Dragon Skin (Crispy Kale Chips)
This is actually the name my daughter calls this, a friend of hers brought it to school and I experimented with a few ways to make it finally settling on the following as the most simple, fast, least messy and the one that should keep it pretty healthy. The first time I made this for the kids Eva jumped right in, but it wasn’t until Eva explained to Nolan that it was Dragon Skin that he decided it was a pretty cool thing to eat.
Eva knows it is just kale, but I am pretty sure Nolan is relying on plausible deniability to keep his no veggie street cred and doesn’t acknowledge the connection between the green leafy thing I put in the oven and the yummy crispy treat that comes out.
This is super easy to do and a great snack for lunches or just for after school. I have been bringing some to work for me as well.
Kid Involvement Level ***
Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
Cook Time: Depends on the amount you are making, but I generally put it in the oven and then do other stuff while I am waiting.
Kale (you can use any kind you like)
Olive Oil (enough to slightly coat the kale, I usually start with less than I think I will need and then add until coated)
Salt (to taste, and you can always sprinkle some on afterwards)
Pepper (to taste)
That is it, Really!
note: you can add other flavors like garlic salt, cayenne, or a little squeeze of lemon juice
1. Preheat oven to 300 F
2. Rinse kale to remove any dirt and allow to dry completely
3. Peel leaves from thick rib up the center. I generally fold the leaves over and pull the stem from the rib. The rib stays pretty chewy and adds a bitterness the salt can’t quite cut through.
4. Put leaves in a large mixing bowl and add oil, salt, pepper, and any other flavors you wish to add and toss to coat the leaves. (if you use a liquid add a very tiny amount to avoid a soggy end result)
5. Lay out the leaves in a single layer on a baking sheet (you can tear into smaller pieces if you wish).
6. Bake for 8-10 minutes (depending on your oven) or until just crispy (any longer and they start to get more bitter).
7. Allow to cool, dig in.
note: you will see recipes that tell you to turn them half way through…this seems like more work than the benefit you will get.