Kale Chips, Delicious

I got the laundry in from the line moments before the rain began, perfect.  I hate it when I forget about the laundry hanging and then the rain begins – so the laundry stays on the line until the rain stops and the clothes dry.

This year I grew curly kale just so I would be able to make kale chips more often – it really does not work as well with the Russian kale that I normally grow.  I was lucky to have a beautiful bunch of kale given to me from a friend – freshly picked from their garden.  Since we had a movie from the library that we needed to watch and it was raining, what better way to spend the rest of  yesterday afternoon but to watch a movie and indulge in freshly made kale chips.

Most kids I know will not eat kale, but if you want to see something amazing, make these chips and they will gobble these up, actually they will inhale them!  So far I have not seen a kid at our house pass these up. It is one of the easiest treats to make.

Kale Chips

1. One bunch of kale, thoroughly washed.
2. Break off the stems, but pull any small leafs off. and put them in a glass bowl.
3.  Then I use scissors to cut the top of the kale into 1 inch strips, once I get to where the stem is harder and larger I pull the kale from the stalk or you can use scissors, keeping the pieces to about an inch.
4. Place all pieces into a glass bowl, drizzle some olive oil and then toss the kale to coat.  You can also just put the kale pieces on a cookie sheet and spray with olive oil and then toss.  I find it easier to just do it all in a bowl.
5. After you are sure that the kale is completely coated, sprinkle some salt and toss again.
6. Place the kale pieces onto a cookie sheet or 2 and place into a 400 degree oven.
7. Since I use 2 cookie sheets I put the timer on 4 minutes and then change the sheets, the one on top now on bottom and vice versa.
8. I put the timer on for another 4 minutes.  The chips will take about 8 – 12 minutes, but once they get crunchy they burn very quickly – so you need to keep an eye on them.  After 8 minutes I continually check on them.
9. Take them off the cookie sheets and place in a bowl.

Enjoy and before you know it the bowl will be empty!

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4 Responses to Kale Chips, Delicious

  1. Gabriel says:

    Can this be done with other crucifer leaves? I have some overly healthy brussel sprouts that put out magnificent span-sized leaves. They are rather tough and boring if sauted or steamed. My only hesitation in trying this recipe this instant is venting the 400 degree oven out of my house!

    • simply0637 says:

      I am not sure about other crucifer leaves – I would think they would work too. You only have the oven on for about 15 minutes total – should heat up that much – I bet you could try it on the grill. Maybe I will try putting the kale on tin foil and doing on the grill. Thanks for the idea!

  2. Gabriel says:

    OK…mission accomplished (I guess we’ll never hear those words the same way again…).
    I followed directions (not a common thing for me to do) and used olive oil spray and krazy jane…
    It came out PERFECTLY, crispy on the outside, and slightly chewy where it hadn’t completely dried out. The two bowls-full disappeared in less than 30 minutes…and I live alone! A new addiction with a one-step recovery program: make more.
    I have a great big head o’ turnip I may try this on next.
    Thank you, Rurbanella!

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