Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Flavored Kale Chips

 photo B9419A69-308C-47A2-8B46-A837B0972F32-3599-0000062C17FF64A6_zps642c81ee.jpgI've usually made kale chips very simply using a little olive oil and sea salt, but then I came across this article for flavored chips and had to try. 

I baked one batch with French onion soup mix and an other with grated Parmesan and sesame seeds.  Now I'm hooked and plan to try others.

They won't last long, but extras can be stored in an air tight container.  These are great for dieting, with 2 cups have only 110 calories and no carbs.  

Enjoy as a snack, or serve like potato chips with a sandwich, burger or hot dog.  They're about half the cost of potato chips or other bagged snack chips.

I'm making them for game days with March Madness basketball coming up.

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Flavored Kale Chips
  • 1 head kale, washed and dried
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Seasoning flavors of choice.
  • Flavor Variations: 

    http://www.refinery29.com/kale-chips

    Soy & Sesame: 2 tbsp soy sauce + 1-1/2 tbsp. sesame seeds
    Salt & Vinegar: 1 quarter cup sherry vinegar + 2 tsp. fine salt
    Lime & Chili: Juice of 1 lime + 1 tsp. lime zest + 2 tsp. chili powder
    Roasted Garlic: 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped + 3 tsp. garlic salt

  • Creamy Dill: 1 tbsp. sour cream mixed with base olive oil + 3 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
    Cheese: 2 tbsp. Parmesan or Asiago cheese. Half mixed in the bag, half sprinkled on before baking. 
    French Onion: 1 packet (or two tbsp.) french onion dip or soup mix, combined with olive oil. 
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Wash and dry kale completely.  I use paper towels. Remove ribs from kale and cut or tear leaves into bite size pieces, about 1-1/2-inch in size. Put oil and seasoning in a large plastic bag or bowl and mix thoroughly to coat all pieces. 
Lay pieces on 2 baking sheets and bake until crisp, about 20-30 minutes, turning leaves halfway through. Check pieces at 20 minutes and remove all crispy ones, returning any still soft to the oven to finish.  I used a convection oven and most were done at 20 minutes. Makes 4 to 6 cups or more. Serves 4-6.
Estimated cost of kale: $3.00 or less.