Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Kale Chips (?)

I started bookmarking recipes using kale about a year ago now. We get tons of it in our weekly CSA baskets, so I wanted to be prepared for this season. Lucky me, kale has grown very popular over the past year or so and is touted as one of the healthiest foods you can eat these days! So it was easier to find some great recipes out there using kale than it had been in the past.

Well, it's a good thing I had done my recipe research because what was in our very first basket of the season but a huge bunch of kale! With my new arsenal of recipes (other than just stewing it with other greens), I went to work.

I have to be honest, when I saw this recipe for the first time, I had my doubts. Kale Chips (?) - seemed a little odd to me. But I decided to give it a try.

Well, the recipe did not disappoint in the least! These were delicious! What do they taste like? They were reminiscent of some really pungent salt and vinegar chips. Nice and crispy with that satisfying crunch, and it really delivers that punch of salt and the tang of sour flavor. The mildly bitter flavor of the greens really brings it all together. The hubs and I both loved these - definitely a great way to satisfy that craving for chips without breaking your diet.

Kale Chips
from Becca of Woman with a Whisk

10-12 kale leaves, washed and dried
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Chop your kale leaves into 1-inch pieces, discarding the stems. Combine vinegar, oil, and seasonings in a medium bowl, Add the kale pieces, tossing until completely coated. Arrange the kale on a large baking sheet in a single layer.

Bake for about 10 minutes, until the kale is crispy and slightly golden.


Deals, Steals and Heels said...

seriously?? you are amazing woman!!

Cathy said...

What a cool idea!

Kerstin said...

Wow, very creative! I'm glad they exceded your expectations!

BMK said...

My MIL introduced me to kale chips! I was skeptical but they are awesome. Thanks for reminding me I need to make some again soon!

Anonymous said...

Mmm. I saw these a white back in (nestinginjapan's!) and they look great. The Omnivore won't go for it, though...he calls kale "weeds." Check out my blog for other kale ideas! Incl. pizza and stirfry

Anonymous said...

yum! I'm a fan! We make ours with just olive oil and sea salt, but I love the idea of using vinegar as well! I'll need to try this variation!

Jigginjessica said...

what an interesting idea :)

Anonymous said...

They look awesome, I can't wait to make these!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Really? These are super neat!

Joelen said...

This sounds fantastic - I like spinach and basil chips... I'll have to try kale!

Becca said...

So glad you liked them! Yours look so fresh and crispy.


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