Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Parmesan Kale Chips

Kale was on my grocery list today because I have been wanting to make kale chips.  

I bought this bunch of organic kale at Publix.  

When I use kale in smoothies, I always remove the leaves from the stems.  This is an important step in making kale chips too, because the stems are very bitter.  

I tossed my kale with some extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of kosher salt.

The leaves of one bunch of kale filled two large baking trays.  

I used both Parmigiano Reggiano and Pecorino Romano on my kale chips today.  I buy my grated Italian cheeses at the cheese section in Whole Foods.  

I have a confession to make.  I ate both trays of kale chips for lunch, right after they came out of the oven!  I will have to make them again soon, so my daughters and husband get to try them.  :-)

Parmesan Kale Chips


1 bunch of kale
2 T extra virgin olive oil
2 1/2 T Parmesan or Romano cheese (I used a combination of both) -- grated

Optional -- a pinch of two of kosher salt, crushed red pepper flakes, coarse ground black pepper


Preheat oven to 325 degrees and cover two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

Wash and thoroughly dry the kale.  Remove the stems and tear each leaf into bite size pieces.  Place the kale in a large bowl and toss with olive oil.

Spread the kale pieces out evenly in a single layer on your baking sheets.  Bake them for 7 minutes, turn the kale leaves, then bake them for 7 minutes more.

Sprinkle the kale chips with grated cheese as soon as they come out of the oven.

Recipe notes:

I added kosher salt to my kale chips before baking them.  Do not use more than a small pinch or two of salt or they will be too salty.  You can add coarse ground black pepper or crushed red pepper flakes before or after baking your kale chips.  I sampled a couple of chips with black pepper, and a couple with crushed red pepper flakes.  I enjoyed them both.

If your trays are on two separate shelves in your oven, make sure to switch them after your first bake.  I don't have a convection oven, so I switched and turned the trays to ensure more even cooking.


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