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Krispy Kale

Mrs. Samurai


Here’s a recipe that takes a vegetable my kids don’t like very much and turns it into something they actually get excited about - a rare find! Why do we want to eat kale? I happen to think it tastes great, but also... Dr. Mercola recently named kale as one of the top-ten superfoods we should all eat (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/09/10/top-ten-best-superfoods.aspx ) - here’s a fun way to get more of it in your belly!


1 large bunch of kale (if bunches are smallish, get 2)

olive oil



Preheat oven to 350 deg. You’ll need 2 baking sheets and 2 wire cooling racks that can sit on top of them.

Tear the leaves off of the stems and then into large pieces (2 to 3 inches, approximately). Wash and dry the leaves as best you can (a salad spinner works perfectly).

In a large bowl, toss the kale with a pretty good-size drizzle of olive oil and some salt, then spread it evenly on the wire racks placed on top of baking sheets. Bake for about 15 - 20 minutes until nice and crispy. The leaves will darken somewhat. Enjoy right away! As soon as I pull it out of the oven the Samurai and our 2 sons immediately come and stand around shoveling it into their mouths making disturbing crunching noises and leaving little kale crumbs around the stove. Not too pretty a sight, but I console myself with the knowledge that all those nutrients are gonna be good for them.

Serves about 4 - 5 in our house.


This recipe only seems to work with kale and its curly leaves. Any of the flat-leaved greens don’t crisp up properly. Also, be sure to use the wire racks - if you put the kale directly on the baking sheets, you would have to turn all the pieces halfway through the cooking to try to avoid sogginess - tedious!


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Sounds good and great idea for the kids. But to make it really appealing for us good ol southern "boys", ya need to batter 'em, deep fried 'em and serve 'em up with some hot sauce and brew. Not sure about the health benefits but if I need to satisfy my deep fried food craving, I'm certain it's healthier than a deep fried krispy kreme double cheeseburger.

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Durham, I think I gained a pound by just reading your comment! Although I grew up in the south, I've never been one to deep fry anything in my kitchen. Too much fuss and muss. I'll leave it up to the restaurants and the food booths at the fair!

Appl.tech - thanks for the encouragement earlier this year to post more recipes! I hope to be more regular about it now.

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How about one for some good, New Hampshire Rootin' Tootin' or Rip Roarin' Chili ?

Ah likes Chili ! Chicken Wings too !

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