These are the best crispy kale chips I’ve eaten. Making these satisfying, healthy chips is easy when you’re craving something salty and crispy. The addition of gomasio adds a fun flavor kick with nutritious sesame seeds and seaweed.
A few weeks ago, I was very excited to find kale for the very first time here in Spain. When we were last living in the US, kale wasn’t popular at all. In fact, I’d never even heard of kale until after I had been living in Spain for several years and reading about it on American websites. After hearing about how healthy it was, and hearing how simple it was to make kale chips, a healthy alternative to potato chips, I really wanted to try it, but sadly kale was impossible to find anywhere in Spain.
It wasn’t until this year, when I finally decided to order kale seeds online to plant my own in my vegetable garden, that I finally found kale leaves in a new eco-supermarket. Super excited with my new find, I bought a bunch of kale leaves and decided to give kale chips a try.
I really wasn’t expecting much. I mean, how crispy can wet leaves get?
Can you really get a satisfying crispy chip by baking kale in your oven?
The answer is surprisingly YES!
I was imagining how my baked sweet potato fries only get crispy on the outside in the oven, and couldn’t imagine easily making chips from them, but kale is different.
Kale is a thin leaf with a lot of texture. It doesn’t get crispy in the same way really, it’s more akin to how leaves dry out after falling off the trees each autumn. That may sound weird or even unappealing, but it’s really just as satisfying when you want something salty with a bit of crunch.
Make your kale chips crispy.
To get the kale chips perfectly crispy, you want to make sure that they dry out without burning, so it’s a good idea to keep checking on them throughout the process. Opening the oven occasionally won’t hurt, and if anything, it will actually help some of the humidity escape from the oven. If you have a convection/fan setting on your oven, use it! It will help dehydrate the leaves more quickly.
It’s also important to get the kale as dry as possible before spreading the leaves out in the oven. A light spray of olive oil will also help crisp them up, but overdoing it may make your kale chips soggy!
All of that said, the process is simple, so let’s get baking!
The best crispy kale chips recipe
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