Bueno, my husband, loves potato chips – the crispy kettle ones are his favorite. So I was a little surprised when he told me he was going to make kale chips. I was skeptical that he would find them satisfying, but I didn’t want to dampen his enthusiasm for finding a healthier substitute for a beloved crunchy potato chip. 

He made them last Sunday afternoon while watching a football game in the kitchen. He seemed to be enjoying the crunchy, lightly salted snack.  I remained unconvinced, but saw there might not be much of the kale chips left for me if I didn’t try them soon. They were outstanding! It was hard to believe that these baked greens lightly tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper could deliver the same satisfaction of crunchy and salty that potato chips do.  But they did!

If you remain skeptical, as I was, go ahead and try it!  You might like it!


Bueno's Making Kale Chips
Recipe type: snack
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Serves: 2
 
Bueno, my husband, loves potato chips - the crispy kettle ones are his favorite. So I was a little surprised when he told me he was going to make kale chips. I was skeptical that he would find them satisfying, but I didn’t want to dampen his enthusiasm for finding a healthier substitute for a beloved crunchy potato chip.
Ingredients
  • One bunch of fresh kale
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Olive oil {1 - 2 teaspoons}
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Wash kale. Remove the tough inner stems from kale, if they are large. The inner stems of our kale were not too large, so he left them on.
  3. Dry the washed kale well on paper towels.
  4. In a bowl toss the kale with olive oil to lightly coat - start with the smaller amount and add more gradually, only if necessary.
  5. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt and black pepper.
  6. Place seasoned kale on a parchment lined baking sheet (spread kale out evenly).
  7. Bake for 12-14 minutes until crisp. Half way through the baking, give the pan a little shake to help in baking leaves that might be stuck to each other. Rotating the pan at this time can help to evenly bake the chips. Watch closely as the kale chips can burn easily.
Notes
Use a light hand with the olive oil. I have made them before and added too much olive oil resulting in a heavy, oily chip.

 

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