Jan 14 2011

Food Friday: Kale Chips

Published by at 9:07 am under Cooking,Dog,Recipes

Kale vs. Dog

I found out about kale chips from Diana at The Chic Life. The first time she posted about them as a side dish and when she came to visit San Francisco, I asked her for the recipe. She gave me the basics: spritz some olive oil, salt and pepper and bake til crispy. Since then I’ve refined a bit more.

Here’s the illustrated version of the recipe.

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.


Start with some nice, crisp, fresh kale.

Kale to be washed

Tear the leaves off the spine of your kale. I don’t like the hard part. If you like it, then just tear it into small pieces. But I don’t like it so I remove it. Then rinse your kale. I always find some mud and dirt on my kale so I like to give it a good rinse.

Kale to be prepped

Next spread your kale out on baking sheet. I’ve tried it with a non-stick like above and regular as below:

More prep kale

Next we’ll assemble the tasty parts.

Olive oil, salt, pepper and turmeric

I use a spritzer to get the right amount of olive oil on there. Just a light spritzing all over. The first time I put them in a bowl and drizzled olive oil and mixed it all up and they ended up too coated and never really crisped up. So the spritzer works better.

Then I use my electric pepper and salt mills to put a nice layer all over. You could just as easily sprinkle loose salt and pepper.

Seasoned kale

Finally, it’s time for the flavor. My favorite is to just add turmeric after the salt and pepper. I’ve found this to have the best flavor and turmeric + pepper is a powerhouse anti-inflammatory for the immune system. I’ve also tried oregano and garlic & ginger. The garlic & ginger gave it a kinda asian flavor, and the oregano was just okay.

Popping the kale in the oven

Then it’s time to pop it in the oven. I put mine in for 22 minutes. You’ll have to play around with yours to figure out what time gives you the crispiness you like.

Finished kale

When they’re done, enjoy! I store them in zip-loc bags. They usually don’t last long in my house — my husband eats them right up — but I imagine they will last at least a week.

Dogs like kale, too

Even Minnie tried to get some 🙂

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