23 Feb 2012

the ellusive kale chip

Rarely is the kale chip able to be photographed. It lives a short but full life of passion, love and flavour; until it is quickly destroyed because of it's own irresistibility. Tragic for the kale chip - oh so delicious for its hunter. 

If kale ever becomes extinct - you can blame me.

When it comes to kale chips, I am a merciless hunter. I ferociously eat every one in sight, often not pausing to breathe, until before I realize it - 3 bunches of kale have disappeared. Every time I make kale chips I say to myself "Okay Emily, THIS TIME you need to leave some for others." 

It never works.

Today I wanted to make kale chips because I had extra Pad Thai sauce and Hemp Sauce which I planned on using as the dressing. Well, my mom and I went to the market and bought 3 bunches. When I got home this evening I dressed them all and stuck them in the dehydrator to blossom into glory. 

I tend to eat them at all stages - when they're totally fresh with just the dressing on, when they're starting to soften and get gooey as they warm up, and when they're finally a crunchy chip. So by time they reach the last stage, most of them are gone anyway. Then before I know it, I've eaten the rest. This is why I never have pics of kale chips on my blog.

You have no idea how much will power it took to NOT eat these chips before I took pictures, AND to save a (very small) bowl for my mom for when she got home.

Anyways: moral of the story - kale chips are ADDICTIVE. Be careful.

They don't stay around for long. 

If you want a recipe for les chips, just use any sauce recipe I have on the blog, and put it on a bunch of ripped kale pieces. Then dehydrate for a couple hours or until they're crunchy.

If you wanna make your own sauce, I recommend making a blend of tamari, lemon, garlic, miso, nutritional yeast, nut butter, and some spices. It makes a cheesy, salty dressing... mmm =)

Here's some of my recipes for dressings: Spicy Thai Sauce and Creamy Hemp Sauce. And this is my basic recipe:

Kale Chips: serves...?

3/4 cup cashews
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 T curry powder, or any other spicy powder you adore
1 T miso
Splash of Bragg's Liquid Aminos
Juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon salt and pepper
Clove of garlic, chopped
Water, as needed
2-3 bunches kale

Blend all ingredients - except kale - in blender until creamy and smooth. It should turn into a thick, delicious, saucy thing... unless you or I forgot an ingredient. Add other things to your liking. Set aside.
Wash kale and break into large chip sized pieces (they will shrink a lot). Put in your biggest bowl and throw in the sauce. Mix it in with your hands - this is surprisingly enjoyable - until all the pieces are evenly coated. Try one...

Yep. I know. You're gonna eat 'em all.
Now put them on dehydrator trays and dehydrate for a couple hours, or until they're crispy. If you don't have a dehydrator, just use the lowest temperature on your oven.


jessi@slotheatz said...

GAH kale chips. I need to make some!

Em von Euw said...

Hehe... yes. We all must make these! T'is a miraculously delicious and nutritious food.

Anonymous said...

haha!! I am so glad I am not the only one! One time, I had just a about a BIG salad's worth of kale left and decide to make some. By the time they were crispy, in the morning, there were about 8 left!! LOVE THEM!

Em von Euw said...

ahahaha yes... i have a problem >< there should be a kale-aholics anonymous.

Unknown said...

I tried this last night. Couldn't get the kale to crisp up (I used a regular oven). But DAMN! The goop was so tasty! Of course I ate it all anyway! Thx Em!

Unknown said...

I am obsessed with Kale as well-Every time I make it either in the pan,oven,blender I tell myself to add extra because its so darn good-can't stop eating it. My car and apartment door both rock "eat more kale" stickers!

DocVegan said...

OMG! Best stuff ever! Thank you for giving me a delicious thing to do with the rest of the kale not used as pesto. Yum!

Anonymous said...

Just tried baked kale chips, seasoned only with salt and nutritional yeast OH MY GOD how good are they!!!? It's a shame that were I live you won't find it neither in the market, nor in the supermarkets. Like, there isn't even a name for it in my language! We've tried growing our own but it's so small and all kinds of creatures are eating it in the garden :< Next time gonna try dehydrating!

Leslie said...

Good people, make these now! You will eat the sauce, you will eat the raw kale with the sauce, and you will stuff yourself on the final product. Awesome! This was my first time dehydrating kale chips and I liked that I didn't have to worry about burning them. What a tasty recipe!

Karla said...

My Lord!

I made these today... exactly as your recipe dictated...


...these crisps are AMAZING!

addictive is not the correct word...

Perhaps 'overwhelming' fits better?!

I can't stop eating them...

They have a power over me...

am now going to stock up on kale just to make theses again...

The topping is divine !!!!!

Thank you.


P.S. I used chilli instead of curry because I am a chilli freak... I am in heaven.

Karla said...

Just wanted to ask:

How long do you estimate these will last in a glass container... especially if some are not 'completely' dried?

I want to make them for my daughters birthday party in a weeks time...

Will they last (if I can prevent myself from eating them first)?

Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you


Em von Euw said...

Hm I think they are best fresh, personally. Try making them a few days in advance and they should be ok. You're the BEST MOM! xo

Annina said...

Hi Emily!
I too belong to Kale Anonymous. I am Nina, and I'm a Kale-a-holic. These look lovely! Question: if using an oven, how long do you cook the chips?
Thank you!

Anonymous said...

can you make these in an oven??

Em von Euw said...


Anonymous said...

Just made these exactly as recipe, except used tahini instead of miso.
Yes, ate the entire batch before sundown.
Thank you!!