Baked Kale Chips: Welcome to the Party

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I’m not trying to hide anything: I am way late to the kale chip party. For years, I’ve heard people say how delicious! how easy! how healthy! they are. And with my hand in a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos, I thought, “Silly hipster foodies…trying to convince themselves that kale chips are good since kale is such a hot-ticket superfood item right now.”

I was wrong. Kale chips are awesome.

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 This is not the first time I’ve resisted something (in utter foolishness) only to be proven totally wrong once I tried it.

#1. Lost. It took me two years to be convinced that this was not a geeky sci-fi show, akin to Star Trek. Now, every time I watch a show on abc.com, and I hear the sound they play before the show begins, I’m still disappointed that I won’t be watching another episode ofLost.

#2. Apple Computers. Oh, how Eric and I fought when our PC was terminally ill a few years ago. He wanted a mac…for his career. I was totally opposed to giving up the familiarity of the PC…and now that I have, I am free…free from the burdens of viruses and Norton warnings and Ctrl-Alt-Deletes.

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#3. Shop-Vacs. For the first two years of our homeownership, Eric and I sopped up the post-downpour basement water with towels, all in the name of our budget. This year, we finally broke down and bought a shop-vac, and I am literally kicking myself for not doing this sooner. Basement water is vomitlicious.

#4. Food Processor. These are not only for lazy people. Everyone should have one.

#5. And for a current example…my phone looks like this.

It is not smart. It does not have a keyboard. And it is not connected to the interwebs. For two years now, I’ve been telling Eric how I think smartphones are totally unnecessary…but then I realized that I was calling him at least two times a day for emergency Google Map help…and then Instragram happened…let’s just say my walls of resistance are beginning to crumble.

So…I may have been late to the kale chip party. But better late than never, right?

These are deliciously salty…with a slight tinge of vinegar that makes your mouth want more (who needs MSG, right?). They are ridiculously easy to make. In fact, I know with certainty that you can go from a bunch of raw kale to having finished eating the entire batch of kale chips in about an hour.

Yeah, they’re that good.
I promise I’m not tricking you into eating greens for the sake of greens themselves.
Don’t be like me.  Don’t resist these one day longer.

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Baked Kale Chips

Baked Kale Chips

(recipe adapted from Edible Twin Cities Magazine

(yields a medium/large bowl of kale chips)

These kale chips are good for you and so, so easy to make...plus super delicious. I adapted the recipe by adding more vinegar (I loved the little bit of bite it provided). I also slowed down the cooking to avoid burning: I put the oven at 250* and baked them much longer than the original recipe instructed.

Ingredients

1 bunch of kale, ribs removed and ripped into about 3-inch pieces

1 tbsp. olive oile

salt and pepper to taste (freshly ground sea salt & pepper are best here!)

1 tsp. red wine vinegar (plus a little more to taste)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 250*.

Place kale pieces in a large bowl. Pour in the oil, season with the salt and pepper, and stir to coat evenly.

Lay kale pieces on a parchment-lined jelly roll pan in a single layer. Bake for about 25 minutes until just about completely dried out and crispy (little to no mushiness). Sprinkled with the red wine vinegar, tossing with tongs. Place in the oven for about 3 more minutes, or until completely dried out and crispy.

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I had to pull smaller pieces off the pan that finished first. Keep checking every minute or so and pulling pieces off that are done, or they will burn.

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These will keep in a covered container for about 2 days.

 

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13 thoughts on “Baked Kale Chips: Welcome to the Party

  1. Just want to say there are several different types of kale…..red, curly leaf, Dino etc. By your photo it looks like you chose Dino kale, my favorite. I use red kale for salads and curly kale & Dino for sauteing. The kale chips sound wonderful.

    • I know what you mean – not every chip of mine comes out quite right…but I’ve found that with the low temperature and longer cooking time, more come out right than not :)

  2. I love Lost – it’s not only one of my favorite shows ever, but one of my favorite things ever…although I like to refer to it as sci-fi (cuz it is). I have a smart phone, too, and let me say – you are in for a treat if and one you get one! I used to have a Blackberry a few years back before I got an Android, and I, too, would have to make emergency calls for map help because using a map on a Blackberry is basically impossible (or it was back then, anyway). These kale chips look crispy and delicious. I really need to get around to making my own – I have been spending $5 a pop on them at the store!

    • My husband has a smartphone…we thought we’d spring for one data plan per month…but all it’s done is make me want to have one of my own more than ever….sigh. I can’t believe how expensive kale chips are at the store when a bunch of kale is like $1….

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