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It all started with a beer at the Farmers’ Market.

And it inexplicably ended up with this monstrous matrix of kale chips.

What obsessive, compulsive craziness happened in the two weeks — yes, two weeks — between that beginning beer and current kale compulsion is for me to know and you to find out some time in a future post. Right now, we are concerned with how a vegetable that’s thick, chewy and often-though-not-always bitter (wait, are we talking about me or the kale here?) went from relative nutrition freak obscurity to overwhelming trend on tastespotting. How? HOW?!

Rub it down with some oil, sprinkle it with salt, and tan that beeyotch under the broiler — that’s how.

(Ok now, we really are talking about me, not the kale, right?)

Kale Chips

Recipe based on the bazillion beautiful kale chips submissions we have on the site

Ingredients

1 large bunch of kale (flat leaf Tuscan kale, curly kale…)
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1-2 tablespoons vinegar (apple cider, sherry, white wine vinegar…)
salt
optional herbs and spices (e.g. black pepper, curry powder, hot pepper flakes…)

Directions:

Wash and completely dry kale. Remove ribs and tear leaves into bite size pieces.

Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.

Whisk together vinegar and olive oil. Add kale and toss to coat.

Place coated kale in a single layer on cookie sheet and sprinkle with salt and optional herbs/spices.

Bake 10-15 minutes, flipping halfway through until crispy.

Remove from oven, allow to cool.

Not sure how long kale chips can be stored, but my suspicion is that they never last very long past cooling on the baking sheet anyway.

by Sarah J. Gim on September 29, 2010 · 4 comments

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julialikesred October 5, 2010 at 6:34 am

Seriously, the stuff is everwhere. Might finally be time to try! I wonder how the redder varieties’ll hold their colors, could be awesome/gruesome halloween fare.

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Jess October 7, 2010 at 8:39 pm

We must have done something wrong or if it was meant to taste that way… I just don’t get it! We found some Kale at the farmers market and tried to make Kale Chips in the same way… and they were awful, I mean seriously bad. Maybe we had some strange kale? We really did try to eat them but the whole lot pretty much was binned!

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Sarah October 13, 2010 at 7:12 am

Try it with some parmesan too! Yum! And they are even commercialized now:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/22/dining/22kale.html

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Mika December 4, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Finally made them today and thought the bitter flavor of the kale still came through and they weren’t as good as I thought they would be :(

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