The kale I’ve seen in grocery stores over the summer has been limp, pathetic and unappealing. So last weekend when I saw some gorgeous kale at the Sundog Organic Farm at the City Market, I immediately grabbed two bundles. They were $4 per bundle, but seeing that the bundles were quite large they ended up being only slightly more expensive than kale sold at the grocery store and much more healthy looking.
I stuck some in a soup (this one, but without the beans). And the rest went towards my kale chips experiments.
I’ve seen kale chips on many blogs, and I was dying to try it out myself. I tried varying some of the measurements but I’ve found that keeping it simple is best. I made about four trays that night. And another two the next day. They’re horribly addicting! And once you master this version you can try variations like adding dried chili flakes, or making salt and vinegar chips.
2 tsp olive oil per baking tray
One bunch of kale leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
Wash your kale, rip or cut into potato chip sized pieces, and dry throughly. The more dry the leaves are, the better. (I spun them in a salad spinner, and then ended up leaving them to air dry for a while.)
Preheat your oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit/180 Celsius.
On a lined baking sheet, spread out a single layer of kale leaves. Drizzle approximately 2 tsp of olive oil over the leaves. This may not look like a lot, but any more than this and your end product may be too oily. To be honest, I don’t even measure anymore and just eyeball it.
Very lightly sprinkle the leaves with salt.
Pop the baking tray into the oven for approximately 10 minutes. The kale will turn a rich forest green colour during the baking process, but don’t take them out until they start to just turn brown around the edges! If you take them out too early the kale won’t be crispy.
Once the leaves start browning, remove from the oven and enjoy. You can add more salt at this point if you think you need it, but I find that less salt makes these taste better.
How do you know that they’re done? Try picking one up. If it’s crisp enough they will crumble in your hand if you’re not careful because they are very fragile and similar in texture to deep fried parsley.