I used to be rather frightened of kale…it seemed so coarse…and so green…and so healthy…too healthy. It couldn’t possibly taste good if all that was true, right? Well, I’m here to tell you today that I was wrong. So wrong. To redeem myself I’m dedicating a post to kale and my absolute favorite way to prepare it. I promise that in five minutes, you’ll be a believer too!
Easy Roasted Kale Chips
1 bunch Lacinato kale*, cut into 1-2 inch pieces
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt (“sel gris” or French gray sea salt is my favorite)
a turn of fresh ground pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Retrieve a cookie sheet and lay a piece of parchment on top. Set aside.
In a large bowl toss the kale pieces with the olive oil until the leaves are evenly coated. Lay atop the parchment in a single layer and sprinkle with coarse sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Place the sheet in the oven for 11 minutes for an even roasting (set a timer!).
Once the kale “chips” are done, you’ll find yourself snacking on them every time you pass by…they will be that tasty!
* Lacinato kale is my favorite kale to date. This variety is originally from Italy (Campania to be exact) and is a staple in Italian cuisine.
p.s. I like to eat my roasted kale chips with a soft-boiled egg, with beans and shallots
, or atop vegetable fried rice for a delicious, vegetarian dinner. Enjoy!