Monday, March 26, 2012

RECIPE: Herbed Parmesan Crisps

There are times when nothing but some crunchy, salty, crispy snack will do. I had one of those cravings the other day. I remembered making parmesan "chips" several months ago, so I decided to experiment ... again. I'm pretty sure this will be a repeat performance snack over and over again in our household ... I hope you will agree!
1/2 cup Fresh grated (not shredded) Parmesan Cheese
your favorite herbs (pepper, dill, italian seasonings, greek ... You choose!)
Olive Oil spray
1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
2. Spray a light coat of olive oil on a cookie sheet. If you have a Silpat, use it. They work great for this!
3. Spoon 1 tablespoon of parmesan cheese on the pan, spreading it fairly thin. Repeat until you don't have any more room on your pan - Be sure to leave at least 1 inch between the crisps in all directions. (I also made some about the size of a half-dollar for snacking. They were wonderful, too!)
4. Lightly sprinkle the parmesan with your favorite seasonings. I ised a Greek seasoning, Italian seasoning, and Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute. No need to use any salt as the parmesan will be plenty salty without any extra.

5. Bake on the center rack for 3 - 5 minutes. Be sure to watch them and pull the out when they are light golden brown. They will continue to pop and sizzle for a short time after you remove them from the oven.
 (The little crumbly bits are great as seasoning on salads, so don't throw them away!)
6. Repeat process until you have as many as you need/want. Trust me ... They will go fast!
They are wonderful served with salads or spicy dishes!

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