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[Jul. 26th, 2008|09:37 pm]
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I strongly suspect that this recipe for Kale Crisps, which I clipped from the Isthmus last year and decided to try today, is not supposed to turn out an oily black color. The recipe says to bake 10-15 min. at 425-450; I took them out after 7:30 at ~435 and they were carbonized. I would suspect an overactive oven, except that I have a thermometer in there for exactly that reason. I would suspect a bad bunch of kale, except that it was gorgeous raw, and the rest of the bunch (which I cooked up in my usual way: parboil, drain, sautee in olive oil with salt/pepper) tastes yummy. That leaves me suspecting some kind of typo in the recipe.

The texture is neat (light and crunchy, dissolves in your mouth), but the flavor is...well...a little like I suspect eating cigarrettes would taste. Is kale related to tobacco? Or do leaves just taste a lot the same when they're burnt?

So, I've put kale on the shopping list again, and will try another time, maybe only cooking at 420 degrees for 5 min. or similar. In the meantime, I'm off to enjoy my sauteed kale.

[User Picture]From: devikat
2008-07-27 07:47 am (UTC)
Nah, you just have to watch it carefully... and turn the oven down a bit. Several cooks at my co-op make kale chips all the time. And they do get burnt on a regular basis. I think that it just reaches that done point very quickly...
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[User Picture]From: gwyneth1362
2008-07-27 01:42 pm (UTC)
Tristram and I were eating at a feast once, and they served fried spinach. I love fried spinach - done well, it has that same sort of light, crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth texture, and all the good flavor. Yum. I said so to T, and so we both got a big spoonful.

He tasted it before I did; turned to me with the fork still in his hand, and smiling in that sort of "don't let anyone else see that I want to spit this out" way said "Was that a joke?" I took a bite myself.

It was just nasty-burnt and carbonized. We choked down what we could, but really, it was gross. I still haven't convinced him that we should try it at home.
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[User Picture]From: goldfrog
2008-07-29 02:36 am (UTC)
I made those last year! And had the same issues. You have to watch them like a hawk - they go from soggy-looking to burnt and nasty in about 30 seconds, I swear. But the ones that turn out....ohhh....nummy! Worth it, even if you do have to set up a chair next to the oven to watch 'em.
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