Kale Chips, Three Ways

Kale Chips, Three Ways
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
6 servings

This recipe makes 6 servings, or about 3 cups.

Adapted from “One Dish at a Time: Delicious Recipes from My Italian-American Childhood and Beyond” by Valerie Bertinelli (c) Rodale 2012. Provided courtesy of Valerie Bertinelli. All rights reserved.




cups tightly packed kale leaves (from 1 bunch), center stems and any other thick ribs removed, each torn into several pieces
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano or Pecorino Romano cheese
cup pine nuts, toasted (see Cook's Note)

Seaside Spice

tsp seafood seasoning, such as Old Bay
⅛ tsp cayenne
Zest of 1 lemon


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 300ºF.

Step 2

Place the kale in a 2-gallon resealable plastic bag. Add the oil and shake and massage the kale to coat each piece entirely. Season with salt and pepper and shake again.

Step 3

Spread the kale in a single layer on 2 large baking sheets. Bake until the leaves become crispy, 22 to 26 minutes. If any leaves remain flexible (as opposed to a crisp crunch), return them to the oven for 2 minutes more. Allow to cool completely before transferring to a serving bowl or storage container.

Step 4

Follow the directions for the classic kale chips. Immediately after removing the kale from the oven, toss the leaves with the cheese and pine nuts until evenly incorporated throughout.

Step 5

Cook’s Note: To toast pine nuts on the stove top, put them in a dry skillet over medium heat and cook, stirring, until golden and fragrant. To toast them in the oven, spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast at 350ºF until golden and fragrant.

Step 6

Follow the directions for the classic kale chips. After seasoning the kale with salt and pepper, add the seafood seasoning and cayenne to the bag and massage into the leaves. Immediately after removing the kale from the oven, toss with the lemon zest.

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