A Recipe for French Kale Chips

Yes! The French eat kale chips. And here’s how to bring a French touch to your kale chips recipe. Read on!

These go great with Rosé, by the way.

These go great with Rosé, by the way.

So, I was working on a story for bhg.com on how to make kale chips, and I wondered: Do the French eat kale chips? Some searches revealed that yes, they do: They’re called croustilles de chou frisée, and they are, according to one site, de quoi grignoter sans cupabiliser (what to eat without feeling guilty).

The difference between French kale chips and American kale chips lies mostly in the seasonings. The terrific recipes on the BHG website had flavorings such as chile powder, salt-and-vinegar, wasabi, pepper, and Parmesan.

Fave seasonings for French kale chips: Piment d'Espelette, salt (fleur de sel, if possible), and pepper.

Fave seasonings for French kale chips: Piment d’Espelette, salt (fleur de sel, if possible), and pepper.

Some of the French recipes I perused also included pepper, parmesan, and salt; however I found a few that called on paprika fumé (smoked paprika), and even a couple that called on one of my favorite seasoning ingredients of all time: Piment d’Espelette. (What? You don’t know about Piment d’Espelette powder? Read all about, along with what else to use it for, in this blog post on Piment d’Espelette.)

So, I followed the bhg.com instructions for making Kale chips, and added about 1/2 teaspoon Piment d’Espellette….and came up with a fabulous snack.

And, by the way: This was the first time I’d ever made kale chips in my life…and probably only about the third time I’ve eaten them. I didn’t think I’d love them this much. So if you’re skeptical, consider giving them a go! You might, like me, become a fan.

Kale chips. Oven ready. On parchment paper.

Kale chips. Oven ready. On parchment paper.

To make French Kale Chips, hop on over the BHG.com recipe for Classic Kale Chips, and instead of the 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper called for, use 1/2 teaspoon Piment d’Espelette powder.

Enjoy!

 

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