I know, I know! Everybody and their brother are making these right now…..but I was talking to a friend about them who happened to NOT have actually seen them before …. so this is for HER!
These things are great. So easy, so tasty and SUCH a great way to hide kale!
Here is what you will need:
- olive oil
- nutritional yeast
Start with your kale, however much you want to make. Start with one bunch to try, in case for some crazy reason you don’t like them.
Wash the kale really well and dry it even better.
Cut, rip, tear however you like, reasonably large bits of kale from the thick stem. They shrink a lot so what might seem too big probably isn’t. And if they are too small they might shrivel up.
So with your torn kale all set, drizzle with a good shot of olive or other quality oil. Toss very well to make sure the leaves are well coated.
Then sprinkle with nutritional yeast. And mix well again.
You don’t HAVE to use the yeast, but not only does it add extra nutrients, but it gives the kale a wonderful almost “cheesey” additional taste to them that is quite delightful.
Spread them evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment and then sprinkle with sea salt. But don’t go crazy with the salt, just enough to make them “chip like”.
Put them in a 300 degree oven. Keep a close eye on them. There are so many variables as to how long they will take. Basically you want them to be dried “chip like” things but to catch them before they blacken in any way. If you go too far, it makes them bitter.
So watch carefully! But let’s say it is a 10 – 20 minute operation.
Unless of course you are making them in a dehydrator which in that case, follow manufacturer’s instructions.
Then enjoy as a wonderful snack. Or, as we did the other day, used them as a sort of “crouton” on top of a salad!
And feel free to jazz them up with other stuff too. I have often added a few dashes of my favorite chipolte Tabassco sauce or a few sprinkles of dried garlic…….the combos are endless!
And the BEST thing? All the money you will save! I have seen “kale chips” going for like $10.00 for a small little bag at the health food store!