the accidental kale chip recipe

Kale chips are one of my favorite snacks. Salty, crunchy, garlicy… mmmm. I have a batch in the oven right now. Here’s the trick, though… they’re not actually baking.

Here’s where the “accidental” part of my story comes in. Several weeks ago, I was all set to make a batch of kale chips. The kale was prepped and on the baking sheet, ready to go in to the oven. Oven was preheated. And then, a phone call. I had to run out… what to do with the kale? I turned off the oven and threw them in, thinking I would just fire the oven up later when I got home.

A few hours later, I came home to find… crispy, perfectly cooked kale chips!

I’ve made a few modifications to my kale recipe and technique –

Kale Chips

1 bunch kale
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic powder

1. Preheat oven to 350*
2. Remove stems from kale, tear leaves in to small pieces (place in baggie)
3. Drizzle oil & spices over kale, toss the bag to coat
4. Place kale on baking sheet

Here’s where you can choose your technique…
5. Bake for ~15 min (until edges start to brown)
6. Allow to cool – kale will continue to crunch up as it cools

– OR –
5. Place kale in oven, turn off oven.
6. Come back in a few hours for crunchy kale chips!


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Mom to "C", wife to Ben. I'm a part-time blogger, cook, organizer, seamstress, house cleaner, taxi, nurse (the mom kind), accountant... I could go on, but really... it's all in the blog. Read away!

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