A cheap, tasty treat that anyone with an oven can make is roasted kale! It is ridiculously good and unbelievably easy to make.
You will need:
- 1 or 2 bunches of kale (they shrink down a lot)
- olive oil
- sea salt
- rice vinegar (optional)
Turn the broiler on in your oven. Thoroughly wash the kale and let dry. Cut the stalk out of each kale leaf (running up through the middle of each). Cut up the leafy parts and put in a mixing bowl. Drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil over the mixture. A little goes a long, long way. Even a tablespoon might be too much for some people. Very modestly sprinkle some sea salt into mixture. I also enjoy adding rice vinegar; just a touch! Again, a little goes a long way; i’d do less than a tablespoon. If you opt for this step, I wouldn’t even put salt on it. The salty taste can be very overpowering!
Mix contents of the bowl with a spatula or large spoon until all leaves are evenly covered. Some people prefer to put the ingredients in a large ziplock bag and shake it until evenly dispersed; a pretty good method but I never have those bags in my house. Spread contents onto a cookie sheet.
Broil the kale for 5 minutes on one side. Remove from oven and carefull flip the kale over. It browns very quickly so you might want to move the darker pieces to a different place on the sheet to get the most even cooking. Broil for another 5 minutes.
They shrink up quite a bit! This is why I recommend preparing 2 bunches of kale. Looks a little pathetic, doesn’t it?
It is OK if some pieces are more green or brown than others. They are all tasty. As with all recipes, the more often you make this quick snack, the better you will be at gaging how you like it. Some people like more or less oil, vinegar, etc. Find out what is perfect for you!
Last photo courtesy of Kalyn’s Kitchen.