Friday, October 1, 2010

On The Cutting Edge with Kale Chips

I've never been on the cutting edge.  Stiffly starched crinolines were passe by the time I was old enough to wear one (or more).  The sophisticated art (or so it seemed to me) of smoking cigarettes while showing off deep red fingernails was found to be unhealthy before I was old enough to take up the habit.  When the Beatles came to my home town, mother thought them too unkempt to warrant our money going toward any possible fame they might achieve.  The list is long and much too painful to think about.

No more!  I've seen kale chips on a number of blogs and was intrigued.  I was searching out brussels sprouts this morning at the grocery store and noted that the kale looked very healthy.

The recipe says to wash the kale thoroughly and dry in a salad spinner.  Since I don't have a salad spinner, I wrapped it in a dish towel and slung it around the kitchen.  Oliver dog was a little surprised as it seemed to be sprinkling rain but he soon got into the spirit of the spin and started leaping around in the droplets.

After drying, arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment.

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Sprinkle with olive oil and sea salt.

Roast for 10 to 15 minutes (mine seemed ready at 12 minutes but I think I could have left it in a few minutes more) until the edges start to brown.

Cool and enjoy.

We had it for lunch along with lox, bagel and cream cheese.  It's very good and, I think,  healthier than other crunchy sides.

ENJOY and have a wonderful fall weekend!!


  1. Goodness, how easy! I have never heard of such a thing, it is wild!! So you are very cutting edge now.

  2. I love kale. These look so tasty.

  3. this one i might have to try, just to see if it is crunchy. thanks for the afternoon LOL about oliver in the droplets. I needed a laugh,you gave it to me.

  4. Those sound like they are worth a try. I love the idea of the towel. The Barefoot Contessa uses one to dry her greens.

  5. Well, Bonnie, you ARE on the cutting edge. YOU might have seen this on some other blogs, but I definitely have NOT. And I am, without question, a salty, crunchy gal. I could go forever without sweets, but I just gotta have potato chips, tortilla chips, cheetos, or some crunchy item with a sandwich. I cannot imagine that kale chips will in any way satisfy the yearning for the highly fattening and highly addictive potato chip, but I AM willing to try these. In fact, they actually might be fun to put ON a sandwich...give it a bit of crunch.

    Anyhow, thanks for sharing. Have a lovely weekend.


  6. I smiled at the first part of your post. "me too."

    But kale chips? I can't imagine....they get crunchy? Will have to try them.

    I have a salad spinner but rather than get it out I usualy opt for a tea or dish towel. I try to wash the lettuce ahead and spread it out on the towels and cover with another, roll it up (therefore a gentle squeeze) and let it sit for a few hours.

  7. OO yum, Love kale! If you want to make a real yummy soup that has kale in it, go to the Whole Foods website and then to the recipe section. They have an Italian wedding soup with kale, that is now a family favorite.
    The kale chips sound like a great little appetizer as well.

  8. I need to eat more kale, and this seems like a crispy and crunchy way to do that! Thanks for sharing a healthy alternative to potato or tortilla chips. I wonder if these would be good dipped in salsa? Thanks for sharing!

  9. A baking sheet full of these can disappear very quickly, I've found. :) That kale looks so good!

  10. Think I told you that I grew up eating Kale greens.. Mama cooked them just like you would cook turnip greens ---with bacon grease, etc... I loved them--but never have eaten Kale since....

    Have a great weekend.

  11. I'm still oh so very behind in teh kale chip department. These look awesome though!

  12. Looks healthy! I'm always anxious to see what your next recipe is. Obviously you love to cook. I have to be in the mood. You must have some serious energy to create all these dishes!

  13. This is a keeper recipe! I have had fried spinach and adore it, but only eat eat once or twice a year because it is fried!
    These kale chips sound as though they are on the same page, but a lot more healthy.
    I posting this on the StoneGable menu for the week of Oct 11th! Look for a link back to this post.
    I can't wait to try this yummy side.

    And thank you so much for the lovely comment on my mirror post. I thought you said it so beautifully and was so touched by the "mirror memories"!

  14. Is it really crunchy? I've got to try it...
    xo bj

  15. I love Kale, but haven't tried the chips. Before I got a salad spinner I'd put greens in a clean pillowcase and sling it around (outside!) and it did a great job of getting the water off of them. The salad spinners work great, too :)

  16. My sister makes these, I've yet to try them but am intrigued. I love your introduction to this post. Do you feel the need to smoke while showing off red fingernails? Aren't you glad it was considered unhealthy by the time you were old enough? LOL.

  17. Kale chips huh? Yours look great but... I am still afraid. Did you like them?

    Thanks for sharing.

  18. Wow! These sound great! And easy to fix too. :)
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

  19. I am shy to admit that I only ate kale once. The way you cooked this kale looks very appetizing, so I’ll try it as soon as I can get some at the market.

  20. I LOVE kale. Nanny, at The Good Life, posted about the Kale chips a a couple of weeks ago. The only reason I didn't race to try them is that I am calorie counting... and, I'm pretty sure that they would be like Lay's potato chips... I couldn't eat just one. I'm fascinated by the idea that they become crunchy! I'm going to have to still hold out for awhile... but these are on my back burner to try one day. =)

  21. Well, goodness gracious! This is a pretty post and I'll take your most honest word this was a tasty morsel that you put into your tiny little mouth. I don't think I'd like them! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  22. My youngest son, Oliver, made these for me last year -- he learned about them through the Edible Garden program at his school. It was, seriously, a miracle that he actually liked something green.

  23. Bonnie...starched crinolines are nothing to stuck wearing one for a wedding party...complained about it throughout the day!

    Hope you got your frustrations out by slinging every drop of water out of that kale ;o)

    I've made this recipe also as a sweet savoury by adding a drizzle of maple syrup ;o)...made excellent tasting chips.

    Ciao for now,

    P.S. not feeling as dog-tired today. LOL

  24. You are now officially cutting edge! Kale indeed. The most "in" veggie! So good for us too.
    I love the simple way you've presented it. Never would have thought to roast it to get it crunchy. Clever girl!

  25. I have heard of kale chips but this is the first I have seen them.....sounds like it would be a great item for my salad bar!! thanks so much for the inspiration!

  26. I made these recently....I liked them so much at first bite that I think I overdid it....ha
    I wish I had taken it a bit slower!
    They were crunchy and full of flavor.......

  27. oh darn you! you gave me a solid craving for this and I dont have any kale

  28. Really? Seriously? I've never heard of kale chips. Where have I been? I will have to try these!

    I also would have loved to see you spinning around with a dishtowel full of kale-and Oliver chasing the droplets!!!!

  29. Bonnie, thanks so much for the sweet comments. Just got the word that surgery is next Tuesday, the 12th. I'm ready to get it done! :)
    xoxo Pattie

  30. I can just imagine you slinging that kale around your kitchen! Too funny! I remember seeing kale chips one a blog once and thinking it was a great idea but I had forgotten about them. Thanks for the reminder because I do need to try these!

  31. I totally feel like I'm not with the times because I too have been lots of kale chips on the net and have yet to try them. Yours look marvelous. I think it's a sign for me to get to it.

  32. I made Kale Chips not long ago. I love them. Will definitely be making them again.



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