Kale Chips~ A Vancouver local favorite and healthy snack, kale chips are a delicious and fun way to eat your greens!
If their is one thing I can most certainly count on growing ginormous (is that even a word?) every year in my garden, it's Kale! The first year we moved to North Vancouver, a dear neighbor friend, Natalie help me start off my garden boxes. I was absolutely foreign to garden boxes and Northwest gardening as to what and when to plant. We had lived in California the last 10 years where I gardened minimally because it was so hot and dry and I was terrible at remembering to water. I mostly grew patio tomatoes, peppers and herbs. So, when spring arrived, I went crazy at the garden center! My big brother also sent me a package of all sorts of seeds to get my garden started. Their are some upsides to living in a rain forest climate with all the planting possibilities. I planted seeds, saplings and bulbs of all sorts from potatoes, onions and garlic to carrots, beets, radishes, lettuce and the ohh so magnificent giant Kale!
To much of my surprise, my kids absolutely adored this delicious rich green kale as much as Adam and myself! Perhaps their love for it grew as they planted their first baby saplings and watched them grow all summer long. Then late summer would come along and they would darn their garden boot's bowl in hand and strip some of the most gorgeous leaves off the stem so we could make kale chips or sauteed kale. DISCLAIMER...when sending you beloved Mother, or anyone else for that matter out in your garden to gather kale it is wise to make sure they are fully aware of the fine art of harvesting kale (stripping the leaves one at a time down the stalk so that more leaves can continue growing) Needless to say, the next day when I went out to the garden I found half of my glorious kale stocks had been beheaded. Yup! That's right. She took those kitchen sheers and completely cut down the entire stock. That's ok Mom, you know I love you and have forgiven such offensive. We also made some delicious kale chips out of all that kale! Give it a try and let me know what you think!
It's important to thoroughly wash your veggies, even if you've just pulled them out of your own garden. Little critters love Kale just as much as you and me! To strip the leaves, hold the stem and strip the leaf with your other hand.
Your kale should be super dry in order to have nice crispy chips! Recruiting helpers is always a good thing.
Spreading them evenly on a cookie sheet lined with parchment makes for a nice crispy chip.
Sea Salt and Garlic Kale Chips
1 good sized bunch of kale, washed and dried very well
2 tsp olive oil
a pinch or two of salt
a pinch of garlic powder
Additional flavorings - a pinch or two of the following
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
Wash your kale thoroughly. Strip the leaves off the stems discarding the tough stems. Dry your kale in a salad spinner making sure the leaves are very dry. The kids tend to enjoy this task. This ensures a crispy chip. If you don't have a salad spinner you can add your leaves to a large bowl and blow dry on low for a minute or two.
Rip the leaves into large pieces and toss them in a bowl with olive oil. Massage the oil into the leaves until they are thoroughly coated. Kids like this task as well.
Sprinkle sea salt and garlic powder over the kale. You can also get creative and add some of the other seasonings if you wish. Bake at 300 degrees for 10 minutes, then rotate the pan and bake for another 10-15 minutes. Keep a close eye on the chips so they do not burn.
Remove pan from oven and let the chips rest on pan another 5 minutes to crisp up even more.