Post # 1
Has anyone made/tried kale chips? Do you like their taste? What *do* they taste like? Do you have a tried-and-true recipes? I have a few versions already, but just curious if they’re actually any good.
I know recipes have been around for ages but I have never tasted it. I do like kale when mixed in with salads and soups so I’m sure I’d like this as an alternative to potato chips whenever I’m wanting something crunchy.
Post # 3
I make them myself with a little olive oils and braggs- the combos flavor and crunch are unlimited.
Honestly baking the kale takes the edge off the bitter and gives you a bland base to carry whatever flavors you like. I have never bought bags of pre-made kale chips though, maybe they are great?!
Post # 4
I love kale chips! I have never made them, but I had a roomate that made them regularly and we coudln’t get enough of them, they arn’t bitter like kale can be some times. olive oil and sea salt she used if I remember correctly.
Post # 5
@Eva Peron: Hmm, I wonder if they do sell them? I’d think it defeats the benefits of doing it yourself though ($ wise and health wise)! I haven’t heard of Braggs, though… is it a brand or a mix of certain seasonings?
@globalmargaret: Yes, I’ve seen lots of the sea salt and basic olive oil versions.
Do either you ladies know how long they keep? I’m thinking I’d like to be able to make a larger batch at once and store/divide and store but since it’s just me, I don’t want them to go bad/break down too soon.
Post # 6
I actually made some today for the first time. I hated them.
The recipe I have uses olive oil and seasoned salt… they came out looking exactly right, but they tasted awful. At first crunch, they were fine… but OMG the aftertaste was so bitter!
I made a second batch because I thought maybe I had cooked the first for too long… but it was just as bad with a few minutes less cooking time (plus some parts were chewy… eww).
I told my husband I thought they tasted like bug spray. He tried some and said they tasted like old dried up tissue paper. We threw them out.
They actually vaguely reminded me of the seaweed one of my Vietnamese friends used to make me eat, except the seaweed tasted way better.
I don’t mind kale in soups and stuff, but the chips were just too much!
Post # 7
My fiance uses the same recipe as @globalmargaret and they’re delicious. He makes them at home and I eat them like candy!!
Post # 8
@bluebonnet: Haha… oh, no! Yikes! Do you think it was the seasoned salt or just the kale? I imagine it’s an acquired taste. Thanks for chiming in. 🙂
Post # 9
I love them! I don’t think they store well, but that could just be me. The trick is to make sure the kale is super dry so that they don’t steam (and therefore get crunchy) and to watch them closely and make sure they don’t burn. If the edges burn, they’ll be nasty!
I work at a weight management center and our clients love kale chips.
This is the RD’s recipe:
1 bunch of kale
Cooking spray, olive oil flavor
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat two or three large baking sheets with cooking spray. Wash and completely dry kale, tear into 2 x 2-inch pieces, and spread into one layer on baking sheets. Be careful not to overcrowd kale pieces. Spray cooking spray over top and sprinkle salt sparingly. Bake for 8 minutes, watching closely so the chips do not burn. Remove from oven, let cool for a few minutes, and enjoy!
Post # 10
I LOVE them! I just came across this recipe, http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/3182
and while I haven’t made it yet, it looks great, and similar to ones I have successfully made! (the cheese is what’s new to me.)
Post # 11
Braggs is liquid amino acids that tastes kind of like soy sauce 😉
Post # 12
Thanks everyone for your input… I’ll be making some soon! 🙂
Post # 13
@Diet Coke:I made the second batch with regular salt instead of seasoned salt (so basically the same recipe everyone else keeps mentioning – olive oil + salt), and they were just as bad.
I think maybe I used too much olive oil? They weren’t wet at all with water or anything, but they were all moist from the olive oil, and they did end up crunchy like @78h2o said to avoid.
I think maybe I just don’t like kale. Haha!
Post # 14
I love them with olive oil and a little sea salt. My husband hates them. He says they taste like halitosis.
Post # 15
@Eva Peron: LOVE Bragg’s, I grew up on the stuff!
@Diet Coke: I can’t handle kale chips as they are too bitter but I love brussel sprout chips. You would make them in a similiar fashion with a little oil and sea salt and bake. They are delicious!!!
Post # 16
I LOVE kale chips. They are delicious and the perfect substitution for something salty and crunchy. Theyre so easy to make too!