer chewy but instead delectably and delicately crispy.

Once you start eating them, it will be difficult to stop. You may want to buy a couple of extra bunches of kale just in case....


3 loose cups kale, removed of stems and roughly chopped (about 1 medium bunch)
1 T olive oil
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp paprika


1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Using a knife or kitchen scissors, cut the leaves of the kale off of the rough center stem. Wash thoroughly and pat dry.
3. Place kale in a single layer on a baking sheet. Make sure all of the leaves are spread out. Sprinkle with olive oil and the spices.
4. Place in center of oven for 10-15 minutes, being careful not to overcook. The leaves should be just getting crunchy when you take them out. Any longer after that point, and they will basically disintegrate on you.


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