Kale is probably one of those things you rarely or never eat. Well, it’s packed with vitamin A and calcium, with a little bit of vitamin B and C and very, very tasty. I’m still discovering ways to eat it besides throwing it in soup or something boring like that. My favorite way so far is to bake it till it’s crunchy. So if you love potato chips and are trying to quit cause they’ll make us fat, reach for some baked kale instead!
By the way, according to my price chart, Harris Teeter and Wal-Mart have the cheapest kale over Bi-Lo and Food Lion. Watch for sales though.
So first, rinse off the kale and pull the leaves off of the stalk. Trash the stalk or use for another dish- it doesn’t bake well. Tear the leaves up into smaller pieces- ya’ know, a few inches in diameter or so.
Then, in a bowl or right on the pan, drizzle some olive oil over the leaves. Then add your favorite spices- I added garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper and chili powder. Now, listen, add a little salt… but I really mean a tiny amount. Are you listening? DON’T over-salt them like I did! Ok, now get your hands all up in there and make sure everything’s evenly distributed, making sure too many spices aren’t built up in any spots.
Put them in a 325* oven for about 5-7 minutes, more or less. Ok the biggest rule is this: you can’t really leave these alone. They burn really quickly if you’re not careful, and when they burn they taste nasty. BUT, they also can’t be soggy. So it’s a fine line and you’ve gotta watch it. Every minute or so, open the door and touch them to see if they’re crunchy yet. Trust me, you’d rather eat them not quite done enough rather than over-done. Do what I SHOULD have done, and bake a few leaves first to get an idea about time, then cook the rest.
Sorry if I scared you there. But you’ll hate it and never try it again if you burn them! Oh man, they’re soooo good when they’re cooked perfectly! I will be working on some other methods to cook them more evenly….perhaps cooking them at a very low heat for longer would do the trick. Let me know if you try it and find a good method!
2 large servings – $.22
1 serving – $.11