This past weekend I sent hubby out with a friend to go see Steve Miller at the Cape Cod Melody Tent. I decided there would be no better time to have a girls night in, then when hubby was out for the night. It also meant that I could finally try Kale Chips!
I had a whole menu planned for girls night. My specialty Spinach and Feta Quiche, Homemade Pasta Salad, and Kale Chips. I quickly realized that I did not have all the ingredients I needed for my pasta salad, so I switched that out for Jasmine rice. No worries (be happy).
As the kiddos bed time came around, I started working on the Kale Chips. I cut the kale away from its vine, washed it, spun dry it, and gave it a good EVOO massage. I was fluttering around the kitchen like Martha Stewart on amphetamines and turned my oven to 450 degrees. I laid the kale out in a single layer on the baking sheet, and sprinkled the greens lovingly with sea salt then tossed them into the oven. I wiped the sweat from my forehead (it was hot after all), set my oven timer for 30 minutes, and retreated back to a cooler spot in my house.
I don’t know what I was thinking, and I’m sure by now you caught onto the fact that I turned my oven on to roast, what is basically a flimsy leaf, for an entire 30 minutes (!!!!!!!!!)-but clearly my head was not right at the time.
A mere 15 minutes after roasting in the oven, my Kale Chips set afire, my house flooded with smoke, and all the kids in the house came out screaming that my air conditioners were on fire and we had to evacuate- STOP, DROP, ROLLLL! I killed the kale, I killed it dead and traumatized three children in the process.
I don’t have many fires in my kitchen, but when I do it often involves vegetables. How that all works out, I have not a clue. I love veggies, but I also like to set them on fire. I must have some underlying psychological issues. Maybe I was force fed my veggies as a child? Mom? Are you reading this?!?!?!
The end result of my most recent house fire leaves me without a single picture to share with you. I was too busy putting out the flames, and assuring the children we weren’t going to die. Kids, they are so dramatic sometimes!
If you want to make Kale Chips, don’t be like me. Don’t follow my directions. Nope, don’t do it. I also advise you against eating burnt Kale Chips. I tried them, they tasted like I inhaled an ash tray. What possessed me to try burnt Kale Chips? I don’t know that either. Again, I’m leaning towards unresolved psychological issues here.
Have you tried Kale Chips yet? What recipe do you use? I hear they are absolutely tasty when not ablaze!