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How about some Kale Chips!

Kale chips

Have you ever ate kale chips before? Miss Cindy made some for me and the girls a few years ago and I’ve been wanting to try making them myself ever since.

Since I have plenty of Sow True Seed kale on my hands I decided this was finally the time to make kale chips.

I googled around and found several recipes. Most all of them gave the same directions with the only variations being the seasonings used.

Kale Chips

  • Kale (fully dried)
  • oil of your choice
  • seasonings of your choice

How to make kale chips

Preheat oven to 250 degrees-if your stove doesn’t go that low just use the lowest temperature you can.

Remove any large stems from kale leaves. If your leaves are very large you can tear them into smaller pieces.

Add kale to a bowl, drizzle a small amount of oil over, and toss to coat leaves evenly. Spread kale out in a single layer on a baking sheet and season to taste. I used salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

Bake 15-25 minutes or until kale leaves become crispy.

Mine turned out pretty good. I was impatient and didn’t allow my leaves to dry fully before I baked them so it took mine quite a bit longer than 25 minutes and even then a few leaves were more on the steamed side instead of the crispy side.

I believe kale chips would be especially good served at a party or other function where folks are gathered around talking.

If you’ve made kale chips before, please share your recipe and any tips you’ve learned along the way.



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  • Reply
    Chuck Howell
    October 13, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Kale is “Soul Food.” I’ll enjoy it in the afterlife. For now, I prefer Collards.

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    Pamela Danner
    October 12, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    I’m back. I made Kale chips once and would like to do it again. Got to eat healthy!

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    Rev. Rose Marie "RB" Redmond
    October 12, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Have never had kale although I sell a lot of it at the store. Will try this once winter comes full force, cause I hate to have the oven running when the A/C is on.
    God bless.

  • Reply
    October 12, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    I meant to say I watched SUNDAY
    Nite Football. Ed, Laura’s and
    Steve’s girls are here and I’m
    about crazy. Four more will be here
    soon, and my great grandgirl, Kaisley, and that’s Jennifer’s
    crowd. My offsprings are nine girls
    and my daddy used up all the boy

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    Ed Ammons
    October 12, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Now you’ve got me eating kale. I wish I had signed up for the seeds. I didn’t try your kale soup but I mixed some in some fried taters the other night thinking I could pick it out and still have the taters if I didn’t like it (the taters were almost done when I added the kale.) Well, I ended up liking the kale better than the taters so the next night I steamed some and sprinkled it with salt, pepper and grated Swiss cheese. That was good too!
    I bought some more kale last night so I might try the chips too. While I was reading your instructions I thought of putting the oil in a spray bottle, spreading the kale on the baking sheet and spraying the oil on. Sprinkle with seasoning. Turn over and repeat. I’m lazy and that would save washing a bowl. The only problem I have now is, I don’t have a spray bottle.
    Ask Ken how he watched Monday Night Football on Sunday night. Must have been a rerun.
    I’m just picking Ken!

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    October 12, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    A couple season back the Food Network show ‘Sandwich King’ hosted by Jeff Mauro had baked bbq kale chips as an alternative to bbq potato chips. Jeff placed kale on a parchment paper lined tray. Using olive oil cooking spray, he sprayed the kale lightly, tossed kale to evenly coat then placed the pan in a 275F oven for about 20 minutes or until kale is crisp. Remove from oven and sprinkle kale while hot with bbq seasoning made by mixing together 1/4 cup paprika, 2 tbs chili powder (Jeff used ancho chili powder), 1 tbs garlic powder, 1/2 tsp dry mustard, 2 tbs brown sugar, and 1 tbs salt (or to taste). This makes about 3/4 cup. Store unused portion in a tightly closed container. BBQ kale chips is a good snack by itself or a good side for burgers, hot dogs or other sandwiches.
    Great new videos the girls posted on YouTube. Also thanks to God for getting Pap back on stage!! Praying for continued good health and safe travels for each of you.

  • Reply
    October 12, 2015 at 10:18 am

    I’m sure Kale chips are good for
    you, but I guess I’ll stick to
    tater chips.
    I was watching Monday Night Football last night when I heard a familiar tune. Willy Nelson was singing a tune for Subaru, it went something like this: “You’re my buddy, my pal, my friend, and I’ll be there till the end.” I knew I had heard that tune before and then I
    remembered. The movie you and the
    girls was in: If I had Wings to
    Fly. In it a girl sings “I wish
    I was a Mole in the Ground” and
    it’s the same tune.

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    Miss Cindy
    October 12, 2015 at 9:32 am

    I remember those Kale Chips, I don’t think I’ve made them since but, as I recall they were pretty good.
    I noticed last time I was over that you have some beautiful Kale growing. I hope you will tell us a little about the different varieties that you have growing. I wonder if they taste different or mostly the same. Sow True certainly was generous with all the varieties of kale you have growing!
    I made some kale soup Saturday and it was very good!

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    October 12, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I have never heard of kale chips. I sure hope you are keeping all these recipes for a someday cookbook.

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, PhD
    October 12, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Like other folks, I have never heard of Kale Chips. But it sounds like a good NON-FATTENING treat. Maybe we will try to make them!
    This weekend we had a wonderful THREE DAYS at the Appalachian Museum’s TENNESSEE FALL HOMECOMING with FIVE stages for MUSIC! I felt like I was back in Nashville. Every group was great and the weather was almost fine – especially yesterday. But when I looked around at all the ‘old time’ plows, wagons, cars and such I felt like I was back home in the Matheson Cove.
    BUT THE BEST PART of my week-end was that folks ‘stood in line’ to buy a copy of my “Fiddler of the Mountains” book. Of course those ‘NASHVILLE STARS’ tried to root me out of my prime spot under the tent! But guess what! I told them they would have to get the Sheriff to make me move! I STAYED PUT TIL THE SUN WAS SINKING LOW! In fact I sold three copies after those famous folks had done left and was already headed back to Nashville!
    Now thar! Eva Nell

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    Sheryl Paul
    October 12, 2015 at 7:19 am

    While I have never made them, I have eaten plenty made by others, what you are saying is how they have told me they made them. They are tasty and I admit to being surprised I liked them

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    Gina S
    October 12, 2015 at 7:19 am

    I’ve never even heard of kale chips. My daughter will be interested in the recipe. I’ll be interested in the results of her attempt. Thanks for sharing.

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