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Monday
Jun212010

Kale Chip Combos

Everyone’s making Kale Chips. Kids and adults alike are digging into these simple, tasty, and good-for-you snacks. That’s fortunate for kale since it’s a green that’s a little tough (pun intended) to love. And this is coming from a woman who loves her greens.

Some of you may disagree with my assessment of kale. That’s only fair and I accept it. In fact I want to know more about why you love kale and what you do with it because given a choice I’ll pick chard, spinach, or escarole instead. Maybe you can change my mind.

Having said that I’m impressed with kale’s nutritional value and would like to eat more of it. It’s high in vitamins K & C and rich in calcium. And, it’s an impressive anti-inflammatory leading to the boast it helps fight rheumatoid arthritis. Kale has been said to possess anti-cancer properties and to be a powerful antioxidant. So, despite its “tough” guy appearance it’s clearly worth it to add kale to your diet.

We had Kale Chips for the first time this week and liked them. Alone they’re crispy treats. With goat cheese on rice crackers or blended with pecorino romano (made from sheep’s milk) and baked into crisps they’re divine. Again—simple, tasty, and good-for-you.

Please, please, please, don’t forget to tell me how you best like to use kale. If you have a recipe please feel free to leave a link!

Kale Chips

Kale, about 1/4 pound

Olive Oil

Salt

 

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Wash and thoroughly dry the kale. Break it into pieces about half the size of the palm of your hand. Take care to remove the fibrous stems.

Spread the kale pieces on the cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with a bit of coarse salt. Place in the oven for about 10 minutes or until crisp.

Remove, cool and eat as is or use in one of the recipes below. I was able to store mine in an airtight container for about a week.

Notes:

There seem to be quite a few recipes for dehydrated kale chips on the internet so if you prefer to make them that way take a look around. Here’s one that seemed pretty simple from “We Like It Raw”.

I have it on good authority you can also make “chips” from fresh spinach or chard. Haven’t tried it yet but plan to.

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Kale Chips with Goat Cheese Appetizer

Rice crackers

Creamy goat cheese

Kale Chips

Cracked pepper

 

Place a tiny dollop of goat cheese on the cracker. Gently press a small piece of crispy kale chip onto the cheese. Top with a half teaspoon of goat cheese and sprinkle with freshly cracked pepper.

Serve immediately.

Try other toppings like: fresh herbs, chopped kalamata olives, or minced red onion. Lots of options!

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Kale Cheese Crisps

Kale Chips

Pecorino Romano cheese, grated

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Place about 1/2 cup of grated cheese into a small bowl. Take 6-8 kale chips and grind between your fingertips to create fine kale chip flakes. Add them to the bowl with the cheese. Mix together.

Spoon the cheese/kale mixture onto the lined cookie sheet. You want little piles (about 1/4 inch high in the middle and 2 1/2 inches across) of the mixture placed about an inch apart.

Bake about 5-8 minutes until the edges turn golden brown and you notice the cheese has begun to melt and slightly bubble. Watch them carefully—they can go from perfect to burned pretty quickly.

Remove from the oven and let them cool thoroughly. Gently peel the crisps from the parchment.

These are best on top of a bowl of your favorite soup. Bet they’re great topped with a dollop of something creamy—maybe hummus. Pecorino Romano is a sharp cheese so these crisps will be a bit strong in flavor.

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Reader Comments (7)

We love kale chips at our house! I make them at least once a week. I play with the seasonings all the time...cayenne is a spicy fave. But, I've never taken them to THIS level. Thank you!

We do sprinkle crispy kale chips on popcorn and they are delicious on scrambled eggs. I also like to toss them into a spinach salad. OK...I'm going to write a blog post now. You've kicked off the KALE KRAZE!

Jun 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

Oh my goodness, these look delish! I've never thought of serving them like this. What a great idea. It would be a great way to introduce people to kale chips. Thanks for sharing!

Jun 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

I've never thought of serving them like this. Fantastic!
thanks

Jul 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpizza

I have to try this! I wanna be in the Kale Chips club too. I'll buy some kale this weekend. :)

Jul 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterYum Yucky

Josie - I think the Kale Chips Club gives you a secret decoder ring when you join. So, hurry up and get chipping! :-D

Jul 13, 2010 | Registered CommenterNancy Kohler

Thanks for posting these! I love Kale, but I've never thought of making my own chips:p
I'm definitely going to try these... after I make your brownies...

Jul 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBernice

I have just picked some from the garden to try this! Do you think it needs a wash, it was just washed by the rain anyway! ;)

Jun 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBev

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