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Fri May 23, 2014, 10:32 PM

Kale chips are the best thing ever, so I made some.

I adore these: http://www.soap.com/p/alive-radiant-foods-cheezy-chipotle-kale-krunch-2-2-oz-1004986 but they're freakin' expensive, even when they're on sale. So I figured I should learn to make my own, because if there's something that healthy that I like I should find a way to eat more of it.

http://www.thekitchn.com/snack-recipe-cheesy-and-vegan-kale-chips-179037 is a pretty close recipe, but it doesn't have the spicy element, and I don't think it has enough cheese mix for the amount of kale (maybe my grocery store has a comparatively generous idea of what constitutes a bunch of kale?) So I doubled the cheese sauce ingredients, which did one bunch with just a bit left over. I added generous dashes of smoked paprika, chipotle powder, and cayenne (the prepared product doesn't have the paprika, but it was a nice addition.) The prepared product has smoked salt and chia, but I didn't add those because I don't have them on hand. I didn't miss them, fwiw.

A bunch of kale makes A LOT of kale chips. Which is good because I ate A LOT of kale chips. And they were freakin' delicious. And scandalously cheap.

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Reply Kale chips are the best thing ever, so I made some. (Original post)
LeftyMom May 2014 OP
flvegan May 2014 #1
LeftyMom May 2014 #2
flvegan May 2014 #3
LeftyMom May 2014 #4
LeftyMom May 2014 #5

Response to LeftyMom (Original post)

Sat May 24, 2014, 01:50 PM

1. It's like I don't even know you.

Kale? Vile weed. Blech.

Maybe slathered in bbq sauce.

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Response to flvegan (Reply #1)

Sat May 24, 2014, 01:57 PM

2. It's good when I make it.

Everything is good when I make it. You should know that by now.

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Response to LeftyMom (Reply #2)

Sat May 24, 2014, 02:01 PM

3. Mm, doubtful.

It's still kale. Likely makes a fine compost though.

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Response to flvegan (Reply #3)

Sat May 24, 2014, 02:03 PM

4. Everything is good with a spicy cheese sauce on it, silly.

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Response to flvegan (Reply #3)

Sun May 25, 2014, 06:11 PM

5. Okay, I'm going to let you in on a secret to make up for the kale.

Even though kale is super healthy and really good and I don't understand you. But you also hate carrots so I think you're just wrong about some things.

Anyway, you need chili oil, popcorn kernels, garlic powder, smoked paprika (put this on everything,) cayenne and nutritional yeast. Oh, and a bottle of canola oil spray or a oil sprayer with more chili oil in it (if it's the latter option be super careful not to pepper spray yourself.)

Using the chili oil* in the bottom of a big pot make popcorn.

Put a small amount of the popcorn in a bowl, spray lightly with oil so spices will stick, sprinkle on first the spices and then the nutritional yeast. Do this every few layers until you have a bowl of delicious spicy, cheesy popcorn.

Eat.

If you want still spicier popcorn shake some tabasco into the oil before you pop the popcorn. Be careful of the steam for the above-mentioned self-pepper-spraying reason.

*If you don't have chili oil here's the recipe: Buy a big bag of dried peppers in the mexican section at the grocery store. Crush them up so you maximize their surface area. Put them in a pot, just cover them with a neutral tasting oil like canola. Warm slowly so that the aromatics go from the chili to the oil without burning. When it's orangey red you're done.

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