Saturday, 7 April 2012

Kale Chips

I came across this idea on one of Laura Vitale's cooking videos. I thought it was so brilliant that you can make chips out of a vegetable. Then I googled it and it was all over the internet so I did I not know about this?

I bought myself some kale and decided to try it out. There are so many different baking temperatures/baking times on the internet and I kind of winged it because I didn't know which I should trust. I went with 350 degrees for about 13 minutes. I baked some on a pizza pan that had holes in them and some on a regular baking sheet. The ones on the pizza pan baked a lot faster and kept the green colour much better. So the next batch I decided to bake them on a cooling rack set over a regular pan.

1 bunch Kale
3 tbsp oil
1 tsp salt
spice (optional)

Kale is pretty easy to prepare. Pinch the stalk at the ends, then run your hand down to the tip so that you strip off the leaves. Wash the leaves really well then let it dry completely. 

I used a salad spinner to get rid of most of the moisture then laid them out on a sheet of paper towel.

Pre-heat your oven to 350. Toss the kale with some oil and salt. I used some of my homemade chipotle oil but olive oil would do fine. If you are using plain oil, then add some sort of spice such as cayenne or chipotle. Lay them out on a wire rack in one single layer then place it on top of a cookie sheet. Bake for 12-13 minutes until they are perfectly crispy.

It tasted pretty good, kinda like a mix between real potato chips and dried seaweed. One thing I didn't like was that it crumbled into tiny pieces and got stuck in my teeth. I read on one blog, can't remember which, that you can crumble it and put it on your popcorn. I don't think I will make it again because it wasn't my favorite thing and I thought it had a little bit of a bitter after taste.

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