Kale is a super food. It is one of the best foods that you can eat. So why is kale so important? It is high in Vitamins C, A, and K, contains phytonutrients, can help prevent certain types of cancer, and even helps to lower cholesterol levels. Yup, I’m pretty sure kale deserves to wear a super hero cape.
If you are anything like me, I didn’t know a whole lot about kale, but I was willing to try it. One way to get a tasty introduction to kale is to make kale chips. They are easy, quick, fun to do, and have endless seasoning possibilities. Here is how we make kale chips in our house.
- Kale – any variety will do, just make sure that the leaves are firm
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
- Spices – we like chili powder or garlic powder/sesame seeds
- Sugar (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 375. If you have the option to use convection go ahead and use that, just make sure that the final temp is 375.
- Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat.
- Wash and dry your kale before tearing it into chip-sized pieces.
- In a bowl, mix your kale with a tiny bit of EVOO. The key here is “less is more”. Don’t let the leaves get saturated otherwise your chips won’t get crispy.
- Add any seasoning(s) you would like and mix again.
- If you find that you don’t like the aftertaste of the kale chips you can add a tiny bit of sugar to your mixture. By tiny bit, I mean that when I make kale chips I never use more than a 1/2 teaspoon of sugar total for 3-4 large cookies sheets worth of chips.
- Spread your kale in a single layer on the chip making sure to unfold any pieces that are bent. If you skip this step your chips won’t be crispy.
- Pop the cookie sheet into the oven for 3-5 minutes. Check the chips frequently. In fact, I usually stand right in front of the oven since the cook time is so short. This allows me to monitor the chips – burned kale chips are not tasty! Depending on how much EVOO you used, whether or not you are using convection, and how dry you got your kale at the beginning, cooking time will vary. Just be vigilant.
Here are some other recipes for kale chips. I haven’t personally tried them so let me know how they work for you!