TGE Recipes: Flying Fish Kale by Jake and Dena (Flying Fish Cove)
Welcome to TGE Recipes, a place where our favorite bands share the secrets straight from their kitchens. Think your favorite cooking show except on a purple blog. Today we welcome Jake and Dena of Flying Fish Cove.
Preheat your oven to 400F.
Get out a large cookie sheet and throw some foil on it. Get one full bunch of green or purple kale - but not the dinosaur stuff, use the wrinkly kind. Now, separate the leaf from the stem and tear into 2-3 inch strips.
If you really want it to be good, spend a few minutes massaging the raw kale. You can use something like a tenderizer or a fork, or just your hands. You want to break down the cell walls a little bit and let it breathe, but don't smash it up too much.
Toss the kale in a large bowl with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and spread the kale out on the cookie sheet.
Now I will season the kale with coarse salt, chili powder or paprika. Something red or smoky. You'll know how much to use. You can also try nutritional yeast if that’s your jam. Mix it up a little bit and try to have everything evenly spread out. Small pieces alone on the edge might burn a little bit that's not so bad.
Squeeze some lemon juice all over the kale and toss it in the oven.
Check on the kale in five minutes and give it a little mixing and flipping. Now the rest is up to you.
After ten minutes it should be cooked and delicious, but the window where it becomes crispy but not yet burnt is a small one. There is no perfect amount of time to cook it, every bunch of kale has a mind of its own and you have to work it on its own terms. Dena likes the kale half crispy and half soft, but you can go all the way crisp if that’s your style.
When you find the kale is at your liking, remove from the oven and let it cool a minute - transfer to a paper towel if you want the extra oil absorbed. You may be planning on adding this to your dinner plate, but because it cooks quickly and is so delicious you're likely to eat it all right off the tray long before dinner is ready!
When the actual dinner is done, sprinkle the leftover kale chips on top, then sit down and watch Riverdale.