The other day my friend Sarah (she’s a faithful reader too! Hi Sarah!) mentioned to me that she had bought some kale. “You know,” she said, “it’s all about kale these days.” I did not know. I must have missed that memo. Anyway, she went on to say that she had roasted it and it was delicious. At this point, I was listening politely thinking- “UGH, no thanks,” when suddenly I thought I heard her say that kale roasted tasted almost like potato chips. “Huh? Wait, POTATO CHIPS! Did I just hear kale and potato chips in the same sentence? Now she had my attention. So, because I will do anything for a good potato chip-let alone a healthy alternative to one- and because I am committed to my edgy veggie experiment, I went out and bought kale yesterday.
I brought my kale home- and with apologies to kale lovers everywhere-I must admit that it did not look like something that would taste good. It definitely looked like something that would be good for you though. Funny how that “taste good/good for you” correlation seems to work inversely. Anyway, I made my kale like this and popped it into the oven to crisp.
Meanwhile, my husband Tad came home and was immediately suspect of the idea of kale as a vegetable in any form, let alone as one that receives billing as a potato chip alternative. “Yeah, and I’ll sell you the Brooklyn Bridge. What else is there?’ he asked. “Oh ye of little faith!” I chided him, and then, I assured him that there was also a salad. So, as I pulled the baking sheet out of the oven, I was invested. If this was awful, I would not hear the end of it for a while. The kale was deep green and brown and very crispy. I took a bite and was oh, so surprised and happy. While saying that it tasted like potato chips might be a reach, it was delicious. We all loved it! Of course my children did not know what they were eating- remember, this is the house of food PR- they just thought that the Krispy Krunchies were great!
So, a big shout out to my friend Sarah for the edgy veggie tip! And, I must concur; it is all about kale these days!