Monday, April 11, 2011

Parmesan Kale Chips

Hi Sisters,
People have been singing kale's leafy green praises for a long time now; it's cholesterol lowering abilities, it's role in preventing five different types of cancer (bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate), and it's rich anti-oxidants. The first time I dabbled in kale was after reading this post from a Dawson sister favorite - TKTC. Christina, you have some pretty great friends over there in Chicago! Remember when the three of us walked over to Jessi's place so you could borrow a dress, and she had magically made a pie for us? Who whips up a pie when friends stop by? Jessi does, obviously. So when she said kale was a good tasting healthy food, I listened. 
I've eaten kale raw, steamed, or sauteed with garlic and olive oil, but I just learned how to roast it to a delicious crisp.
Sisters..... meet my new favorite thing- the kale chip! 
Here's how you make them:

- a bundle of kale
- 3 tsp. olive oil
- kosher salt to taste
- grated parmesan to taste 

Step 1.
- Heat oven to 300 degrees
- Pull apart one kale leaf at a time  
- Tear each leaf apart from the middle stem in 3-inch pieces, discard stem

Step 2.
- Place kale pieces onto a baking sheet
- Drizzle 3 tablespoons of olive oil on top of pieces (I've made the mistake before of putting too much olive oil, trust me - 2 - 3 tablespoons is enough!)
- Toss the pieces, making sure to rub each leaf to guarantee the olive oil covers it
- Separate the pieces into a single layer on the baking sheet

Step 3.
- Place in oven for 20-25 minutes 
- Each oven is different, especially each city oven, so at 20 minutes check to see if each piece has crisped (no one likes soggy chips).
- When crisped let cool for 5-10 minutes

Step 4. 
- Lightly sprinkle kosher salt over leaves
- Grate fresh parmesan on top to taste

Step 5. 
- Enjoy a healthy snack or side dish!


  1. Kathleen- You are the kindest. Thank you so much for the sweet words and I am THRILLED to have helped indoctrinate another friend into Club Kale. I'm growing three varieties right now. It still might not be enough. If you want to up your game even further, consider my Saturday purchase- Spectrum Extra Virgin Olive Oil spray. The flavor and oil are good but the spray means I don't overdo it on the golden goodness. Picked it up at Whole Foods for $8.

  2. just found your link via sterling style - i am SO buying some kale tomorrow! i love the idea of parmesan with it :)

    Katie x
    {glass of fashion}

  3. Jessi - love it. I'm always a little too heavy handed with olive oil, so I will check out the spray!

    Katie - thanks so much, we love sterling style :) How'd the parmesan kale go??

    love from Chicago!



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