If I paused for a second while shoveling two trays (direct from the oven) of kale chips into my pie hole, I would have a better picture. Alas, it was not my immediate priority. I had a firm focus and one track mind for consumption.
I know the name is misleading, but these are not really a substitute for chips! Healthy snack food: yes. Disguisable as potato chips: not so much. But don’t be led astray, they are insanely delicious and will curb any crunchy/salty/chip-like craving.
There are two kinds of people in this world: those who like kale, and those who don’t. Be realistic. If you don’t like kale, you probably won’t enjoy these. If you do like kale this will become the basis of your go-to kale recipe. Trust me, I know things.
- 10-12 Kale Leaves
- 2 tablespoons oil**
- 1/2 teaspoon salt** (less or more if desired)
- 1 teaspoon garlic** (less or more if desired)
** Alterations to this recipe are unlimited. Get inspiration from your pantry. This is my favorite recipe, scroll to the bottom for more recipe ideas!
Step 1: Wash your Kale. I grow kale in my garden so unless I want an occasional slug in the mix, this step is essential. Be aware that you will need to completely dry the kale in order to achieve the ultimate crispy experience. I use a colander to rinse and wait until after the the kale has been cut to finish drying.
Step 2: De-stem and cut the Kale. I find that it is easiest to de-stem when the leaf is turned upside down. See diagram: Kale A for optimal cutting techniques.
Step 3: Thoroughly dry Kale. Seriously, I use a paper towel and a clean dishtowel. If the kale is wet it will not crisp to perfection. No excuses.
Step 4: Place Kale in a bag and add your ingredients (olive oil, salt, garlic). Don’t drench your kale in olive oil, you just want the pieces to be lightly coated! Add one tablespoon at a time if you are unsure. Seal the bag and shake.
Mush everything around with your hands, shake some more. Make sure everything is just lightly coated and the seasonings aren’t left in clumps.
***TIP: I’ve found the bag method minimizes cleanup. Another method is to lightly spray the kale with an oil aerosol. Then sprinkle on the seasonings. Or you can mix it all up in a bowl.***
Step 5: Assemble Kale on baking sheet. Spend some time arranging the kale! You will want to make sure the pieces haven’t folded over, and none overlap. Try to lay the pieces curly side down (for some reason these will crisp better).
Step 6: Bake Kale at 300-350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Flip kake or rotate tray at 4-5 minutes. Disclaimer: All ovens are different. There is a fine line between kale chips and burnt kale. I used a convection oven set to 325. When 4 minutes have passed I flip the larger pieces of kale. At 8 minutes I check again. Many times they will need an extra minute or two.
Other Kale recipe ideas:
- Great recipe, the spices are fantastic, I’m a little jealous I didn’t come up with this!
- Oil, chili flakes, chopped almonds, garlic powder, onion powder
- Substitute half of the oil with low sodium soy sauce
- Oil, garlic powder, chipotle pepper spice
- Add sesame seeds to any recipe
- Be creative with oils, truffle oil, sunflower oil, etc.
- Add cheese: parmesan, asiago, romano
- Add a teaspoon of Sriracha to the oil if you like heat
- Oil, chili powder, garlic, and sprinkle with lime juice after baking
- Substitute half of the oil with vinegar for a “salt and vinegar” chip
- Nutritional yeast gives a wonderful cheesy taste, great with garlic and onion powder.