Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Kale Chips

So I had a really awesome first recipe planned out, but cooking last night went horribly wrong. There may or may not have been a (very) small fire, oil burns, slipping on wet floors and salt gone wrong. I'm going to start off with something easy instead. Kale chips!

Kale Chips!
So kale chips are super easy. They only have three ingredients (you can add garlic and spices if you want to get fancy, but I went home from work sick today, so there isn't really any energy left for me to be fancy). You start with a whole bunch of kale. If you aren't familiar with kale, it comes in huge bunches.
Start with some kale
The you add salt and oil. Pop it in the oven and boom! kale chips.
Only three ingredients (including salt!)
1 bunch of kale
2 tablespoons of oil (I use 1 tablespoon hemp seed oil, 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, just olive oil is fine)
salt, to taste

  1. Preheat your oven to 275 f.
  2. Remove the kale from the stem. You can use a knife to cut out the middle stem, or just tear the leaves from the stem. De-steming the kale is probably the hardest part of making kale chips. Tear (or cut) the stemless kale into smallish pieces, I like my kale chips large (approx. 3in) but I mostly see recipes say 1.5in pieces.
  3. Gather up all your bits of kale and wash them. Get off all the dirty bits and then dry really well.
  4. Measure out your oil. Pour it all over the kale and then mix it up so all the kale is covered with oil. I usually do this by putting the kale in a giant bowl (see above) and then covering the bowl with a plate and shake. You can also just get in their with your hands, it's up to you.
  5. Salt the kale and mix it up some more.
  6. Put the kale on a baking sheet. The kale will shrink as you cook it, so you can pile it on. Stick the baking sheet in the oven. You will probably have to do multiple rounds of making, especially if you only have a jelly roll for a baking pan like I do. Put your timer on for 15 minutes.
  7. At 15 minutes, I go in and take off all the crispy kale chips. Some of the kale will still be a bit soggy, so those go back in the oven for 5 more minutes. Some people like their kale chips basically burnt; you can leave them in even longer.
  8. That's it. Enjoy your kale chips!

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