Kale? No, thanks.

This Saturday started out as most of our summer Saturdays do, with a family trip to the farmer’s market. Mild, tender lettuce and tomatoes were on the list for today. But Middle Sister has been wanting to try kale for some time, and I had a little cash left, so a head of kale went into the bag, too.

People keep telling me how awesome kale chips are, and how easy to make. I like a weekend cooking project, so we gave it a try. They certainly were easy – strip the kale from the stalks, toss with olive oil and seasoned salt, and bake at 350 on a cookie sheet for 10 minutes. Pretty fun!

My first hint that perhaps kale chips were not my thing came when we were about five minutes into the baking time. A really quite unpleasant odor filled the kitchen – reminiscent of cabbage, cauliflower, or broccoli (all veggies I actually enjoy). They looked relatively appetizing when they came out of the oven.

 

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At first I didn’t mind eating them TOO much. Crunchy and salty is good. I kept telling myself what a nice, healthy alternative to potato chips they were to have on my lunch plate.

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Survey of the rest of the family: The Husband – thumbs up. Middle Sister – thumbs up. The Boy – wouldn’t touch them.

I’m afraid the farty kale taste defeated me in the end. So I have to give it a thumbs down. Oh, well. Maybe next week we’ll try something a little more palatable for our experimenting – rhubarb/strawberry pie, perhaps?

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19 thoughts on “Kale? No, thanks.

  1. I tried for a whole summer, when we belonged to a CSA that gave us kale every week, to enjoy it.

    I tried everything.

    What I decided was kale tastes like dirt, no matter how I cook it. No more kale for my family. 😉 (the kids and hubby cheered!)

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  2. You are so funny!! I heard that kale had a bitter taste but last summer my friend made a kale salad and brought it to a BBQ and surprisingly, it was pretty good! (of course it was disguised in lots of other ingredients) I am impressed that you took the time to make kale chips 🙂

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  3. I love kale – sauteed or in mixed with other greens in salads. We get a lot of kale in our csa share and I’ve tried making kale chips several times and I HATE them! It tastes like burnt lettuce. No thanks.

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  4. I enjoy my kale sauteed with baby spinach, mushrooms and tomatoes in butter. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk two eggs with a little romano cheese and throw in the pan. Stir through until the egg is cooked.
    Haven’t tried kale chips so can’t really comment on that dish though. 🙂 Still rhubarb and apple sounds yummy too.

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  5. Oh, you have made me laugh! What a horrible idea!
    How about trying a rhubarb and vanilla crumble? (you might have to google the translation of that!) With custard. mmm-mm

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      • At least you had a salty, crispy version. Steam it and you just have portions of unchewable grossness. And, farting aside, the main side effect seems to be that it turns someone into a sanctimonious nightmare. Definitely best left alone.

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        • Hahahaha – that’s exactly how I feel about all those people who keep telling me what a wonderful snack it is. I don’t care how healthy you think you are, don’t lie to me about food! Although, now that I’ve tried it I’m not entirely sure kale IS food.

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