Here is a new twist on an old favorite: kale chips. As naturally low-carb, they are tasty and healthy and can be varied in numerous ways. My variation is tangy, yet slightly sweet savory treat spotted with delicious and nutritious sesame seeds.
Have these kale chips as snack or appetizer, munch them while watching a game or movie. Or crush them and sprinkle on soups and salads to give piquant flavor and crunchy texture.
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Tips for making these Sesame Mirin Kale Chips
Mixing the kale, spices and the oil should be done properly. Since kale leaves are pretty folded, you want to ensure that the oil and spices reach every nook and cranny. Luckily, kale leaves are tough, so you can rub and give proper massage to get everything mixed well without being afraid of breaking the kale.
After 10 minutes baking, it’s worthwhile to take a peek frequently to ensure that the kale chips don’t get too brown. There can be a few brownish kale chips here and there, but the majority should be of bright green color.
My experiments with these Sesame Mirin Kale Chips
I love the salt and vinegar kale chips recipe from Elana Amsterdam. I’ve done the kale chips more than many times and they are extremely tasty. The recipe uses only 1 teaspoon oil, but as a big friend of natural fats I’ve used 2 tablespoons oil to give more crispiness and flavor.
For a change, I wanted to try out different flavor and spice combinations and develop my own recipe. I pondered which flavors and spices go well together. I tried out for example mustard powder and finely grated Parmesan cheese, mirin and sesame seeds, garlic powder and ground espelette pepper.
Parmesan tasted good or bad depending on my mood. My first espelette pepper experiment wasn’t utterly satisfactory. I used too much pepper, the kale chips were far too spicy for my taste even espelette pepper is definitely not the hottest one in the world. The combination of sesame seeds and mirin was incredible, those two ingredients just went so well together. Mirin gave a hint of sweetness and the sesame seeds gave crunchiness and nutty flavor. So great with kale!
I also tried different fats: organic extra virgin olive oil, melted organic extra virgin coconut oil and melted organic butter. I found the flavor of melted butter to go well for example with garlic powder, but with mirin and sesame seeds the melted organic extra virgin coconut oil was definitely the best tasting fat.
Tips for variation
For fat, you can substitute melted butter or extra virgin olive oil for coconut oil. I’ve never seen a recipe using melted butter when making kale chips, but I tried it and it was very tasty.
You can naturally use your favored spices and what you have in your pantry. Here are some ideas:
- for fat: 2 tablespoons melted organic extra virgin coconut oil; for spices: 2 teaspoons organic curry powder, 1/2 teaspoons unrefined sea salt
- for fat: 2 tablespoons organic extra virgin olive oil; for spices: 1/2 teaspoon organic garlic powder, 1 teaspoon ground espelette pepper or chili powder to taste, 1/2 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
- for fat: 2 tablespoons organic extra virgin olive oil; for spices: 1/4 cup (60 ml) finely grated Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon mustard powder, 1/2 teaspoon unrefined sea salt. (NB. When using Parmesan, the baking time can be a couple of minutes longer. Keep your eye on the chips so that the Parmesan doesn’t turn too brown)
- for fat: 2 tablespoons melted organic butter; for spices: 1/2–1 teaspoon organic garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon unrefined sea salt.