Maxwell was lucky to be part of a kale chip making project a few nights ago — very un-meat, eh? — when he was visiting an apartment being photographed for his upcoming book. He came home, barely put his briefcase down, and started rummaging through the fridge asking "do we have any Kale? I want to make chips!"
"Sure, you know Dana posted a Kale Chip recipe in November." But this is a man who likes to do things by the book and said he wanted to make the exact chips he'd just had. "Trust me," he said.
After about five minutes of prep and fifteen in the oven, we had a bowl full of crispy kale chips. The three of us (the two and a half year old included) sat down and had the bowl licked clean of kale chips in less time than it took to prepare them.
The difference between this recipe and the previous is the vinegar. I like the extra bite the vinegar lends to the chips and would encourage you to try it both ways. I might even try it with a heavier vinegar like balsamic, or even rice vinegar and add a sprinkling of sesame seeds along with the salt. There are a lot of possibilities.
We have Stacie Billis to thank for the inspiration. Stacie is an owner of Chow Baby, an organic baby food company based in NYC and the recipes on her blog are all catered toward cooking for children.
adapted from Stacie Billis at ChowMama.com
1 bunch organic kale, torn into 1/2″ pieces
3 tablespoons organic olive oil
1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons sea salt
Preheat oven to 400° F. Whisk oil and vinegar and toss kale in the dressing until thoroughly coated.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place kale on sheet in a single layer and sprinkle with salt.
Bake for 15 minutes or so, until crispy.
• Check out Stacie's blog for recipes and tips for cooking for kids at ChowMama.com and the ChowBaby baby food website.
More Kale Recipes:
• Kale Salad with Pecorino and Lemon
• Slow-Cooked Cavolo Nero