04 February 2013

kale chips, a redemption story



I used to think kale chips were gross. Almost non-edible really. I think I was just making them wrong. Recently I busted out my new food dehydrator and followed a recipe from Kris Carr's new cookbook Crazy Sexy Kitchen: 150 Plant-Empowered Recipes to Ignite a Mouthwatering Revolution to make some really tasty, flavorful kale chips. So good! The secret, for me, is seasoning. I will not enjoy a plain kale chip. This recipe has you actually coat the kale with a sauce, not just sprinkle on a few things here and there. You can download a sneak peek of Kris' book here, which includes her full recipe. (Update: You can also get the recipe over at Mind Body Green!) I'm also intrigued by this recipe for Maui Kale Chips. I'd like to try making a vegan-y cheese version with nutritional yeast and some spice to get a nacho flavor. Before when I made kale chips, I just sprinkled salt and nutritional yeast on but it wasn't nearly enough. No, I want my kale crispy and coated in something awesome.

Just wanted to pop in and let you all know that I've had a change of heart. UPDATE: For the record, Kris Carr's recipe makes enough sauce for THREE bunches of kale, so cut it back if you are only doing one. Or, save it in the fridge if you are making a few batches within a few weeks of each other. Also, in my dehydrator the chips are done much quicker than the recipe says, perhaps after four hours or so. Just keep checking on them and taste testing :) I put my dehydrator at around 115 degrees usually.

I hear you can make all sorts of chips out of other leafy greens, and now that I've got my dehydrator I plan on experimenting. I made a batch of Swiss chard chips yesterday using the same seasoning, but I haven't tasted them yet. I'll report back.

6 comments:

  1. I gotta tell you, I'm not a fan of the kale chip. But I'm wiling to give this a shot based on your experience

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    1. I hear you. I really despised them before I found this recipe. The reason I like it is that the kale is so heavily coated with the seasoning that it completely masks the other tastes and makes you forget about the flaky texture of the kale chip. So, I'm not a kale chip purist by any stretch. If they can taste good enough for me to forget they are made from kale, that's a win.

      I'll try to remember to bring some to the next swap for you to try :)

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  2. oh boy, Julie was RAVING about your kale chips! Can't wait to try these out in our dehydrator. :)

    Jeanine

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    1. I have been raving about these because they are DELICIOUS! Chris brought some to work and I couldn't stop eating them. I have also tried the oven kale chips and didn't like them much either. Love the blog Christine keep on posting! Also do you have any recommendations on a good dehydrator to get?

      Thanks!
      Julie

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  3. This post makes me wish I hadn't put my dehydrator in a yard sale :(
    I wonder if this method might work in a very low heat oven.

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    1. I think it will! Give it a try :) I find that my kale chips are done really quickly in my dehydrator, nowhere near the time any recipe says... maybe 4-5 hours at 115 degrees? So the oven seems like it would work, especially since most kale chip recipes call for a higher temp than what I use.

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