Kale Chips are oven baked and quick and easy recipe to make even for game day snacks.
Don’t we all love potato chips? Though we can do without all the calories and salt. Kale chips might be an alternative.
In the last two weeks I’ve seen Kale Chips featured in a magazine article and on a couple of cooking shows. I even found lots of photos of Kale chips on Pinterest.
I had to try them — it sounded so easy and they looked crispy. But you know, whenever you see something in a photo or on t.v. that looks so terrific, and then you try it, it just is no way, no how, nothing like you imagined it should be.
I was determined anyway so I picked up a HUGE bunch of kale and my chip journey began. I have to say it really was as easy as the magazine article stated, and the cooking hosts’ instructions were spot on.
Well I’m all for easy and SIMPLE — break off the leaves from the stalk, wash/rinse and dry, dress them a little and bake.
I made a lot and so I had a half of a tray left over. No problem, just wrap them in wax paper and keep them in the fridge for the next day. They stayed crispy, and the next day when I shared them with the most picky eater in the family I was shocked when she said she ‘loved ’em’. Hey, it’s a vegetable, you never know if it’ll be a ‘like’ or ‘no thanks’, but you should definitely give this a try.
There’s also this delicious Baked Spicy Cauliflower Bites, also vegetarian and gluten free.
Both the Kale Chips and the Baked Spicy Cauliflower Bites can be served as a ‘side dish’ with dinner or served with sandwiches or burgers. These are also easy recipes to make on game day as well.
Kale Chips are quite easy to make. The first time we made kale chips I wondered if anyone would like them. Surprise, most everyone liked them. The crispy leaves are lightly salted, they are a great snack. Not quite as popular as potato chips, but they are worth making for a game day snack.
- Prep Time: 10-12 min.
- Cook Time: 25-35 min.
- Total Time: 40-50 min.
- Yield: 2-4 servings
- Category: Side Dish
- Cuisine: American
- 4 large kale stalks
- 1-2 TBLS. olive oil (or olive oil spray)
- kosher salt
- chopped garlic (optional)
- This step is optional – saute the finely chopped garlic in olive until softened and the garlic flavors the oil. Add salt/pepper and set aside.
- Wash kale stalks in cold water and dry well.
- Break off the thick leaves from the stalk and place in a bowl.
- Toss the kale leaves with the olive oil mixture (or use the spray and sprinkle with salt/pepper).
- Bake in 425 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until the leaves are crisp and still green. If you over-bake them the leaves will turn a shade of brown, but they are still good.
Keywords: Oven baked kale chips, easy vegetarian side dish, game day snack
**Recipe & Photos Updated 2018**