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What are you going to do with all that kale?

May 22, 2012

So you planted a bunch of kale this winter and spent all spring defending it against cabbage loopers, aphids, and rogue bunnies; now what? What’s a fella (or lady) to do with it all? Kale chips!!!! Pretty simple and pretty crunchy, which is a good combination in my book.

Here’s how we make them at my house:


Step 1 – Chop up the kale, removing the central vein (or you can eat it if you really want to), into pieces about two or three inches big. Inaccuracy is more fun than measuring and having uniform chips so my advice is to just wing it.

Step 2 – Add kale, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix it until you have a light coating of oil on all the pieces. Place the oiled up kale on a baking sheet, ideally on parchment paper to prevent sticking.


Step 3 – Bake at 350 for about 10 – 15 minutes or until the edges start to brown, not blacken. Black kale chips taste like tongue cleaning your fireplace and I suggest avoiding both of those things. The kale should be crunchy.


Step 4 – Put the kale chips in a food dispensing apparatus such as a bowl and enjoy!

Experiment with different flavors! Maybe add some hot pepper flakes or vinegar. If you really want to get really crazy, add some soy sauce and tahini. Mix it up and share the love!

Happy gardening (and baking)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Delane Spriggs permalink
    May 22, 2012 10:31 pm

    I just made some Zuppa Tuscana soup with Kale tonight. It was great and so easy. I will try baking it. I think I will try a little dipping sauce for them. It’s just olive oil, minced garlic and lime juice……Thanks for the tips with the kale.

  2. May 23, 2012 12:00 pm

    Nice recipe. We get a lot of kale, haven’t tried chips yet but will…

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