Baked Kale Chips

Yes, this is me. Retro Dinner Diva… lover of mashed potatoes, cheese, and all things fried posting a Baked Kale Chips recipe.  Yes, kale. You know the leafy green healthy stuff? Let me explain, I’m trying to diet and well, I’ve completely lost my mind. Simple as that.  🙂

No, in all seriousness…..I stumbled across a recipe in Bon Appetit magazine a few months ago about baked kale. I was amazed by the fact that kale could apparently bake up super crispy and I thought “I have got to try this!”  Plus, kale is loaded with calcium, Vitamin K, magnesium, beta carotene, and folic acid. It’s really, really good for you. It is. So, I thought, why not? It’s worth a try. Let’s do this.

RECIPE: Baked Kale Chips

So here goes, the ingredients are simple:

A bunch of kale

1 Tablespoon olive oil

Sea Salt

That’s all! I used a bought a big bag of pre-chopped kale like this, which made this recipe very easy.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toss about 4 cups chopped kale with 1 tablespoon olive oil and spread out evenly on a baking sheet. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake 10-15 minutes.

A few important notes:

1. Use caution when salting because the kale shrinks when cooking and you run the risk of it being too salty. I used only about 1 teaspoon of sea salt.

2. Cook the kale until crispy and the tips are just starting to lightly brown. If you overcook the kale, it will taste burnt.

3. If you wash and chop a fresh bunch of kale, make sure to dry the kale with paper towels. If the kale is wet, it will cause it to steam in the oven and you will have soft, wilted kale versus crispy, delicate kale.

So, how do they taste? Well, they were very, very crispy. I was amazed at how crispy and thought that was very cool. When researching baked kale recipes on the internet, I saw so many people saying how wonderful and good and addictive they were. I’m not sure I’d go that far. I’ll be honest, they have a slightly bitter aftertaste….but kale is a somewhat bitter green so that’s to be expected. And it tastes similar to broccoli. I happen to love broccoli so that was fine with me. However, if you don’t like broccoli, you probably will not like these broccoli tasting potato chip like thingies. Overall, they were easy to make, tasted decent, and are so healthy that I suppose I can occasionally substitute my favorite Salt N’ Vinegar chips with them. 🙂

Feel free to season them up how you want. Play around a little! Add some pepper, garlic powder, or seasoned salt instead of sea salt. Or toss with some Tabasco and sprinkle with cayenne and red pepper flakes for spicy chips. I also tossed one batch of mine with a little soy sauce which gave them a nice, salty Asian flare.  You’ve got to try them at least once. Come on!

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