if you have some parmesan cheese and 5 minutes, you can make these parmesan crisps. i had seen this kind of thing made on the food network before, and i wanted to see if it’s really as easy as it looks. turns out, it is. these little crisps are light, crunchy, and full of unadulterated parmesan cheese flavor. i sprinkled a bit of black pepper on top, which was a great counterpoint to the saltiness of the cheese, but you could just as easily make them plain, or top them with other spices. they make an excellent fun-to-eat snack, and the lace-like pattern gives them an elegant flare. they can also be dipped in soup, served with salad, or made into little bowls for a fun appetizer.
if you have 5 minutes and some parmesan cheese, you can make these crispy and elegant little treats!
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese*
- a bit of ground black pepper, for sprinkling (optional)
- preheat the oven to 400°f and line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.**
- drop tablespoons of cheese onto the baking sheet, leaving a few inches between each one - i found that 6 mounds of cheese at a time worked well. using the back of a spoon, gently flatten each mound of cheese into a circle about ¼-inch thick. don't worry about making them look perfect! sprinkle a bit of black pepper over each circle.
- put the baking sheet in the oven for 4-6 minutes, until the crisps are golden at the edges. take them out of the oven and let them cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet. they will crisp up as they cool. move them to a paper towel to drain any excess oil that came out of the cheese, and you're good to go!
**another thing a lot of recipes say is that you must use a silpat. i don't have one, so i used a baking sheet lined with parchment, and the crisps came off beautifully. but again, this probably depends on the moisture level in your cheese, so be careful.
if you want to make little parmesan crisp bowls, then immediately after taking these out of the oven (while they are still pliable), drape them over the bottom of a thin glass or the bottom of a muffin cup - they will wrap around it to form a bowl, and once they are cool, they will keep that shape!