I recently bought some kale (on sale. Get the idea? Ok, so the title is pretty cheesy.) and decided to make kale chips for the first time ever.
I’m no Kale virgin, believe me. In fact, I used to put it straight into curries – I’m not sure if it’s a good or a bad idea, but there you go. I haven’t had Kale in years though. I moved away from the place where I used to buy it, and haven’t seen it since – it’s kind of romantic, if you forget that I’m talking about leafy greens.
And here they are, in all their crispy, tasty glory. All you need to make these beauties is;
- Kale (of course)
- Course sea salt
- Fresh black pepper
- Virgin Olive oil
- Parmesan cheese (optional)
- Lemon juice
- Soy sauce to serve
[Recipe adapted from here]
Before you start, crank your oven up to 150 degrees Celsius to get it all nice and toasty. Next, what you gotta do is massage some oil into these beautiful leaves. I got mine from a bag, so I didn’t need to pull them off the stalks first – lucky me!
Once they’re all coated in oil, add all the ingredients bar the lemon juice, parmesan, and the soy sauce. Toss them all together, and presto! You’re nearly halfway there.
Spread your lovely leaves out on a bed of greaseproof paper on an oven tray. Make sure they aren’t overlapping too much or some bits won’t crisp up properly.
Remember when you preheated your oven? Well now it’s time for the kale to go under the heat. I put mine in for ten minutes before taking the tray out and tossing the leaves a little to get an even crisp.
It was at this point that I added a little parmesan to half the chips. You don’t have to do this – it was just a little experiment. Personally, I’d put cheese on anything BUT maybe it’s not to your taste.
Put them back into the oven for 10-15 minutes. Personally, on my first batch I found fifteen minutes to be slightly too long and some of them went a little brown. I stuck with thirteen – I know it sounds a little too specific, but it seemed to work out pretty fine for me.
And here they are – crispy, tasty, and smelling delicious. Put them all in a bowl and, after leaving them to cool for a little, sprinkle with a little bit of lemon juice.
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Oh excuse me, I drooled a little there.
Serve with a little bowl of soy sauce on the side and there you go – so good, and so good for you too. Win win.
Hope my first food post makes you wanna cook these bad boys right up. Enjoy, and let me know if you make them, I’d love to see!