About a year or so ago I made a batch of kale chips and it was a big #fail. I don’t know what made me try again, other than the fact that I had a big bag of kale that was going to go bad and I need to do something with it.
Enter kale chips, round 2.
I bought a bag of pre-washed, ready to eat kale and made chips with it.
The first batch never even made it off the cookie sheet.
My 7 year old daughter is a huge fan! Really, she LOVES these things.
Since our successful batch, we’ve been making these on weekends as snacks. I made a batch during the Super Bowl game and was so busy watching the game, and making other food that the kale chips never made it into a bowl – they were devoured right off the pan and I didn’t get even one!
Kale Chip Tips
Here are a few tips I learned that make the perfect batch of kale chips:
- remove the stems (this part is bitter). It takes a minute, but it’s worth the effort.
- use dry kale leaves. If you wash the kale, be sure they are completely dry. If there is moisture, it will steam while cooking and the chips won’t crisp
- don’t over saturate the kale leaves with oil. Too much and the kale chips won’t crisp
- I salt before they go into the oven
- cook until they are almost burned. This seems counter-intuitive, but it’s my litmus test to make sure they are crisp
- 1 bag chopped kale
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
- salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 350
- Wash and dry kale (or use pre-washed kale). It's critical the kale is completely dry
- Tear out the stem of each piece of kale (this is the large membrane, not the smaller veins)
- Put remaining kale "leaves" on a baking tray or cookie sheet
- Sprinkle kale with olive oil (making sure not to drench the leaves. They just need enough to glisten
- Spread kale out on pan, leaving room between kale pieces so heat can move around each piece
- Sprinkle with salt
- Put in oven and cook for 18 minutes
- Check kale. If some pieces are soft, cook for 2 minutes longer
- Place kale chips in a bowl or serving tray and serve immediately or place in sealed container for later