We grew kale this year for the first time. We didn’t know how much to plant and went a bit too far, I’m afraid. We ended up with a lot of excess kale. We also found out that we don’t really like kale that much! In an attempt to make it palatable, I started experimenting with kale chips. After a bit of trial and error I landed on the recipe below. They taste great and are a reasonable substitute for potato chips or pretzels.
Kale is easy to grow, you pretty much put seeds in the ground, water, and let it go.
If you are tired of spending $4.29 for 2 ounces of kale chips (the actual price at our local Shoprite!), save some room in next year’s garden for kale and give these a try.
Easy Kale Chips
Large bunch of kale (I fill a plastic grocery bag)
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt, to taste
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Wash kale, remove stems and put in a large bowl. Add cider vinegar and olive oil and massage both into the kale. Wait 15 minutes.
Spread the kale out on cookie sheets. You want it to be more or less in a single layer. I use three cookie sheets for one grocery bag full of kale, to give you some idea. Salt your wet kale to taste.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, turning with a spatula at least every 10 or so minutes. Adjust the baking time to your preference, based on if you like the chips crunchier or a little wetter.