Crunchy Kale Chips – A New Favorite!

By , July 14, 2011

Kale chips fresh from the oven

I admit that I don’t love kale. It’s not a green that I crave the way I do others, but there are ways to prepare it that can really make it downright delicious. And it’s so full of nutrition! But best of all it self-seeds itself in my garden pathways, so it’s always there in abundance when we need it, all throughout the spring and summer.

Here’s my new favorite way to eat it. I LOVE these chips!! They have the salty, satisfying crunch of potato chips.

Crunchy Kale Chips

1/2 lb kale, ribs removed and leaves cut into 2″ pieces

Generous 1/4 tsp sea salt

1 Tbsp olive oil, on the generous side

Preheat your oven to 250°F  (120°C). Wash the kale if needed, and dry it well. Toss in a large bowl with salt and oil. Spread on cookie sheets in a single layer (you can crowd them together and overlap a bit). Bake 20-25 minutes until crunchy. The kale should remain a bright, deep green. If it begins to brown, it’ll taste slightly bitter.

Store in an airtight container if you don’t eat the whole batch right then and there!

De-rib the big leaves by folding in half and cutting the rib away.

Cut into 2" pieces.

Arrange in a single layer on cookie sheets.

7 Responses to “Crunchy Kale Chips – A New Favorite!”

  1. Trish says:

    Wow, what a great idea!
    Thanks x

  2. donna rae says:

    I love this idea! Can’t wait to try some (since potato chips are my secret vice).

  3. Kate says:

    This crunchy recipe also circulated on my CSA newsletter and we too prefer and enjoy kale this way. I bake it at 375F for 15 minutes, get the same result. However it doesn’t hang around long enough to store. I leave it on the counter and we nibble until it’s gone in a day or two!

  4. Lindsey says:

    Kate,
    Isn’t it a great way to eat kale? I’m loving it! Especially since we have so much kale to use up.
    Love,
    Lindsey

  5. Jantie says:

    Could I do this in a dehydrator?

  6. irene says:

    How long will these last? Also, how long can you store the grape fruit leather?

  7. Lindsey says:

    Irene,
    The grape fruit leather lasts indefinitely. The kale chips will eventually go rancid due to the oil. They’ll last a couple months though if you use coconut oil and/or store in the fridge.

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