A healthy snack: Kale chips

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Jessica Stam, a high fashion model, tweeted a recipe for kale chips not too long ago ... I love kale and I'm constantly munching on things, so I thought it'd try her recipe out. While they were pretty tasty, I think the end result was more work than it was really worth (especially how few chips this recipe actually yielded), so I probably won't be making them again. But it does seem to be a healthy recipe, with very common ingredients, so if you're ever in the mood and have some time to spare ... it tastes similar to dried seaweed sheets, but a little more flavorful and dimensional.

Kale Chips recipe (taken verbatim from Modelinia.com)

1/4 - 1/3 cup of good extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic cloves (3 cloves)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
5-6 ounce bag of fresh kale (pre-washed and cut)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Warm the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, add the garlic, and cook for just 1 minute, but don’t allow the garlic to turn brown. Remove from heat then add the salt and pepper to the saucepan mixture and stir.

Pour mixture over fresh chopped kale in a large bowl and toss until leaves are entirely covered. Add extra olive oil if need be, but don’t overdo it.

Spread out the kale on a large baking sheet. Bake until a little crispy on the edges but still tender, about 20 minutes. Be sure to place the kale in one layer on the cookie sheet. Overcrowding will steam the kale rather than crisp it.

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