Dill Pickle Kale Chips

I picked up another bunch of kale yesterday and figured I would give baking chips a try.  I was operating under the (somewhat misguided) assumption that they would be similar to a potato chip and have been craving this kind since I watched my company eat a bag last weekend so I went on a hunt for a recipe.  I didn’t find one that was exactly what I was looking for (ie contained ingredients I have in my house right now) so I made up my own.  Yep, I’m crazy like that.  Let’s do this!

You will need:

Large bunch of kale
Fresh dill to taste.  I used a lot, probably 20 or so sprigs that were 4-5 inches long each
3tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2tbs Bragg’s RawApple Cider Vinegar
1tbs pickle brine (I used brine from my father in law’s homemade pickles, but Bubbies would be tasty and fermented. YUM!)
Salt to taste – I used about 1/4 tsp of Himalayan Pink Salt.  I will double that for my next batch.

Heat your oven to 275F.  Wash and thoroughly dry your kale.  Throw it in the spinner to dry it more.  The drier it is the crispier it gets.  I tore mine by hand, most pieces were about the size of my palm.  I will make them a bit smaller next time around.

Throw the oil, vinegar, brine, and dill into a food processor or blender and blast it for a minute or so.  This is what mine looked like:

Pour the sauce over your leaves and spend some time massaging your kale with your hands.  Get to know it.  Make sure all surfaces are brushed with the olive oil mixture.  Spread the leaves out in a single layer on two baking sheets line with parchment or aluminum foil.
Cook for 12-15 minutes in your preheated oven, remove from oven and turn with tongs.  Put trays back in the oven and cook for additional 10-15 minutes.  The will start to brown when they are ready.
The final product isn’t pretty but is quite tasty!  Crispier than potato chips initially and then a bit “meatier” in the finish than expected.  As mentioned above I will double the salt I used next time but they did fill that dill pickle chip craving! I also plan to pick up Nutritional Yeast and some Cashews to try Cheesy Kale Chips soon!


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