How to make kale chips (for beginners)


 

In this step by step kale chip recipe. I’ll show you how to make kale chips successfully, so they’re delicious and enjoyed by everyone. This recipe is great to cook in the oven while. you’re cooking another meal. I love these as a snack on their own, or added to a baked dish like a risotto or casserole, as a crunchy and green element. Texture baby!

 

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I’ve always been a savoury snack lover. Potato chips, cheese and crackers, roasted chickpeas – my all-time favourite is and always will be popcorn.

It’s the satisfying crunch and salty flavour that’s always had me choosing chips over sweets. When I came across this idea of throwing your leafy greens in the oven to crisp them up my brain exploded. If you haven’t tried this nutrient dense powerhouse green yet, this is a great way to get acquainted.

Kale chips are crunchy, the earthy flavour of Kale tastes even better when cooked in the oven. Snack on this instead of a pack of Smiths during your next happy hour.

If you’re still unsure what this Kale stuff is check out my previous post.

What you need to know about cooking kale chips

Cheaper than chips

Depending on where you shop, you can pick up a bunch of kale between $2 – $4.One bunch of kale makes approx. 5 very large bowls of kale chips.One packet of chippies these days is approx. $3 and yields one bowl, a heap of fat and ridiculous amount of sodium.

 

Remove the stem

The stem is extremely thick and fairly indigestible. You’re best to rip the leaves off (or cut off with scissors) and discard stem.

 

Kale must be dry

If it’s wet it will steam the kale and won’t get you that perfect crunch. If you’re rinsing your kale before roasting, you must dry your kale completely.

 

Flavour bomb

The flavour combos are endless here’s some to try:

  • Himalayan rock salt

  • Paprika and lemon zest

  • Rosemary and garlic

 

Oil

For extra flavour use Coconut Oil. It will also withstand the high heat.Remember that olive oil goes rancid in high temps, so steer clear.

 

Lay flat

Don’t overcrowd your tray with kale. Spread the leaves out evenly and try to avoid overlapping.

 

High heat!

Kale chips are now a weekly repertoire in the Lunch Lady Lou kitchen. And I’ve tried all temperatures to get them to that perfect crunch. I recommend 220 degrees.

UPDATE: I’ve experimented with low and slow heat, medium (180 C) and high (220 C).

I do think a high heat can be better, but I love to mutli-task with my oven. So lately I’ve been cooking at 180 C while making something else in there. The chips turn out fine, it just takes a little longer.

 

Supervision required

They take 10 minutes in the oven. And just when you think they’re not cooking at all… BAM… they’re done, closely followed by burnt. Keep an eye on them.They need to be green and shouldn’t lose their colour too much once cooked. If they turn brown they will taste sour.

 

Eat immediately

Don’t try and make in a large batch for the week. Let’s just say that oil, roasted leafy greens and airtight containers don’t work on this occasion.They’re so quick to make this is unnecessary anyway. And once you taste, you won’t want to share with anyone let alone savour for another day.

 

You’re eating a green chip!

Tick that off the bucket list.

 

How to Make Kale Chips

Lunch Lady Lou
In this step by step kale chip recipe. I'll show you how to make kale chips successfully, so they're delicious and enjoyed by everyone. This recipe is great to cook in the oven while. you're cooking another meal. I love these as a snack on their own, or added to a baked dish like a risotto or casserole, as a crunchy and green element. Texture baby!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Sides, Snack
Cuisine Vegetarian

Ingredients
 

  • Kale enough to fill your baking tray
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Himalayan rock salt
  • Baking tray
  • Baking paper
  • Mixing bowl

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven 180 degrees C
  • Remove stalks from kale leaves and discard
  • Rip leaves into chip sized bits and add to bowl
  • Melt coconut oil (if necessary and add to bowl)
  • Rub oil into kale
  • Line baking tray with paper
  • Lay kale on baking tray in single layer – don’t overlap too much
  • Lightly salt
  • Place in oven and cook for 10 minutesThis time may change depending if your oven runs hot - keep an eye from 8 minutes
Tried this recipe?Let me know how it was!

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