Kale Chips: Crispy and Addictive

Emily Caruso | Jelly Toast

Surprisingly crispy and addictive, kale chips can be seasoned with any flavors you like. They are perfect for a party or just a quick snack standing at your kitchen counter.

Kale Chips Photo

I'll be honest with you: As a general rule, I'm not completely in love with kale.

There are other green leafy veggies out there that I find much more appealing, both in flavor and texture. But I can't stand 'not liking' foods and I refuse to ever consider myself a picky eater. I pretty much forced myself into liking beets. To me, beets had always tasted like dirt. That is, until I discovered that roasting them and putting them on a salad with crumbled goat cheese made them, well, heavenly. Goat cheese has magical powers like that.

Anyway, back to kale and my skepticism. The first several times I had kale it was just...ok. But, there are so many people that rave about kale, I needed to keep trying it to see if there was a way that kale and I could be friends. I was very close to smothering with goat cheese, until I came across kale chips.

Kale Chips Picture

There aren't a lot of chips that I dislike, so I figured that kale chips might be a pretty good idea, too.

It turns out, that tough, bitter tasting kale takes on an airy crispiness as well as a mellow flavor when it's roasted with just a bit of olive oil and salt. The first batch of kale chips I made, I stood over my stove eating them straight off the baking sheet trying to 'decide' whether or not I liked them.

Well, an entire baking sheet of kale chips vanished in about two minutes so I guess I had my answer. I liked them. More than liked them, actually, because I promptly made another batch and proceeded to stuff my face with them again. Needless to say, I ate a lot of kale that day.

It was such a simple and tasty snack, I had a hard time believing it was really that easy. Kale, olive oil and salt. Boom, done. You can even throw some other seasonings on there as well, like garlic powder, chipotle chili powder or my favorite, Old Bay Seasoning.

So, I'm glad to finally have a delicious way that kale and I can be friends. I don't know if our friendship would have been strong enough to survive another batch of sauteed kale. I'm fairly confident that we would have parted ways.  

What's your favorite way to prepare kale? Have you tried this kale pesto recipe?

    6 Servings

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces kale
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • sea salt, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 °F.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. Remove ribs and tough stems from kale and cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces.
  4. Place kale in a large bowl and toss with olive oil.
  5. Spread kale in a single layer on prepared baking sheet, taking care not to overcrowd the kale. You may need to use two baking sheets or bake the chips in two batches.
  6. Sprinkle kale with sea salt and seasonings (if using).
  7. Bake kale for 22-25 minutes or until crispy, flipping chips halfway through. Watch kale closely during the last several minutes of cooking. If smaller pieces are cooking faster, remove them from the sheet to avoid burning.
  8. Allow chips to cool on baking sheet.
  9. These kale chips are best served within a couple of hours. If storing for longer, cover chips loosely to avoid the chips getting soggy.

Notes

Feel free to add the seasoning of your choice to taste: chipotle chili powder, garlic powder, Old Bay Seasoning... whatever you wish!


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About Emily

Emily is known for her absurdly beautiful food photography and coffee co-dependencies on her Jelly Toast Blog. On Food Fanatic, she shares a third addiction: fabulous snacks.

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Amber
bluebonnetsandbrownies.com

I know kale chips have been on the internet forever, but I've still never made them. Yours are gorgeous, Emily! You've talked me into it.

Emily caruso
jellytoastblog.com @ Amber Bracegirdle

Thanks, Amber!

Kate donahue
FoodBabbles.com

Uh...YUM!! I'm desperately trying to like kale myself these days. I've been making it in green smoothies today and tomorrow I'm going to try wooing it by giving it a massage. Apparently massaged kale takes on less of that bitter flavor. We shall see. But this? Oh I think I can definitely get down with this. Considering I currently have 4 big bags of kale in my fridge, this will be happening tomorrow!

Emily caruso
jellytoastblog.com @ Kate Donahue

Thanks, Kate! I totally need to know more about this kale messaging thing. It makes me giggle just thinking about giving kale a rub down, but anything to downplay the bitterness, I am totally on board with :) How are your smoothies going? Do you have a flavor combination you recommend with the kale?

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