I have SO MUCH KALE in my garden!
Michael’s mom suggested we try a recipe for kale chips with nutritional yeast sprinkled on top. I’d never had kale chips before and she was gushing about how delicious they were. I decided to give it a try.
It was a decent sunny day and I went out to our garden to harvest a bunch of kale to give it a try. I might have gotten distracted while I was outside when I discovered a gloriously red strawberry! I am so glad I transplanted the strawberry plant into a huge pot so it’s tripled in size. The strawberry was sweet and delicate, very different from store-bought.
Okay, back to the kale! I cut a ton of it and then tore the leaves into pieces. I mixed the kale pieces together in a bowl by hand with olive oil. (I wondered if Grapeseed Oil would work as well, but did not try it.)
I spread the kale onto my baking sheet covered in wax paper. Then I sprinkled a thin layer of sea salt, freshly ground pepper and nutritional yeast. I went very light on the nutritional yeast because I wasn’t quite sure how it would taste. Would it be overpowering? Was less more? I took the safe route for my first batch.
I baked it in the oven for 4 minutes, checked them and they looked great, and then turned them over and popped them back into the oven. I baked it for about 3 minutes and then tried to broil it for the last minute or so. Michael’s mom suggested it, even though the recipe did not. Ahem. It kind of failed.
The first batch ended up in the garbage in a smokey mess. I tried again, even though I was frustrated (have I mentioned how much I hate using the broiler?). The second batch was much better! Seriously, while making kale chips and using a broiler, do not leave the room and do something else!
How were they? Delicious! I LOVED the nutritional yeast. It was cheesy and garlicky at the same time. The sea salt was a good addition. I erred on the side of caution and probably could have cooked the chips for a teeny bit longer. Some of them were not crispy at all (probably 20%) but the rest were as crispy as a thin tortilla chip.
Next time I will make sure they all get crispy and I will add a lot more nutritional yeast. AND I will make a bigger batch because it’s gone in no time. Yum, yum, yum! It was a good snack before dinner. Dinner was a bratwurst with a serving of tater tots.
Dinner was good and quick–which was needed after my do-over on the kale chips. I through in some raw cauliflower with a little bit of blue cheese dressing as a side. What I really wanted was more kale chips. I think I’ve created a monster.
QUESTION: Have you ever made kale chips? Tips? Suggestions? Favorite recipes?