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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

FOOD- Kale Chips


Kale Chips


Our town is featuring kale as our summer vegetable. They are giving away seed packets to encourage everyone to grow and eat this super food!

I have used kale in my green smoothies, and I don't even notice it. I tried a kale chip when a friend from church made them. It was an interesting taste and texture. Initially shocking and almost offensive to the senses, it almost immediately grows on you. I wanted to try a few of the recipes I saw to see which is my favorite for next time.  I tried  some with sesame oil, and some with olive oil, different cheeses, and sea salt. 

First, I washed the kale and dried it. I preheated the oven to 350.



Then, I ripped small pieces of leaves off the stems. I drizzled sesame oil on the leaves and rubbed each one to make sure it covered the whole thing. I put them on a cookie sheet covered in tin foil. I didn't have sesame seeds, so i just ground a tiny bit of sea salt over them and put them in the oven.

I turned the sheet once and switched racks like it said in the directions.  After almost 20 minutes I took them out and they were very crispy. At first they didn't have much taste, so I added more salt.


I rubbed the next batch with olive oil, and sprinkled a little sea salt over the whole pan. I used a new piece of tin foil because I didn't want to mix the sesame flavor with the new kind. I probably won't use tin foil at all next time.

I put parmesan cheese on one side, and shredded cheddar cheese on the other (it said to use white cheddar but I didn't have any). The middle of the pan I left plain kale with the oil and sea salt. The cheese probably should have been finely shredded and put only directly on each leaf. When it baked to the pan, trying to take them off caused the brittle chips to break.


This batch turned out delicious! 


It is such a strong and rich flavor! After your pallet gets used to the foreign flavor, it is very pleasing! The aftertaste stays in your mouth for a long time and it satisfies the urge to "snack". 


My brother tried one, and likened it to an autumn leaf. The texture is very different than we're used to, but he kept popping them in. They have a strange, addicting quality! I suppose it's better to be addicted to kale chips instead of deep fried potato chips!  

I'm very glad I tried these and I'm sure I will make them more often now that I know how easy and delicious they are! 

My daughter was eager to try one, but she couldn't get past the initial crunch and spit it out. After my sister and brother-in-law stopped by, she decided that since they liked them, she'd give them another try. She said, "I don't like them", while popping another little piece in her mouth. There is just something about them!

They only lasted a couple of hours in my house! We will have to make this a regular snack!





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