If you haven’t heard, kale has been making waves over the past few years for its superfood qualities. Is it because, on an equal weight basis, it has more vitamin C than an orange? Or that it has more vitamin A than any other leafy green? Or perhaps it’s because it is high in calcium and omega-3 fatty acids. Regardless, I wouldn’t be surprised if its poor cousin broccoli is feeling a little bit rejected!
Whether a person loves kale or not, a sure way to get it to win its way into a someone’s stomach is by turning it into these tasty chips. Combined with this recipe’s seasonings (not to mention the fact that the lemon juice, parmesan and olive oil actually help to release many of its healthy compounds when eaten together!), this is one nutritious and incredibly delicious snack.
Spicy Parmesan Kale Chips
Yield: 4 cups
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
4 c. (6 oz. / 170 g.) kale leaves, torn into bite-sized pieces
2 tsp. olive oil
2 tsp. lemon juice
1/4 c. (1 oz. / 28 g.) finely grated parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1) Preheat oven to 275 F / 135 C. Place a layer of parchment paper on two large cookie sheets and reserve.
2) In a large bowl, toss all of the ingredients together.
3) Place the kale leaves in a single layer on the two prepared cookie sheets*. Bake for 20-25 minutes until crispy.
* Chef’s Tip: Don’t overcrowd the pan. To give the kale a chance to crisp properly, ensure that each leaf is placed flat on the pan and avoid any overlapping with one another. Also, if your oven temperature varies significantly in certain areas, rotate the pans halfway through the cooking time.
While hearty in flavor, these chips are quite delicate, so be sure to package them up in a container that will prevent them from getting crushed. An original option could be a metal pail: tied with a twine bow and lined with parchment paper, you can give this food gift a fun, fresh-from-the-farm vibe.