Wednesday, April 10, 2013

recipes: kale chips

I have two words for you today (okay, it's way more than two words, but why be so technical?).  Kale. Chips.  Have you ever eaten these crispy little bites of goodness?  If you follow me on Instagram, then you have seen me post these a lot lately.  My brother in law, Daniel Crews, got me hooked on them a few weeks ago and then I got my husband hooked on them!  I have had several people ask me for my recipe, so here it is:

1 bundle of fresh kale
2 tablespoons of olive oil
salt & pepper

1.  Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.  While your oven is heating, wash and thoroughly dry your bundle of kale.  Tear off bite size pieces of the kale (leaving the stem out) and place in a bowl.

2.  In the same bowl as the kale, drizzle the olive oil over the kale and mix.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  I like using freshly ground pepper and either kosher or sea salt.  Be careful not to over salt them!

3.  Line a pan with parchment paper and spread the kale out evenly over the pan as a single layer.

4.  Place the pan in the oven on the center rack and bake for 12-15 minutes.  Make sure you watch it closely when you are past 12 minutes so you don't burn them!  I tell you that from experience, because I have burnt them before - not yummy at all!

5.  Once they have slightly browned, pull them from the oven and place in a bowl to eat and enjoy!

See?  I didn't watch mine closely enough and some pieces were extra crispy (I'm still learning to gauge the temperature of my lower oven - by the way, dutch ovens are a must!).  Thankfully Joshua likes the flavor of burnt things - gross, I know!

If you want more flavor, you can add fresh squeezed lemon or grated parmesan cheese sprinkled on top after you remove them from the oven.  Be careful adding dried ingredients to the mix, because the purpose of roasting the kale is to alleviate moisture, so if the spices are already dried, they will just burn.  Add them on top with 2-3 minutes are left.  I like mixing in minced garlic after I drizzle the olive oil on top in step 2 and throwing on some parmesan cheese with 1-2 minutes left!   If you decide to make these, I would love to know your opinion!

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