We know that lots of dark green leafies are good for us. But eating enough of them was always a challenge for me. I like Swiss Chard in a lot of dishes, but I could never really enjoy Kale. Until I found a recipe for making Kale Chips.
As with most things, there are simple and complex recipes. This is a simple kale chip recipe. One bunch of Kale. It doesn’t matter if it’s a tad wilted, like mine was, since you’re going to dry the kale to a crisp anyway.
Trim out thick stems, wash the kale. Tear into pieces (I leave mine pretty large because they shrink a lot in drying.) Coat with kale chips with olive oil. On this, you do have to get in there with your hands to make sure all the curly leaves have a nice sheen of oil on them. I then sprinkle with some fine popcorn salt. Go easy, though, they have an assertive taste on their own and don’t need much salt.
Put the oil-coated kale leaves into the dehydrator. It’s a damp day today and mine took 3.5 hours to dry. The last time I did them, they were very crisp at 3 hours. I also had some parsley drying today, so that could have effected the time as well.
Take out your kale chips and munch away. I like them a lot and my 13 year old daughter thought they were “pretty good.” I have also mixed some kale chips in with freshly popped popcorn. Yum!
Footnote: A Facebook friend commented: “If you don’t have a dehydrator you can bake them in a 275 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. I like mine Spicy-cayenne pepper, red chili flakes, garlic powder and kosher salt – yum!”