Fix Me A Snack

A blog created by a mom who got sick of feeding her kids crackers and ice cream

I have no love for Kale Chips. But I know all the super healthy beautiful people out there are making them and getting healthier and more beautiful with every bite.

I have been munching on them all morning simply because there is a big pile sitting on the counter. My kids, however, are not big fans. My youngest helped me make them and happily tasted one. But a minute later she was at the bathroom sink rinsing out her mouth. My oldest tried them a couple hours later and enjoyed the crispy saltiness, but not the bitter aftertaste. My husband’s assessment was “they taste better than they smell.”

Regardless, these are worth a try if you have a sad and lonely bunch of wilted kale hiding out at the bottom of your crisper drawer like I did. I originally ran across a recipe at The Kitchn which points to a recipe at ChowMama.

1 bunch kale (I used Tuscan)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt (or less to taste)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Rinse kale. Remove the stems and tear the leaves into 1-2″ pieces. Place kale pieces in a large mixing bowl. It’s okay if they still have a few water droplets on them. Set aside.

In a very small bowl whisk together the olive oil, vinegar and salt. Pour the oil mixture over the kale and toss to coat.

Spread the kale pieces on parchment-lined baking sheets. Make sure they do not overlap. (My bowl of kale was enough to cover four baking sheets so I had to do two batches in the oven.)  Bake for 15 minutes or until dry and crispy, but not browned. Allow to cool briefly and serve. Store in an airtight container.

Yield: 4 cups
Prep-time: 10 minutes
Bake-time: 15 minutes

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  1. Missy
    3:08 pm on January 4th, 2010

    This is the recipe I tried recently. I do not think these were a success for me but I vow to try them again one day. I did not use the vinegar. Also I might try and lower the oven temp because heating EV olive oil too high can be bad for you. Mine seemed to be too brown and burt oil tasting. Glad to see you took the plunge and ate some Kale :)

  2. I am not a fan of kale, but I AM oddly drawn to try these kale chips! Your post is not the first that I’ve read about kale chips. One day I will give these a try!

  3. Since my blog is called Lettuce Eat Kale, it’s safe to assume I’m a tad obsessed with these snacks, both the roasted and dehydrated kind.

    Never cooked ’em with vinegar, so will have to give that a try & here’s a tip I learned from Jaden at Steamy Kitchen which is worth trying: Add the salt after roasting. Seems to help with the all-important crisp factor. Give it a go and see what you think.

  4. i have never done this with kale. when i was getting co-op veggies we got kale nearly every week and it the whole family’s least favorite. i tried it many ways, the most palatable being boiled then sauted with one diced onion. it was the chewiness that always made me not love it. i might try this, although i usually opt for spinach when buying greens now that i choose at the market.

  5. I can not tell you how much I love the fact that some of the “healthy” eaters out there loathe kale as much as I do. Back in the day when we had a co-op membership, we also were buried under a pile of kale. I ended up making some casseroles with lots of cheese and rice that completely masked the kale. But recently I came across How I Learned to Love Kale by Molly Wizenberg. The recipe in this article makes kale my friend and not my enemy.

  6. I actually love kale chips. I don’t put the vinegar on them and I roast them until they’re so crispy that they just melt in your mouth. But I like seaweed, and they taste just like seaweed (without the fishiness) when I do it this way. What kind of kale is this? I only use the curly kind but this looks like the thicker, broader leaf.

  7. I used Tuscan Kale. But maybe I should try some of the curly kind. I saw some dark purple curly kale the other day that was quite beautiful.

  8. T
    10:28 am on February 1st, 2011

    I tried Kale Chips last summer from grocery store kale. It was alright. I tried it again this winter with my organic CSA curly kale and it was so good and sweet! The grower said that kale gets sweet and loses its bitterness after it is frozen and then picked. I guess that’s the key!

  9. Excellent tip. Thanks a million!

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