How To Make Lemon Kale Chips

Mar 28, 2013 2:31 pm

Healthy baked lemon kale chips, step-by-step

Photo: Mark Shaw
Photo: Mark Shaw
What was that? You don't like kale? Think again. Lemon kale chips will change your mind.
 

Making kale chips is simple, but it's important to keep in mind a few simples rules and you'll be bound for success: De-stem the kale. Season the kale (very well) with salt and pepper. This is key. It is very important to add a generous amount of salt and pepper before the kale cooks. Doing so will ensure a crisp, salty treat instead of what you might imagine kale chips to taste like. For an extra zing, squeeze on half a lemon before baking, and a little more after the kale cools.

We made these baked kale chips at a recent FR Test Kitchen and could not get enough of them. Suddenly, no one cared for the steak (well, maybe a little), and all eyes were on the kale. No need to lecture you on the health benefits of kale since you probably already know. Trust us, this will be a new favorite snack — and not just because it's healthy.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 2 bunches kale
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Coarse salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 baking sheets
  • sharp knife
De-stem the kale
De-stem the kale

Preheat the oven to 375 F. De-stem the kale leaves by folding each leaf in half and running a sharp knife along the stem. Pull out the stem by hand.

Tear into pieces
Tear into pieces

Next, tear the leaves into rough 3-inch pieces by hand.

Add olive oil
Add olive oil

Throw the leaves into a bowl and add 1/4 cup of good-quality olive oil. Mix well with your hands to ensure even distribution. 

Season with salt and pepper
Season with salt and pepper

Add a generous amount of coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Squeeze lemon
Squeeze lemon

Squeeze half a lemon over the kale and mix well.

Spread the kale on a baking sheet
Spread the kale on a baking sheet

Spread the pieces on a baking sheet without letting the leaves overlap or they won't crisp up. 

Bake the kale
Bake the kale

Bake the kale for 10 minutes on 375 degrees F. Check frequently to see if the pieces are becoming crispy and golden (it also can go from golden brown to charred and bitter very quickly!). Some pieces may need to be turned over. Turn off the oven and leave the trays in for another 2 to 5 minutes to finish the drying process.

Once you remove the trays from the oven, squeeze a little extra lemon over them and serve.

More easy how-tos on Food Republic:

More about:
About Us | Advertise With Us | Contact Us | RSS | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use
© 2013 Food Republic. All rights reserved.