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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Crispy Kale...Perfect as a Snack or Garnish

Crispy Kale...Perfect as a Snack or Garnish. Have you ever had crispy kale? Well, a while back, I saw Jacques Pepin making some crispy kale. Yes, that's right, crispy, crunchy kale. Who would have thought...The idea was so amazing to me, that I immediately wanted to try it. It was supposed to sort of "mimic" potato chips. Ok, I have to admit that I LOVE chips...but I also know that they aren't exactly the healthiest. Tasty or not, I was willing to try the kale "chips". If it would have the crunchiness/saltiness of a potato chip, I was up for it. I was amazed that you could eat kale and actually like it! What a great little snack. A great alternative to chips. Of course, I don't think you can actually eat a whole bag of these kale chips:)....
This is a great recipe for kids if you want them to eat their veggies. They won't even realize they are eating something that's actually good for them! The kale is so crispy that it practically melts in your mouth...well, almost. I decided to sprinkle some onion powder over the kale chips to bring additional flavor. We really enjoyed them that way. Feel free to experiment with different seasonings and spices.... When I first made these, I added a couple of pinches(or maybe more) of kosher salt. The kale ended up being a bit too salty. The kale as it bakes and crisps up will lose most of its volume and shrink quite a bit. So, add the salt sparingly! You may initially see a WHOLE bunch of raw kale and think to add more salt, but a little salt goes a long way. Plus, if you feel the crispy kale needs more salt, you can always add it at the end. The New York Times also has a recipe for crispy kale that can be found here. It is quite similar, except that the kale gets baked at a much higher temperature. There are other recipes out there, but I decided to try Jacques Pepin's recipe. Not only because I like his recipes, but because he mentions in his show that the higher temperature would turn the kale darker in color. I did not want that....not to mention the fact that I did not want to run the chance of burning my kale. I haven't tried baking the kale at the higher temperature, but I was very pleased with Jacques Pepin's version. The kale retained most of its green color and they really did taste like chips:)! Eat it as a snack... or use it as a garnish for soups, creamy dishes, fish etc. I hope you will try it...at least once...and let me know what you think.

1 bunch kale
1 TBS olive oil
pinch of kosher salt, or to taste
couple of pinches onion powder*
Chile flakes, to taste
* or you can use chili powder,garlic powder, chipotle or even a mixture

Preheat oven to 250 degs.
Wash kale greens and remove the stems.
Blot very dry using a kitchen towel or paper towel. Break up kale in somewhat smaller pieces.
Add about 1 TBS of oil(you really don't need more). Add a pinch of kosher salt, chile flakes and toss to coat.
Arrange a baking rack on top of a cookie sheet. Spread the kale in an even layer on the baking rack. Try not to overlap the pieces.
Bake at 250 degrees for about 25 minutes. Toss about halfway through....(I really didn't do this). If the kale is still limp, leave it in the oven a bit more until it crisps up. The kale will darken a bit in color and shrink dramatically. Sprinkle more salt if needed. Sprinkle with onion powder, chile flakes or any other seasoning you prefer.

The result is a crispy and crunchy snack that's good for you(minus the salt:)).


Sailaja Damodaran said...

very interesting....never tasted this before.

Sailaja Damodaran said...

http://www.sailajakitchen.com/2010/02/crispy-kale.html Check this out.Tasty good but i made it a bit brown,so it was slightly bitter.Urs looks great.

Ellie said...

I noticed that the kale can be bitter if it is bit older. The leaves should be a bit smaller and the stem not as thick. Basically, you want younger kale leaves...therefore more tender and not as bitter. There are diffrent types of kale, some are more bitter than others.~Ellie

foodiechickie said...

OMG just found your site through a friend's. My grandmother grew up in Romania although were Armenian ethnically and she passed so many lovely Romanian dishes down to my mom who makes them for us now.

Thanks for posting this recipe.

Public Relation Working Group of AEGEE Europe said...

Genial !! Arata tare bun. Cat pot de repede, fac si eu reteta.
Noroc cu unemploymentul asta ca mai am si eu timp sa gatesc si sa experimentez.

Am vazut la Trader Joe's aici niste chipsuri din alte de mare, au un gust interesant ... si vorba ta, inafara de sare, chiar sunt sanatoase !!

O sa-ti spun cum a iesit,


Los Angeles, CA

Ellie said...

Violeta, Sper sa iti placa si tie...stiu ca legatura de Kale trebuie sa fie mai tanara...ca sa nu aibe un gust amarui. In orice caz, daca ai timp, poate poti sa o incerci... si sa vezi daca iti place:).~Ellie

Violeta said...

Azi de dimineata am dat fuga la Whole Foods sa cumpar kale. Intotdeauna cand fac grocery shopping ma uit la toate verdeturile si buruienile si mi-as dori ca peste noapte sa stiu sa le gatesc pe toate. Habar nu am ce sunt kale-le, dar astazi am facut chipsuri.

Nu le-am pus decat ff putin ulei de masline si fff putina sare. Incerc sa limitez pe cat pot consumul de sare.

Mi-au placut de nu pot sa-ti explic !!!

Mersiii frumos,

Los Angeles, CA

Ellie said...

Violeta, Ce bine ca ai incercat "kale chips"...ma bucur ca a meritat sa fie facut:) Multumesc ca ai luat din timp sa imi scri ... si sa imi spui rezultatul:)

Da, kale-ul este ceva mai neobijnuit pentru "chips"...se prepara mai mult calit, sau si in salata crud. Interesant este ca kale chips se poate manca mai "usor" decat chipsuri regulari...si nu te simti vinovata:)
Si asa cum ai zis, poti sa pui mai putina sare si ulei.

Sa ai o zi placuta! Ellie

Imi pare bine ca ti-a placut si tie:)