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Kyo's Crispy Kale

submitted by willandleah on May-1-06
average rating: 4.0 (from 2 votes)
(this recipe is good for lunch/dinner/a snack)
(this recipe is suitable for vegetarians)
servings: varies

My friend Kyo showed me this very easy way with kale, and it's quickly become a standard around our house.  It's even good for those who claim to hate kale; the heat of the oven seems to bring out the brassica-ness of the kale, making it almost broccoli-like, nutty and good.  (Okay, maybe the Parm has something to do with that too.)
You have no idea how hard I had to restrain myself from spelling "crispy" with a "k" in the title of this recipe.

A bunch of kale
Olive oil
Parmesan cheese, grated

Preheat your oven to 375F.  Tear the kale into bite-sized pieces and wash and dry it in a salad spinner, but don't worry if the leaves are still a little damp -- somehow it gets crispy anyway. 

Spread these pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet.  Kyo drizzled hers with olive oil and then tossed them gently, but I got one of those fancy refillable oil sprayer bottles for Christmas last year and this is a great place to use it: spray all the leaves with a fine mist of olive oil until they are lightly coated.  Or do the same with the drizzling-tossing method. 

Then sprinkle the grated Parm evenly over the kale.  It should be a light dusting, not a heavy snowfall.

Bake in oven 10 minutes, or until kale is shriveled and crispy-looking, but still green.  It shouldn't take much longer than 10 minutes, so do keep an eye on it; once I left it too long and it was a brownish mess, very disappointing.

Serve as a side dish; it's especially nice with soup.

steveandsarah, May-16-06 01:29:42:
Excellent recipe. So quick, easy, and delicious. Not that I don't trust you guys, but I have to admit I was surprised it got so crispy....
willandleah, May-16-06 13:51:27:
Crazy, eh? I too was shocked at the crispiness the first time. Now I just crave it all the time!
laura, Oct-26-06 19:07:07:
Yesterday I received a big bunch of kale in my organic produce box. This was the perfect way to prepare it. Nutty, crunchy, amazing.
BTW, here in Houston there is a resatuarant called the Breakfast Klub that serves Katfish, Kappucino, and blessedly fried wings (with no K).

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