Food Trend: Kale Chips — Get our recipe here!

Last week, Food and Wine tweeted that the infamous Anthony Bourdain is predicting that diners will be squealing for pig tale on their tables in 2013. But according to reports from this weekends Winter Fancy Food Show, the masses are craving something way less porky: kale chips.

We’ve grabbed bags of this trendy snack off the shelves to chomp on, but have always had a problem with added flavor like Ranch or Mustard and Tarragon, which sounds tasty but masks any evidence of freshness. Continually unimpressed, we decided to write our own recipe that would guarantee a light and crisp kale chip. We especially love that this DIY approach allows you to flexibly portion your kale — separate your bunch in half, bake one portion and use the other raw in salads (try with red onions, sliced apple, avocado, and a lime vinaigrette) or steamed as a side or stirred into a garlic mash.

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Healthy Honey Kale Chips by Rebecca Jean Catering

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Serves 6

1 bunch kale (curly, Russian, or dino kale)

whisk together
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup honey
1 tbsp Kosher salt

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a heavy baking sheet with parchment paper (don’t use wax paper).

2) Using your hands, tear the spine from the kale and rip into bite size pieces (not too small — the kale will shrink by 1/3 in the oven) Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a kitchen towel.

3) In a large bowl, drizzle kale with olive oil, honey, and salt mixture. Mix together with your hands to coat each piece evenly. Taste to assure a proper balance of salty and sweet — add more salt, oil, or honey to taste, if necessary.

4) Spread coated kale in a single layer on the baking sheet — this is crucial:  If your kale chips overlap, they won’t bake properly. Use a second baking sheet if needed.

5) Put kale in the oven and bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes, depending on moisture level. Turn over kale every 3-5 minutes to cook evenly. Remove chips that brown more quickly.

6) When fully baked, allow to cool approximately 3 minutes and remove carefully from baking sheet to avoid sticking.

What’s your favorite healthy snack? Let us know in the comments below!

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