How To Make Spicy Kale Crisps
Why I think this recipe is great
For a long time I've been looking for snacks to eat between main meals that are actually healthy because the majority of them are not. I did some research in to healthy snacks and eventually I came across 'Kale chips' which is a recipe that I have experimented with and modified. I really like these spicy kale chips because not only is kale incredibly healthy, they are like eating the unhealthy spicy crisps that we all love. This recipe will allow you to get the perfect, crispy texture that is so difficult to achieve. In my very first attempts at making kale crisps, I found that I was burning some of the kale leaves (because the oven temperature was too high) and the other leaves were quite soggy (because I had used to much oil). Here is what I needed to have done...
- Olive oil
- Cayenne Pepper
1. Pre-heat the oven to 140 degrees celsius (fan oven). The oven needs to be at quite a low temperature because the Kale can burn incredibly easily so a lower temperature allows you to have more control over this.
2. Grab two large handfuls of kale and remove all of the stalks so that you are left with just the leaves. Once you have done this, place the kale on a baking tray. Whilst this can be quite a tedious job, it is very much needed because the stalks are very tough and I find them unpleasant to eat.
3. Next you will need a bowl, some olive oil, cayenne pepper and some salt. Pour roughly two table spoons of olive oil in to the bowl and take a level tea spoon of cayenne pepper and mix it in to the oil. Depending on how spicy you would like the kale chips to be, you should add more or less cayenne pepper. If you are not a fan of cayenne pepper then it is not essential that you use it but bare in mind that the kale chips will not be spicy! Instead you could perhaps use ginger or simply no spices at all.
4. Once you have mixed the olive oil and cayenne pepper, dip your fingers and thumbs into the oil and massage/rub your fingers in to each kale leaf. This method helps you to avoid making the kale leaves to wet which will prevent them from turning out soggy. However, a little bit of oil helps to allow the cayenne pepper and salt to stick to the leaves. Once you have done this, sprinkle some salt over the kale for extra flavor.
Kale crisps final result
5. The kale is now prepared and ready to put in the oven. Put the kale into the oven for around 10 minutes. Due to the fact that the time period is so short, you have to keep an eye on the kale all the time because one minute they'll look fine and the next they'll be burnt. Once the kale feels and sounds crisp (you will be able to hear if the kale is crisp by just pressing on it) and looks like the image named 'Kale crisps final result', you can take them out of the oven and leave them to cool for about three minutes. You will also know that they are done because they will be a slightly darker green color in comparison to how they look in their raw state. Leaving the kale to cool for a few minutes will allow them to become even more crisp. The kale crisps are now ready to enjoy as either a snack or topping of a meal.