24 January 2011

kale chips...

...are not good. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. They do not taste like potato chips, or any other delicious roasted veggie, for that matter. They taste like baked, bitter, crunchy dark leafy greens.  Having recently put it in a smoothie, a salad and in the oven, I still haven't made my peace with kale. It's just a bit too harsh tasting for me to really get on board.  I've tried beets & brussels sprouts and it's been suggested that I try cooking with collard greens and also a fennel bulb. I'm willing to give kale another shot if someone can point me to a truly delicious recipe.  


Not that you would after this rave review, but if anyone wants to make kale chips, here's the deal: Rip up some kale into bite-sized pieces, toss with olive oil & salt, spread out on a baking sheet and bake at 300 degree for about 25 minutes. I sprinkled mine with nutritional yeast (we'll talk about this more later) in hopes that it would disguise the taste of kale, but alas it was not enough.


  1. I have used it in colcannon (def not the same as cabbage). Covering it in mashed potatoes and an abundant amount of cheddar cheese helps.

  2. Oh good call. Cheesy potatoes help everything.

  3. Oh man I love kale chips.

    But I also like earthy, bitter flavors so there you go.

    One of the better ways to introduce oneself to kale is probably in soups... but it sounds like it could be dusted with sweet unicorn farts and you still wouldn't like it, so maybe it's time to move on ;)

  4. Ok, I won't be making any kale chips - thanks for the head's up. I do like it sauted for a little while in garlic oil and then liberally sprinkled with cheese and a touch of salt. Does that negate all that's good about eating kale? conundrum


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