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Kale Chips: A Savory, Simple, and Nourishing Snack
Kale Chips: A Savory, Simple, and Nourishing Snack

When some friends announced they'd be stopping by last Sunday, I wanted to make a welcoming snack in a flash. But after hours of munching on heavy March Madness snacks the day before, I needed to give my body a little lovin' with some lighter, vegetable-centric fare.

I knew exactly what to make: oven-baked chips made from nothing but olive oil and Tuscan kale. The crispy bite, conceived by James Beard-nominated chef Dan Barber, is so basic, it's practically a non-recipe. Find out how I made these nutty, melt-in-your mouth chips when you

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Tuscan Kale Chips

Tuscan Kale Chips

Ingredients

  1. 12 large Tuscan kale leaves, rinsed, dried, cut lengthwise in half, center ribs and stems removed
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. Salt
  4. Pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 250°F. Toss kale with oil in large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Arrange leaves in single layer on 2 large baking sheets. Bake until crisp, about 30 minutes for flat leaves and up to 33 minutes for wrinkled leaves.
  3. Transfer leaves to rack to cool.

Makes approximately 24 chips.

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KateFurr67
KateFurr67
I tried these with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and they were quite good! They got a little toasted and aren't as good as they could be I think. I'm going to try marinating them a little longer in the vinegar to infuse the flavor more and then try crisping them in the dehydrator. Thanks for the recipe! Kate http://haphazardhomestead.blogspot.com/
Food
Food
LemonOut: Yes, definitely! lilprisci: You could experiment with different seasonings (Cajun seasonings, maybe even a little grated Parmesan cheese), but I think these chips are probably a bit too delicate to stand up to a dip. They break quite easily!
LemonOut
LemonOut
I don't know if I have com across tuscan kale. Will the normal kale from the supermarket work?
michlny
michlny
I LOVE Kale Chips! I used to make them everyday so I get my daily greens....but I have forgotten! Thanks for the reminder!
GlowingMoon
GlowingMoon
Interesting. I may try this for the holidays. It would make an interesting appetizer.
La-Tua-Cantante
La-Tua-Cantante
I like kale! That would probably be good with hummus. But then again I love hummus so much I put it on absolutely anything.
lilprisci
lilprisci
Oh these looks so tasty!! Any ideas about dips or the like? Some hummus maybe or just a little salt and garlic powder perhaps?
jhig
jhig
Yuk!!! This reminds me of the time a friend and I visited an Asian Market. She picked up a bag of Dried Seaweeds and ate them like potatoe chips. After trying one out myself, I didn't stop gagging until two days later. So, I'll have to give this a pass.
Txredd
Txredd
I've not had them before. They do sound good.
amylp
amylp
Kale chips are soo good! I like to add a bit of lemon juice, garlic powder and nutritional yeast to mix in with the olive oil.
ChowMama-Stacie
ChowMama-Stacie
I heard that Bon Appétit featured this recipe. The pics look great! And kale chips are DEF worth making. I recently posted a recipe that's very similar, but adds a bit of cider vinegar. You might want to try that, too. Do a little taste test! Either way, you win! Stacie http://www.chowmama.com/2009/03/10/kale-chips/
hithatsmybike
hithatsmybike
ooh! I want to try this! Kale is the best food you can possibly eat health-wise -- but I have yet to try it because I don't really know what to do with it. This looks great!
Advah
Advah
I found out about these by "mistake" (read: I forgot kale in the oven) and they're incredibly delicious! My friend and I spent the whole winter "burning" kale! :P
Spectra
Spectra
I've never tried these, but they sound kind of good. I would never have thought to bake kale like that...it seems kind of different, like baking lettuce or something.
ameliajc
ameliajc
Kale chips are amazing! They're great if you sprinkle on a little Parmesan cheese as well before you bake them.
elysiamann
elysiamann
those look and sound amazing! do you just eat them alone or with a dip?
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