Kale and Chocolate Combined at Last!


Since starting this blog, I have been challenged to find a recipe, which combines my two favorite ingredients to form something nummy.  I am pleased to say I have done just that:
I can’t say the idea came straight from my own culinary creative mind.  Rather, I was recently inspired while perusing a cookbook published by one of my all time favorite actresses, Gwyneth Paltrow.  As it turns out she is a zealous kale fan as well (which in discovering, only increased my level of nerdy fan-ness, first nurtured by her performance in Emma).
In the book I was pleased to find a handful of kale recipes, including a simple recipe for kale chips.  I have to admit, I did a double take at the thought of this.  But at second glance,  I was pleasantly surprised with the idea: a homemade, healthy, preservative-free, chip!  This is a GREAT recipe to help cut calories that are usually wasted on normal potato chips.  The best part?  You can actually pronounce all of the ingredients in these chips, unlike 80% of packaged chips.  So give it a try.  It’s FAST, CHEAP, EASY, HEALTHY, and DELICIOUS!    Not to mention, this may be the BEST way to introduce your kids and/or spouse, to kale.  It’s something they (and perhaps you) will want to eat as opposed to have to eat.   
1 bunch kale (I like curly kale. It crispifies even better, to give that authentic potato chip crunch)
1 tablespoon olive oil (don’t be too generous otherwise the leaves will become soggy.  No one likes a soggy chip!)
Sea salt, to taste  (If you’re not used to the taste of kale I’d recommend using a seasoning salt/herb mixture to match what your mind says a “chip” should taste like)
1/4 c melted dark chocolate
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
2.  Remove the leaves from the thick stems  and tear into chip size pieces. Wash and completely dry the kale.
3.  Toss kale with olive oil in a bowl and sprinkle with sea salt.
4.  Bake for 15 minutes, or until crisp.
And now for the best part:
5.  Drizzle melted chocolate atop the kale chips. Sprinkle with additional salt, or if you’re feeling particularly spicy, a dash of chili powder.
If you opt to use seasoning salt rather than sea salt, probably best not to drizzle with chocolate.  I’d say either/or, but not both.
Try it, enjoy, and feel free to let me know what you think.