How to Cook Kale Chips

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How to Cook Kale Chips

1. Ingredients Needed

1 large bunch kale, tough stems removed, leaves torn into pieces (about 16 cups; see Note)

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

2. Pre-Heat Oven

Position racks in upper third and center of oven; preheat to 400°F.

3. Clean and Rinse Kale

If kale is wet, very thoroughly pat dry with a clean kitchen towel and transfer to a large bowl.

4. Season Kale

Drizzle the kale with oil and sprinkle with salt. Using your hands, massage the oil and salt onto the kale leaves to evenly coat.

5. Arrange Kale On Baking Sheets

Fill 2 large rimmed baking sheets with a layer of kale, making sure the leaves don’t overlap. (If the kale won’t all fit, make the chips in batches.)

6. Bake Kale

Bake until most leaves are crisp, switching the pans back to front and top to bottom halfway through, 8 to 12 minutes total. (If baking a batch on just one sheet, start checking after 8 minutes to prevent burning.)

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Kale with Apples and Mustard

Pork and chicken would be well-suited to this sweet-and-sour side dish.

Want to get the recipe? Click here: Kale with Apples and Mustard

Spelt Focaccia with Kale, Squash and Pecorino

Instead of using an excessive amount of cheese or meat, top the focaccia with tangy marinated kale, soft and sweet slices of winter squash and a few shavings of nutty, salty pecorino cheese.

Enticed? Grab the recipe here: Spelt Focaccia with Kale, Squash and Pecorino

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At the heart of the kale craze is a salty snack called kale chips. They are, quite simply, fantastic. Crisp, light and pleasantly salty, they're the perfect treat for a junk-food fanatic. One bite and all skepticism is blown away! Before you know it, you too will down a whole bowl.

And, the thing is, that's totally fine. Kale chips have half the total fat of their potato counterparts. The more kale chips you crunch on, the more cancer-fighting antioxidants you feed your body, the more vitamin A you flood your system with (promoting eye health and great skin), the more heart-healthy fiber you load up on. How many snack foods can boast that?

Learn how to make kale chips and learn a few other great classic kale recipes in our slideshow above!

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