I don’t get kale chips

Hey! Kale chips?

I’ve been hearing a lot about kale chips lately; they were in Bon Appétit, on Serious Eats, heck, my mom even called me to sing their praises. The technique is simple enough: toss stemmed kale leaves with oil, vinegar, salt and pepper and bake in a single layer at 350° for a half hour, until the leaves are crispy, like chips. I am a big fan of roasting vegetables in general and kale has been readily available at the farmers’ market, so this seemed like a great idea.

Having finally made kale chips, I can say they are most definitely not a great idea.  While they are crispy, the leaves are so thin that they don’t crunch in your mouth but instead turn powdery. The initial flavor of the chips is the earthy richness of greens, but the aftertaste is bitter (apparently bitterness is a sign of overcooking, but my kale was not browned). The combination of this bitterness with the powdery texture made any pleasure I might have had at putting the kale into my mouth quickly turn to regret. Contrast this to potato chips, where the end of a mouthful leaves me wanting more delicious potato chips. I have seen kale chips described as “guiltless potato chips”; I can see how that might be true since if you eat one you probably won’t want to eat another. I certainly didn’t.


«   »

4 comments on “I don’t get kale chips”

  1. Kevin 7 July, 2009 at 8:27 am

    You have over-cooked your kale. Don’t cook them until they turn brown, as I am sure you were left with a saw-dusty skeleton, but rather just until they start to look dry and slightly discolored. You need to give this another try!

  2. jane 7 July, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Nice idea, and I’d probably eat them, all of them, if presented to me (if sufficiently salted), but to me “chips” require some amount of fat.

  3. meg 22 July, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    yup. they’re gross. I don’t know why people go on about them. They are proud of the fact that they actually used their kale instead of letting it turn to black mush in their refridgerator. I have one kale recipe that involves hiding it in pork meatballs. Then kale is delicious.

    Posts linking to this post

  1. July 7 Morning Roundup « The Heavy Table 7 July, 2009 at 4:46 am

    […] recipe for Cafe Latte’s four-seed laden Dakota Bread, an aesthetic objection to kale chips from Tom of Martha and Tom, and a claim is laid for the perfect summertime meal, featuring Fat […]

Leave a Reply