I've been wanting to make kale chips for a long time. 1) because I hear they are really good for you and 2) because I love to nibble. I like to nibble with a cup of coffee, when I'm chatting with friends, relaxing at night, or when I'm bored - you get the picture!
With spring here and the long hot summer soon to follow, I was thinking about yummy, healthy nibble food for balmy evenings or sunny arvos lounging on the patio with family and friends.
So with Pinterest fired up, I set about researching kale chip tips and recipes that I could achieve in my oven quickly and with a minimum of fuss ('cos patience and tidying up is not really my thing)!
Lessons I learnt for perfect kale chips:
1) The kale needs to be dry.
2) The leaves should be massaged.
3) Crowding = Soggy chips.
4) Don't season with liquids.
5) Bake slowly on low, even heat.
So, here's what I did...
approx. 1/2 bunch kale leaves
1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon chili flakes
3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
A few twists of a pepper grinder
- Preheat fan forced oven to 120C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Cut the leaves from the stems of the kale and roughly tear it up into large pieces. Wash and pat them dry with paper towel.
- Put leaves into a large bowl and gently massage them with the oil until they are shiny but not drenched.
- Spread the kale out onto the prepared baking sheet(s) in a single layer. Don't crowd.
- Roughly toss the mixed spice ingredients over the prepared leaves.
- Bake for 20 mins. Using two levels of the oven works fine but only on fan forced.
- Remove from the oven when the leaves are crispy to touch (they do shrivel a bit). Cooling the kale on the trays for 3-5 minutes allows them to crisp further.
They're not the thing to make the day before! They do soften up with time but I found that you can recrisp them with a quick warm blast of fan forced air. (In saying that then, I suppose you could use them the next day... if you're lucky enough to have any left!)
Now, grab a drink immediately cos once you start munching these light, crispy, yummies, you won't be able to stop for anything!
>> I'd love to hear what your favourite social nibble is. Recipe links welcome!