I happen to be watching the Food Network. Yes, I just happen to be! Ok, fine! I watch it a lot. Well they were making kale chips. I thought “Hmmm, really?”. You can make something like that and snack on them? Ok, I’m game! So the daughter and I set out to taste test this as we knew we had some left over fresh kale in the fridge. They were not only interesting but we could not stop eating them. In fact, we discussed sneaking these into movies, staying up late to watch “Master Chef” with these in bed and car trip snacks! By the end of our discussion, we realized we ate them all. Shopping list: Buy more Kale!
You will need:
- 1 lb bag of kale or 1 fresh head
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- Kosher salt for sprinkling
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
Now, a lot of recipes will tell you to remove the ribs from the kale. Well, I left them because I used the pre-washed and pre-cut kale in a bag but if you use the head, you will want to wash and DRY thoroughly. Cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces and maybe remove some of the larger pieces of the ribs.
I laid mine out on paper towels to get rid of any humidity that might of been in the bag.
When dry, lay your kale pieces on a baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil and salt. Trust me, go light on the salt.
Bake until crisp, turning the leaves halfway through, about 20 minutes.
As you can see mine still had a touch of green to them and after I tasted them, I decided I wanted it just like that. Don’t be afraid to taste test your desired doneness along the way!
They were so good and my daughter loved them as well. They almost had a buttery quality to them without actually using butter. Want to take it up a notch, maybe sprinkle some chili flakes on them next time. Either way, these were a surprising winner.