Kale Chip: Trick? Or Treat?

My scary food challenge for the week was Kale Chips. I have been wanting to make Kale Chips for quite some time now since they are “all the rage”, or so I hear anyway.

I have been scared to try making kale chips myself though. Not because I don’t like kale, obviously I like kale, I mean who doesn’t? But because of the process. I was scared they would turn out gross and then I would have wasted a bunch of time, not to mention ingredients I spent money on.

Soooooo I mentally prepared myself for this challenge. In the end, I was right to be scared. It was a huge time-taker-uper and they really didn’t turn out all that good. I mean, I ate them. But I wasn’t exactly falling out of my chair going oh my gosh these are so good, where have you been all my life!?

To be honest, this whole process has left me wanting to make a batch of peanut butter cookies. “For my boyfriend”. He he he. After all, why should he suffer through all my “veggie chip” trials?

I know I haven’t exactly sold the idea of baking your own kale chips, but here is the recipe anyway.

1 bunch kale, rinsed, leaves ripped from the stem and torn into bite size pieces (stems discarded)
2 red bell peppers, seeded
1/2 cup sesame seeds
3 teaspoons garlic juice (the liquid from the jar of minced garlic)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons raisins
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon olive oil

Place all the torn up kale pieces in a very, very large bowl. Line a couple baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a food processor, puree all the ingredients together, except for the kale, scraping the sides as needed. The mixture should be very smooth when done.
Pour the sauce mixture over the kale leaves and work it in to the leaves using your (clean) hands.

Bake at 200˚ for 75-100 minutes. This is where a food dehydrator would have been much better to use. I got impatient after 90 minutes and turned the oven up to 275˚ and then just watched them close to be sure they didn’t burn.

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Mix in a very large bowl.

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Spread on to baking sheets evenly.

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Finished product.

Now that the scary food of the week is behind me, I have other not scary recipes to share soon along with some other useful things.

Have a great week!

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