Quite frankly, I could have titled this post “how to eat an entire bunch of kale in under 5 minutes”. Because that’s pretty much what happened.
The kale chips are brought to you by a sale on greens converging with the arrival of a fantastic cookbook in my mailbox – ”
The Cleaner Plate Club’s tag line is “raising healthy eaters one meal at a time”.
Let me digress a moment and say that I am a skeptic when it comes to kid-focused healthy cookbooks, as I am very firmly against hiding spinach in brownies, which is sadly the going trend. Kids are smart, they will catch you. Deceiving children in this way only confirms to them their belief that vegetables are horrible things to be avoided, and does nothing to establish a healthy relationship with food. It is a band-aid solution at best. And why would you violate a perfectly innocent brownie like that?!
P.S. I was not paid, just my thoughts, promise.
A note from the author of the recipe: If the chips start to brown, they can taste burned. If you find the chips are browning before the kale is crispy, reduce the oven temperature.
I’m giving you the recipe as written in the book, with my notes added in parentheses.
- 1 bunch kale, 6 to 8 stems or 12 ounces
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp balsamic vinegar (*I used regular white vinegar because I was going for a salt & vinegar chips flavour from my childhood thing – it was subtle, but nice!)
- kosher salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Wash the kale, dry thoroughly in a salad spinner, and tear into bite-size pieces. Toss in a large bowl with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar, if desired. Rub the leaves to make sure each gets a coating of oil so they crisp up well. Oil a baking sheet. (*I forgot this step, and there was plenty of oil to prevent sticking without it).
- Place the kale in a single layer on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt to taste. Bake for 6 minutes, then stir and turn kale, and bake for 6-9 minutes longer. Remove crisp pieces as they are done to prevent burning and allow remaining kale chips to get even heat. (*in order to do a single layer, I needed two baking sheets. A single layer is important for crispy results, rather than steaming them. By using 2 sheets I avoided the need to remove crisp pieces as they were done, and the kale was crisp after about 9 minutes total).