Until recently, I'd never been able to wrap my tastebuds around kale. It's uber-nutritious, sure, but I've always thought it smelled like dirt. Literally.
Then, on one glorious evening last year, I went to a dinner party at my dear friend Lauren's house. She's an amazing cook. During grad school, when I was subsisting on Lean Cuisines and enough coffee to cause heart palpitations, Lauren was whipping up pear and gorgonzola tortes from scratch. Her food is awesome.
On this particular evening, she made kale chips. Like a small child, I wrinkled my nose and made the universal facial expression for "I'm grossed out." But she convinced me to try one, and...my life was forever changed. Those kale chips were delicious. I scarfed them down like they were Doritos. From that moment on, I was a convert. A zealot. I effing love kale chips now.
I've experimented with a few recipes over the last few months, and this is a new one. On my last trip to Whole Foods, I'd seen both spicy kale chips and garlic & onion kale chips, but they were both, like, $7 for a few ounces of green leafy awesomeness. I can't afford to spend $7 on something that will only last me two days, so I decided to do some experimenting. I wanted to combine the garlic and onion flavor with a bit of heat, because DC is supposed to get a wicked arctic blast this week, and spicy food warms me up when my coat only gets the job partially done. I threw some cayenne pepper, onion powder, and fresh garlic in with some olive oil, coated the kale, and was quite happy with the result.
Start with one head of organic green kale, cut into strips with the stems (largely) removed. If you're lazy like I am, you can use a clean pair of kitchen scissors.
1 t onion powder
1 t cayenne pepper
1/2 t sea salt
Crush 3-4 cloves of garlic into the spice mix and combine with 2-3 T olive oil
Once done, scarf them down straight off the pan - or box them up for a mid-afternoon snack at work (hence the lovely Tupperware containers below.)