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Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar Kale Chips

by laine on July 20, 2011

My good friend Mrs. King shared this recipe for oven baked kale chips with her daughter and myself and I was blown away by how tasty they were. What a great way to eat more kale! Full of vitamin this and vitamin that, it’s very good for you. Nevermind, it is some serious roughage.

I immediately starting dreaming up all the chip flavours I could make like sesame oil and rice vinegar or cayenne and lime. You could flavor them any way you want really. Be sure not to use too much liquid ingredients though, like vinegar or lemon juice because the soggy leaves won’t toast up as well. You don’t want the kale pieces to be sitting in a lot of liquid on the cookie sheet. The recipe she gave us only used 1 tsp. of oil and 1 tsp. of seasoning salt.  Which didn’t seem like enough oil for that big bunch of kale, but it was. I still use a full tablespoon though because I’ll always find a way to squeeze in more delicious fat. These chips turn out crispy, salty and satisfying. They make a great late night snack and you don’t end up with Chip Belly (that’s not a big fat belly, but a queasy belly stuffed full of potato chips).

For a big head of kale it takes 2 cookie sheets. I try and separate my bigger pieces from my littler chips because sometimes I put some of the big guys back in the oven for a few extra minutes for more crunchy bits. Oh, and you have to eat them fresh out of the oven because as they cool down some of the chips may lose their crunch.

  • 1 bunch of kale, washed and dried
  • 1 tbls. olive oil
  • 2 tbls. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. coarse sea salt

Preheat oven to 350º. Tear kale up into potato chip sized pieces, leaving out some of the tough stock near the bottom of the leaf. Toss very well in the oil, vinegar and salt. Spread out onto 2 baking sheets or one large sheet. Don’t crowd the pieces too much or they won’t get crispy. Bake for 12 minutes. Some larger pieces might take 1 or 2 minutes longer. Serve immediately.

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laine August 8, 2011 at 1:21 am

I’m pretty sure littler is not a word, but this is an informal blog.


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