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MyMoteef - A blog inspired by the philosophy 'Go bold. Be real. Stay curious' - By Australian graphic designer and creator of Moteef, Terri Ioannou.

5 tips for the best kale chips... EVER!

Terri Ioannou

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)!

> Delicious and healthy kale chips in under 30 minutes | via moteef.com.au # MyMoteef #Food #Kale

> You can season kale chips with anything you like. Parmesan may be nice! For kids, simply use a bit of  ground rock salt. | via moteef.com.au #MyMoteef #Food #Kale

> You can season kale chips with anything you like. Parmesan may be nice! For kids, simply use a bit of  ground rock salt. | via moteef.com.au #MyMoteef #Food #Kale

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...

Ingredients:
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

 

  1. Preheat fan forced oven to 120C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. 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.
  3. Put leaves into a large bowl and gently massage them with the oil until they are shiny but not drenched. 
  4. Spread the kale out onto the prepared baking sheet(s) in a single layer. Don't crowd.
  5. Roughly toss the mixed spice ingredients over the prepared leaves.
  6. Bake for 20 mins. Using two levels of the oven works fine but only on fan forced.
  7. 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.
> Kale chips do shrivel but that's normal!  | via moteef.com.au # MyMoteef #Food #Kale

> Kale chips do shrivel but that's normal!  | via moteef.com.au # MyMoteef #Food #Kale

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!

 

Go bold. Be real. Stay curious.