Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips

Posted on: February 29th, 2012 by admin 3 Comments

When you have a massive bunch of Kale, sometimes it’s hard to know what to do with it all.  I mean I know it’s healthy – really healthy, but there’s only so much I can steam and eat and enjoy.  In fact I don’t totally enjoy it steamed, but I eat it because I know it’s good for me.  When I read this easy recipe for Kale salt and vinegar chips, I knew it was the answer/recipe I’d been looking for.  Literally gone in 60 seconds after photos, these chips are a great, crispy salt’n'vinegary way to enjoy  Kale.

  • 1 bunch kale, about 6-8 big leaves
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp white vinegar (The original recipe called for balsamic, but we went off Foodess’ recommendation to use white vinegar and loved it)
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 180ºC (350ºF) and line or lightly oil two baking trays.

Wash and dry the kale and tear into bite-size pieces. Toss leaves with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a large bowl. Give the leaves a quick rub to make sure each gets a coating of oil- this will make sure they crisp up well.

Place the kale on the baking sheet in a single layer – no overlapping leaves. Sprinkle with salt to taste. Bake for 6 minutes, then stir and turn kale, and bake for another 6 minutes. Remove crisp pieces as they are done to prevent burning (if they get too brown they can taste kind of charred) and allow remaining kale chips to get even heat. (A single layer is important for crispy results, they tend to steam when they overlap).

Original recipe from Foodess

Song for this recipe:

“Walk on gilded splinters” – Dirty Dozen Brass Band Walk On Gilded Splinters - Medicated Magic

Last week my sister went to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  She said it was an amazing bonanza of bedazzled performers, drinking all day, necklace throwing and good music.  I want to go.  This song is a tribute to southern USA and their talent for making ‘greens’ more edible.  Fry them, add pork or smother them in butter.   The Dirty Dozen are an awesome band, apparently they revolutionized the New Orleans brass band style by incorporating funk and bebop into the traditional New Orleans style, and have been a major influence on the majority of New Orleans brass bands since.  I believe they have many albums, but Medicated Magic is my favourite – now someone throw me a necklace.

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3 Responses

  1. What a delicious, healthy alernative to potato chips. I agree with you: sometimes steamed kale can be a bit disappointing. But I love preparing kale as chips and snacking on them during a movie.

  2. Cucina49 says:

    I love kale–what a great idea to make a crunchy snack out of it!

  3. admin says:

    I’m glad you agree! I always felt bad for not loving kale, but it’s really wonderful this way. Thanks for stopping by :)

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