I made my first recipe using Kale the other day. I liked the kale so I decided it was time to try another Kale recipe. Time to give “Kale Chips” a try. I do miss the crunch from crackers and other chips so I decided I was going to LOVE kale chips even though I had never tried them. Off to Whole Foods.

Since I had already decided that I was going to LOVE kale chips I didn’t just buy one bunch of kale, I bought 4 bunches of kale. I wanted to make sure I would have enough chips to satisfy my crunch. Of course, I couldn’t just buy one type of kale, I had to mix and match. Probably not the best idea for a trial run, but whatever. – (my daughter just came downstairs and told me the kale smell was making her sick, nice.)

Here is a picture of one (of six) tray of kale ready to go into the oven. You may be able to see that there is curly kale mixed with flat kale. The “flat” kale is Lacinato Kale, also known as Tuscan Kale, Cavalo Nero (black cabbage) or Dinosaur Kale.

I had read that the Lacinato Kale was slightly sweeter with a more “delicate” flavor than the “lively” bitter, peppery flavor of the Curly Kale. I decided to try both since I really didn’t know what I would like.

Turns out my husband and I really liked the texture of the Curly Kale. The Lacinato Kale kind of disappeared as soon as you put it in your mouth. The Curly Kale had a much better mouth feel. It gave the sensation of actually having something substantial in your mouth, if only for a second. I did not find either variety of kale to be overly bitter. It kind of tasted like spinach to me. My daughter also thought it tasted like spinach.

The other great thing about the Curly Kale is prep time. The Curly Kale comes off the stem easily and quickly. You just grab the bottom of the stem, close your hand and then slide your hand up to pull the leaves from the stem. Any stem that comes off with the leaves is tender enough to cook with the leaves. The Lacinato Kale took a little longer to de-stem. Not a big deal but de-stemming the Curly Kale was more fun.

Here is a giant pasta serving bowl full of Kale Chips.

To make the chips, I de-stemmed the kale, and ripped the leaves into bite size pieces. I then mixed the kale pieces with olive oil, sea salt, a little garlic powder and some pepper. I placed the kale pieces on cookie sheets, making sure nothing over lapped and then put the cookie sheets in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 to 12 minutes. I played around with the temperature and 350 seemed to work well. The cook time was pretty fast. I did add some vinegar to a couple of batches (salt & vinegar, yum) and those needed to cook a bit longer.

Here are some interesting Kale facts:

  • Kale is considered a Super Food
  • One Cup of Kale contains 36 Calories
  • One Cup of Kale has 1327.6% DV of Vitamin K
  • One Cup of Kale has 192.4% DV of Vitamin A
  • One Cup of Kale has 88.8% DV of Vitamin C
  • One Cup of Kale is also a “very good” source of Manganese, Dietary Fiber, Copper, Tryptophan, Calcium, B6 and Potassium
  • One Cup of Kale is a “good” source of Iron, Magnesium, Vitamin E, B2 Riboflavin, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Protein, B1 Thiamin, Folate, Phosphorus, B3 Niacin
  • Kale is available year round but best during the winter months

Please share your favorite kale recipe in the comments section. Any ideas I can get for cooking kale would be very helpful.

Happy New Year, Eat Well, Have Fun!

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5 Responses to Crunchy Kale

  1. amy d says:

    These are REALLY GOOD – my SIL gave us some this summer, and wow! Nice way to get the greens in, too! 🙂

  2. amy says:

    I really liked them. I don’t think the rest of my family was too thrilled. They did try them. I think my husband will eat them if I put them in front of him. My son tried to pick the little pieces of kale off of his tongue immediately after putting a very tiny piece in his mouth. My daughter tried them without any comment but then later kept making comments about the smell. Oh well. I’ll keep trying.

  3. Shannon says:

    I wonder if I can be brave and try these…I am not normally a Kale eater but you make it sound good! I might give it shot this weekend….:)

  4. Shannon says:

    PS just saw what your daughter said! Too funny! My kids would just leave the house, gagging and choking the whole time. You wait. Now I need to try this just to see their reactions!

  5. amy says:

    My husband said they were “good” – quotes because I think he was trying to be nice. He also said they tasted like dry leaves. I really didn’t think they were bad. Oh well, more for me. If you do try it use the curly kale.

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