Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Kale Chips? Did we run out of potatoes?

That's the question you might be asking yourself as you sit down for the big game and someone sets a heaping bowl of these babies in front of you.
But trust me, they're worth it.
These little crisps are a healthy, tasty, innovative (and trendy!) alternative to classic potato chips and really easy to make.
There are a few different versions floating around the internet, some with vinegar and others with seasonings like chili powder, but I think simple is the best way to go (at least to start).

Before you get started on the kale, preheat your oven to 250. Next, thoroughly clean one bunch of kale (this is really for two people, if you're making these for a large group, you may want to buy a few bunches and work in batches) and make sure it is completely dry before you put it in the oven. This point is very important because your goal is to dehydrate the kale; wet kale will simply steam.
Next, tear your kale into chip-sized squares and lay them out on a greased or non-stick foil-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle a little olive oil and a pinch of sea salt and toss to coat each piece evenly.
Throw the kale in the oven and it should emerge crispy and yummy after about 20 minutes (the edges of the kale pieces get a little brown).
This is one that's too easy not to try for your next party.
Let me know how your kale chips go over. Did you try any variations?


  1. Super excited to try this... Kale will be on my shopping list this weekend!

  2. I've been meaning to do more with kale other than throwing it into soup. This sounds perfect...and I agree, lightly salted sounds best!!!

  3. I tried Kale for the first time a few days back and it was amazingly good. I haven't tried Kale chips before, but would be very interested in doing so. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I've been meaning to make these. I guess I should just do it!

  5. Great tips on making the kale chips, you are absolutely right - washing and drying them is so important, not only so they dont steam, but kale is notorious for dirt and pesticides so washing is extra smart! Great Idea for baking at a lower temp, will try that out next time! :)