Sunday, September 22, 2013

Kale Chips

This year we joined a CSA for the first time.  Being in the new house, and having 4 kids....Lets just say I was being realistic about my ability to get a vegetable garden in and cared for.  We have received kale, every.single.week.  Before, I saw kale as a fall crop, perfect for adding to soup.  I had to rethink my own thinking and hit the internet to find some other ideas.  My easy solution was to try kale chips.  I agree there are a zillion and one recipes out there, my recipe isn't much different than the rest, but it is good.

Start with a bunch of kale, this typically consists of around 8 stalks.  Slice or peel leafy portion away from the stalks and dispose of the stalks. Rip leaves into pieces and wash in a bowl of water.

Spin it in your salad spinner.

Toss the still slightly damp pieces with a healthy drizzle of olive oil, I'd say about 1/4 cup.  Sprinkle with salt and 1/4 cup vinegar.  Toss the entire mixture well. 

Lay out on 2 baking sheets so that there is a single layer of kale and they are not too squished.

Bake in a preheated oven (325) for about a half an hour. Be sure to stir frequently.  You will know they are done when they smell great and are crispy to the touch.

Lay out on paper towels or a clean dish towel to cool.  This is very important, if you do not do this they will get soggy when they cool and soggy kale chips are not very good.

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