Sunday, August 28, 2011

I need a snack!

I was craving a salty snack, and as luck would have it my house has been purged of any kind of salty treat.  That's right -- you'll not find one potato chip, corn chip, salted peanut, or kernel of popcorn for me to eat.  So I decided to make some kale chips.  Paul and Kevin thought I was delusional when I went outside, plucked some kale leaves, and began my preparation.

Making kale chips is super easy, but you have to start with a big bunch to end up with just a few servings.  I used about 20 leaves, and divvied it up into three servings (honestly I could eat the whole batch by myself).  

First you need to preheat the oven to 275.  Then wash the leaves and remove the stems.  Cut leaves into smaller pieces (not too small -- about 2").

Drizzle a small amount of olive oil (maybe 1 tbsp) and give the kale a good toss.  Gently massage the leaves to make sure they get a even coating.  Sprinkle with sea salt and spread a single layer on baking sheet (I had to use two baking sheets).

Bake ten minutes, and carefully "fluff" the kale so it crisps nicely (and doesn't stick to the sheet).  Return to the oven for another ten minutes, and voila!  Okay, maybe it's not the prettiest snack but very tasty with some serious crunch!  Delicious!

Now what to do with all those beets in my garden?