Monday, October 12, 2015

Kale Chips

'Tis the season to put the gardens to rest.  For most who garden and plant kale, this usually means an overabundance of it.  At least that's what it means for my friend Louise, who was giving out free bunches of kale after church today!  I gladly took a bunch and knew right away what I'd do with it...Kale chips!  Something that's healthy and that my 7-year-old actually loves.

There are so many recipes out there if you just google "kale chips."  But here's the one that I've used and that works for me:
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Cut or tear kale into bite-sized pieces, getting rid of any large stems.

  • Wash and dry kale.  The drying part is important, otherwise your chips will be soggy.  I used a salad spinner and then blotted them dry even more with paper towels.
  • Massage kale with olive oil until it is thoroughly covered.  Sprinkle desired spices in and mix up with your hands.  I find this method works better to evenly distribute the spices versus sprinkling them on afterward, or mixing with a spoon.
  • Lay kale in a single layer on a rimmed cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  
  • Put in the oven for 15 minutes, center rack.  Rotate and put in for 10 more minutes.
  • Enjoy!

Here are the ingredients I used (but feel free to change up the spices or add more or less to your taste):
  • 1 Large Head of Kale
  • 1 Tb Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • About 1/2 tsp of each:
    • Garlic Powder
    • Himalayan Pink Salt
  • About 1/4 tsp of each:
    • Black Pepper
    • Paprika
The only issue?  They were gone way too fast between me, my husband and my 7-year-old son.  YUM!