building brands for creative businesses

bacon and maple glazed kale chips

Bacon and Maple Glazed Kale Chips

If you’ve been following my instagram at all over the past week, you will have noticed that I’ve been making some changes around the pinegate road maison. While I’m going to get into a lot of those changes in the upcoming weeks, I thought I’d indulge you in a creation that I’ve concocted over these trials. This recipe for bacon and maple glazed kale chips makes one of the most tempting snacks that I’ve ever had. When I made the first batch, I seriously stood over my oven and scarfed each and every one down before I could even stop myself. They’re really that good. On my second try I did a little documentation so that you fine folks could join me on my latest obsession.

When I first started making kale chips I turned to the always-trusty Smitten Kitchen.  When I tried these wonders I couldn’t get over them. The crunch, the taste, the vitamins! I couldn’t believe that these were real, and good for me. This recipe was an easy success and I quickly started to dream up devilishly foodie-crazed conceptions to make this staple something even more delicious, like that was possible. Enter my new love of bacon—I was a vegetarian for 10 years before a couple months ago—and a whole foods find that I was determined to use. That maple sugar is almost negative calories—which is code for the fact that it’s 18 calories per tablespoon and all natural. Crazy stuff!

Bacon and Maple Glazed Kale Chips:

Bake some bacon, and then prep your kale. Wash it, and then cut out the stems.

Bacon and Maple Glazed Kale Chips

Once you have your fancy pile of kale strips you can either choose to cut them up into chip-like sizes, or keep them in strips like I did for that dramatic effect when styling. Doesn’t everyone style their kale chips? Yeah, thought so.

Your bacon should be about done by now, and when it is, you want to take your baked bacon and smother your kale in it. If needed, rub your kale around on the pan that the bacon baked on to get some extra grease. I promise you’ll only be getting about one teaspoon of bacon grease of your kale in total, but it will be the spreadyest of spready bacon grease that you’ve ever encountered—hello new vocabulary. Once you’ve done a good mix up in whatever fashion you fancy, just make sure that your kale is shiny all over. I always end up doing a little massage on each leaf. I realize that’s a tad creepy, yes.

Bacon and Maple Glazed Kale Chips

Next, lay out that shiny goodness on the same tray that you baked the bacon on. Try to make one layer, but it’s ok if the kale does a little snuggling. Snuggling is always nice, don’t you think? After that goodness, sprinkle the kale with the maple sugar and a bit of sea salt. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Bacon and Maple Glazed Kale Chips

When these emerge out of the oven, please, try to contain yourself. Don’t be me, basically.

Bacon and Maple Glazed Kale ChipsBacon and Maple Glazed Kale Chips

All photography taken by Kelsey Cronkhite for Pinegate Road.

Leave a Reply

  1. maggie

    July 31st, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    LOVE this! so creative, kelsey. once i can get my oven (read: my own self) to stop burning my kale chips, i’m definitely going to try flavoring them.

  2. Kelsey

    July 31st, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Thanks Maggie! I have faith in you ;) Let me know if you create any other glazed concoctions! I’d love to try them out.

  3. Lisa

    July 31st, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    You’re good at food styling and photography too?? Come on Kelsey, stop hogging all the talent! :)

  4. Kelsey

    July 31st, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Well thank you for thinking it’s good! I’ve been doing photography on and off since high school, but this was my first stab at food styling! I guess I have a little of—correction, a lot of—my mother in me. She used to plan parties, and I grew up watching her meticulously style food my whole life. It was really fun to try this one out :) Hopefully more to come!

  5. natalie @ The SoHo

    July 31st, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Yum! I already love kale chips so I can’t wait to try this.

  6. Friday Link Love: The International Edition

    August 3rd, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    […] STYLE BLOG FROM POLAND, Oliwiora; PHOTOGRAPHY AND STYLE BLOG FROM SWITZERLAND, Bits & Bobs; BACON & MAPLE GLAZED KALE CHIPS, Pinegate Road; DIY FEATHER SHOE CLIPS, Ruffle Blog. Discuss: 0 […]

  7. IN REVIEW | july two thousand and twelve - PINEGATE ROAD | PINEGATE ROAD

    August 3rd, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    […] that little obsession with kale happened […]

  8. Callie

    January 30th, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    This looks ridiculously amazing!

  9. Kelsey

    January 31st, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    They were like the healthiest unhealthy thing I’ve ever put in my mouth ;)

  10. lately - PINEGATE ROAD | PINEGATE ROAD

    April 12th, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    […] everyone. I’m off to craft and read and to generally fill my brain with knowledge. Oh, and these happened again. Snacks […]

READY TO REACH NEW LEVELS WITH YOUR BUSINESS?

BUILD A BOOMING BRAND TEACHES YOU EXACTLY HOW TO FIND YOUR BRAND’S FOUNDATION, SO YOU CAN GET CRYSTAL CLEAR ON YOUR BUSINESS’ BIG PURPOSE.

LEARN MORE AND ENROLL NOW!

STRATEGY & DESIGN

EDUCATION

PURSUIT

COMMUNITY

                          we’re dedicated to helping our clients create beautiful brands that last, based on strategy, and a lot of love.

                               and fans of personal development, we provide courses that help you grow your business, and love your life.

                                      we believe in doing what YOU can to get the job done, now. At Pinegate, we believe in YOUR power to grow.

                                       we know business ownership and following your dreams can be tough. Join our community of go-getters!

work with pinegate road one-on-one to build your brand

enroll in our courses 
to build your brand
and grow your skills

learn more about our diy strategy-based web templates

join our community:
the creative cohorts

As a design firm,

As life-long learners,

As builders of this business

As cheerleaders of people,

SIGN UP NOW


JOIN THE NEWSLETTER

SENT OUT EVERY TUESDAY, STORIES ABOUT LIFE AND BUSINESS

Click below to join our newsletter, where our Creative Director Kelsey Cronkhite shares her stories and insights into running a creative business. Join us for this and more, every Tuesday morning.

SIGN UP FOR THE PGR NEWSLETTER

Where we’re all about the creative journey. Join host Kelsey Cronkhite every Monday for a new and inspiring episode all about life, creativity, and finding your place along the way.

SUBSCRIBE TO THE PGR PODCAST

©2011-2016 PINEGATE ROAD LLC.

JOIN US ON INSTAGRAM