I remember a time when kale was a simple garnish and not the social media darling it is today.
It just goes to show, there’s hope for everyone!
One time, back in the 80’s, way prior to beginning a vegan diet, I was enjoying a hamburger and fries with Pete at a local pub. I had a few bites of the burger under my belt and several french fries too. A large kale leaf clung decoratively to the side of the plate. I had no intention of eating the kale or even really looking at it, though I did. By accident. And there, sitting within the curly kale folds, I saw a large bright green bug.
After I got ahold of myself, I notified the staff, who apologized for the bug and took the cost of my dinner off the bill. Score!
(That’s how useless kale was back in the 80’s.)
(Or useFUL, depending how you look at it.)
Today, though, every cook needs a basic knowledge of kale-chip making. Aren’t we lucky to have found a pleasing and palatable way to include kale into our healthy diets along with its fiber, calcium, potassium, iron among other things? As for the chips, I worked out all the bugs (haha!) and here are the simple steps.
- 1 regular-sized bunch of kale
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Salt to taste
- Optional seasonings to taste: paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, cumin to taste, in any combination.
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Wash and thoroughly dry the kale. Remove leaves from stems, tearing the leaves into large pieces.
- By all means, pluck off the bugs!
- Place the leaves in a bowl, and coat with the olive oil. That's all. Don't go all crazy on the oil!
- Season with sea salt or Himalayan salt or whatever kind of hipster salt you're into, to taste.
- Optional: Add paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, cumin to taste, in any combination.
- Spread that beautiful kale out over TWO baking sheets. These princesses hate crowding! Two sheets, not one!
- Bake for 10 minutes. Turn the sheets and bake for 10 or 15 minutes more. Mine are perfect at 20 minutes total cooking time, but ovens do vary. (Ovens are fickle, no??)
That’s it! Crispy, elegant and ready for her close-up!