I Made Kale Chips, and Hated Them!

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I knew I was going to make these chips sooner or later, recipes have been floating around the blogosphere for a while now and I couldn’t wait to try it myself. You see I have a daughter who loves kale, she convinced me to try it, and now I too love kale. In fact we’re growing two different kinds in our garden this year and it’s growing like crazy!

I sent her home with a huge bag of raw kale last week so she could make her salads with it, I tried giving her the kale chips, and she “No thanks!” This is coming from a kale loving person, and even she didn’t like them!
I guess it’s a love hate thing but to me it tastes like crispy seaweed that turns into dust in your mouth. Maybe I should have flavored them up more or done something different, or maybe I should just let it go and eat it the way I really like it, in salads and braised.

The way I made them was simple. Wash your kale real good and then make sure it’s nice and dry. Cut your kale leaves off the stem and tear them into bite size pieces. Toss in olive oil, place on a baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and bake until crispy about 20 minutes in a 300F oven.
If any of you kale chip lovers have some tips you want to share please feel free to do so, maybe there’s still hope!

My husband who has the green thumb pulled our first eggplant and my favorite tiny clustered tomatoes today and the basil is growing out of control!

It must be all that watering he does! Enjoy your short work week, and Buon Appetito.

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  1. Your garden and recipes are beautiful. I do like kale chips. But, I like spinach chips even better. Follow your recipe above. Add a little sprinkle of garlic powder and then shave some fresh parmesan on it. Yum! Or, for an Asian flare–a little sprinkle of soy mixed with a tiny bit of sesame oil. Then sprinkle with sesame seeds a couple of minutes before removing from oven so they get a little toasty flavor to them. Yum!

  2. I’m not a fan of kale, but I made kale chips several times. I’ve tried different recipes and really like one that uses olive oil and soy sauce. The ones using just sea salt weren’t good. The soy sauce added just the right touch.

  3. Your description of kale chips is perfect!! “Crispy seaweed that turns to dust in your mouth” says it all. I wanted to like kale chips so badly but can’t get past that texture. I do enjoy kale in soups and stews. Lovely photos. Your garden is crazy gorgeous!!

  4. When I make mine I cook them at a much lower temperature (200) for a long time, checking them fairly often. I season them with olive oil, salt, and pepper. I had never tried kale before this summer and now I love it in salads, by itself, and as these chips!

  5. Kape chips were a hit in our house. But it was a special sort of kale – nero di Toscana, and I sprinkled some cheese over the chips at the end.

  6. I love kale chips! Try tossing them with some lemon and light soy sauce, then the oil . Make sure they are crispy. Usually, the recipes call for 425-450 degrees, but I find they burn at this high heat. I roast them at 375, and check them often. Give these another chance!

  7. Yeah, I’m way behind in visiting blogs. I snorted with laughter at the title of this post. Stacey did these a while back, and said the same thing. I showed my husband your garden shots. No commment, from him. So lovely.

  8. LoL!I was thinking about making some this week. I love the salads. I guess no to the chips.

  9. I still want to try these someday. Your garden looks like it’s out of a catalog!

  10. Sorry you didn’t like them. I find making kale chips makes kale taste better. A little hot sauce mixed with theolive oil helps.

  11. Oh, Marie, I’m so sorry you and your daughter didn’t like the kale chips – did you try using the apple cider vinegar and the nutritional yeast (a tablespoon of each)? The yeast makes it taste a little like cheddar cheese. Ah, well, I’m sure you will put the kale to good use in some of your other wonderful recipes.
    Your garden looks wonderful! I am envious you picked your first ripe tomatoes. 🙂

  12. Didn’t hate the chips. Everyone ate them. Of course, I never made them again – which tells me it wasn’t a hit. On the fence. Now your garden is a hit. I have yet to walk across the wet grass to find out what I have in my garden. You have inspired me to do so! Who knows? Maybe I, too have a baby eggplant waiting. Or maybe the bunnies had a nice dinner.

  13. Don’t think I will like kale chipe either, but I do love your garden Hats off to the husband!!!

  14. I never tried kale chips before and now I won’t. I like kale raw the best.

    Your garden looks fabulous, Marie! I can’t believe you already have eggplants!

  15. I can’t help it…I giggled, out loud when I say the title. 😉 So glad you tried them, but bummed you didn’t like. I am with Vicki…cider vinegar. I use apple cider vinegar and it adds a kick…;)

  16. I’ve tried them twice and you know what? Not a fan! I thought I was the only one!

  17. I’ve been planning to try these for awhile now, too, but hadn’t gotten around to it. I’m glad you posted this so I have another point of view. I’ll probably still make them, just to see for myself. But now, if I end up hating them, I won’t feel so bad!

  18. Marie

    I tried Kale chips a few months ago from a recipe in Food & Wine; I thought they wee the nastiest thing ever and threw them away. The author of the recipe claimed they had a delightful “briny” taste; briny taste, sure, delightful, hardly!

  19. Made kale chips for the first time this weekend. First try I was not a fan but third or fourth try they grew on me.

  20. I just recently found your blog and I love it! There’s so many tasty things on here I can’t wait to make. I, too, LOVE kale, but didn’t like kale chips. Glad I’m not the only one!!

  21. I too made kale chips once and hated them, even though I like kale in general. Beautiful pictures of the garden. I don’t have any tomatoes yet, but I’ve been picking handfuls of haricots verts.

  22. Thanks for the heads up on the kale chips, Marie. I love knowing what NOT to make as much as what I should make. And I’m so jealous of your garden! Ours is so far behind yours… we’ve had so much rain and cool weather here. Oh, to be picking tomatoes….

  23. Thanks for saving me on this one! I’ve been wanting to try kale chips but I will trust your expertise and save my kale for a better purpose. Your garden is just gorgeous!

  24. I’ve never tried kale chips, but braised kale with garlic is one of my all time favorite vegetables.

  25. I’m the only one in my house who will eat the kale chips I make. I like them for the guiltless snack that they are. I’m a new blogger and just put a post up about kale chips. Given the choice though, I much more prefer kale braised or in soup.

  26. Why don’t you listen to me?

    Don’t you remember I made these kale chips and hated them too??????
    I posted them and everyone yelled at me that I must’ve done something wrong.
    There was nothing good about them.
    They tasted like paper!

  27. I am convinced that I need to try Kale so now is the time:D

  28. Well, at least you can say you tried them! I still haven’t and after reading this, I probably never will. I’ll just stick to sauteed kale thank you very much 😛

  29. Good to know, Marie. I have the kale chip recipe in my stack of “must make this one of these days” recipes and I think I’ll toss it. I knew this would be a love it or hate it venture.

    Beautiful photos. Our weather has been so awful that nothing in the garden is even close to being ready to pick.

  30. Part of me wants to try kale chips, but part of me is relieved by your review. Your garden is BEAUTIFUL!

  31. Try adding some cider vinegar to them with the olive oil. I liked them much better once I added vinegar.

  32. So sorry you didn’t like the kale chips, Marie. I’ve been seeing them all over the place too, but I haven’t tried them yet. Your photos, though, are absolutely stunning! Those chips may not have tasted great, but they look amazing. And, the pics of your garden are gorgeous!

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