Tuesday, May 17, 2011

How to Make Kale Chips

Kale chips are a recent entry into the healthier snack food arena. But the packages sold in stores are very expensive (for not a lot of product). Instead, try making your own, which is straightforward.

There are many varieties of kale and you can make kale chips using any of them. The photo is of purple (or Russian) kale, but lacinato (aka dinosaur) and curly kale, two popular varieties, will become a little crunchier.

Here’s how to make your own kale chips:

Preheat oven to 325. Strip the leaves off the stems, and then wash and dry the leaves. Put the leaves in a bowl, drizzle with a little olive oil, mix the leaves so the oil is evenly dispersed, spread the leaves in a single layer on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with some unrefined sea salt and fresh ground pepper, put the kale in the heated oven, bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the kale starts to crisp. Remember, the chips, like all food, will continue to cook when you take them out of the oven. Eat.

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