It should come as no surprise that I love chips — all kinds. This is a main reason why I never walk down the chip aisle at the grocery store unless I need something specific for baking or cooking and no other reason. It’s dangerous, y’all, and I’ve learned over the years that if chips don’t find their way into my home, I won’t eat nearly as many of them. (It’s practically scientific!)
It should also come as no surprise that being a chip lover, I would eventually attempt to make my own… especially if the recipe didn’t call for a vat of simmering oil and constant vigilance so as not burn my house down. … Hey! I am the girl who may or may not have accidentally caught the grill on fire a few years ago. And while I’ve come a long way since then, that experience still haunts me.
Just go with me here, y’all. There is a point to this story… promise.
This kale was undoubtedly one of the most glorious things given to us from our CSA this late fall/early winter. Again, kale was one of those things I’d never eaten before but heard a lot about, and when we were sent home with a ton of fresh kale, I wanted to do something different than steam it and sautee it, even though I’m sure it would have been glorious that way.
I whipped this treat up last week as a test, and it turned out so wonderfully that I’m sharing it with you today. The cayenne added some marvelous heat while the sesame seeds and oil were a perfect coating for the kale without overwhelming the green, allowing it to crisp up quite perfectly.
Not too shabby for a mid-week experiment, huh?
- 7 cups fresh kale, cut into 1-1 1/2" strips
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- In a large bowl, combine the freshly cut kale and oil, stirring together using a spoon until all pieces are coated.
- Pour the kale and oil onto parchment paper on a pan, spreading out until all pieces are visible.
- Sprinkle salt, cayenne pepper, and the sesame seeds onto the kale.
- Bake for 45 minutes, then turn off the oven and bake for another 20 minutes.
- Once all pieces of kale are crispy, pull out of the oven and eat while warm!
Have you ever made your own chips? Would you try it now?