November 2, 2011

Kale Chips

Kale, a member of the brassica family, is a nutrient rich and delicious vegetable, which is gaining popularity in American cuisine. Kale contains antioxidants, anti-inflammatory benefits, cancer-preventing phytonutriets, cholesterol-lowering properties, detoxification support, fiber and a host of other important vitamins and nutrients. As kale becomes an increasingly popular vegetable, there is an increase in the varieties available, which creates more culinary possibilities and options. I like to prepare kale using any number of different techniques and in a host of different recipes. Kale chips are one way to consume kale on its own, as a snack, or in addition to soups and salads.

Any variety of kale will work, though the larger the leaf the greater amount of chips.

1 bunch kale, washed

¼ c olive oil

1 clove garlic, finely pressed

salt and pepper

1. Combine olive oil and garlic in a small bowl and set aside to marinate for 1-2 hours.

2. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Remove kale ribs from leaves, and place leaves in a large mixing bowl. Add garlic and olive oil and thoroughly massage onto leaves until they are well coated. Season leaves to taste with salt and pepper.

3. Spread leaves evenly on a baking sheet. Place kale in oven and bake until crisp but still green, 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent over cooking. Remove from heat and adjust seasoning as desired.

Makes about 4 c


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