Hi you! Today's the 11th day or letter "K" of the A-Z Blog Challenge, my theme being Crowd Pleasing Appetizers. Come on, take my hand, let's jump right into Totally Exposed Baked Kale Chips. If you've never tried kale, you're probably thinking "ewww, that doesn't sound appetizing at all, there's no way it's a crowd pleaser!... I'm going to totally expose the two secrets steps in making the perfect kale chips so stay focused..
Totally Exposed Baked Kale Chips
This is another high nutrient, extremely affordable (at $1.89 for the whole bunch!) and super easy recipe.
All you need are as follows:
- 1 bunch of kale
- olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
Heat oven to 350F
Even though only the leafs are edible, Kale is known for it's highly nutritional content. If you have never prepared it before, this is what to do.
You need to de-stem the kale by grabbing the stems through the hand or fingers and push all the way up:
Trim the stem if some thicker ones are still on the leaf:
Once everything is de-stemmed, the bunch of kale earlier should look like this, leafs separated from the stems, which can be later discarded.
Pass it through the spinner to dry. It's so important to make sure that they're fully dried. Did I say that they need to be totally dry? Yes, dry!
There are two secret steps that guarantee your kale chips a success. The first secret is making sure your leafs are bone dry. What I did is after drying them in the spinner, I put the kale leafs in one layer on trays or chopping boards and leave them to air dry for a couple of hours.
Once they are dry, transfer them to a baking sheet and drizzle olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. The second secret to making successful kale chips is to take the time to massage each leaf with oil, salt and pepper. Cover every square inch, not one bit is missed. Then place in the oven.
15 minutes later... all done! .... okay, I have to admit... they look AWFUL. Dry and unappealing!
But wait, don't jump into any conclusions! Just because it looks bad (ok awful) doesn't mean it taste horrible. Let me plate it, there, look much better!
Here, try this:
Now let your tongue fully absorb all the flavours and your teeth slowly doing the crunching... I can't capture the perfect crunch in writing, you have to click on the link and hear this for yourself : Crunching of a Totally Exposed Baked Kale Chip. And THIS is why kale chips are crowd pleasers!
yum, yum yum crunch crunch crunch....
'Till next time,