Lately we have been drowning in a see a greenery which has resulted in … yep … salads. An adventure in a salad is a lot like a 15th level Paladin walking in on a room of 1st level skeletons. For the uninitiated — none whatsoever. However, there is sometimes a rare jewel that makes things interesting. A bauble that drops from nowhere and suddenly the mundane turns interesting. And so it is with kale chips of fire.
Typically I find kale unappealing. I’ve used it before. I’ve made soups with it. I’ve sauteed it. I’ve otherwise abused it into a form I would eat and hopefully digest. But this recipe makes all the difference in the world.
Preheat an oven to 350F. While it warms, remove the kale leaves from the stems and shred them into something resembling the size of your favorite chips. Reckon an amount that would cover a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and reserve the rest for another time. In a large bowl, toss the kale you plan to use with a light coating of olive oil, a dash of salt, perhaps a little pepper, and red pepper flakes (quantity of your choosing…). Spread on the parchment paper lined cookie sheet and place in oven. Bake for 10-20 minutes and keep an eye on them. The goal is to bake them until most of them turn brown.
Let them cool a bit and enjoy.
When I first made this, I got a little eager with the red pepper. As a result, I conjured a fire elemental to wander about the chips for awhile… and then in my glowingly warm belly. They were kicky, but they were good. And I vanquished them.