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Parmesan Crisps

Parmesan Crisps with ThymeEntertaining can seem like a daunting task whether it’s your first time or 100th!  The key to any successful party is in the planning.  When I plan a dinner party its roots are usually based on a country we have been to and have enjoyed the food.  From there I start thinking about what I’d like to serve, where some of the food will be consumed and what libations will accompany the food.  I make a list…it’s the crucial part of making an evening end well.   My to-do list shows the menu, notes jotted down, food I need to buy, table settings etc. all of which helps me stay organized.  Without my list, things can go astray or get totally forgotten. Last weekend I thought it would be nice to re-visit Italy in the comfort of our home (it was just the two of us!).  The evening started with a local sparking wine and these Parmesan crisps.  The pre-dinner sparkler (aperitivo) was a perfect match to the crisps.  I made some as crisps and a few as baskets which I lightly filled with smashed avocado and lime juice (ok, not so Italian but I needed to use up the avo before it spoiled).  Parmesan crisps are pretty with their lace-like design, delicate, simple to make, and so delicious.  These will be a definite hit at your next soirée.

Makes around 24 crisps
2 cups grated Parmesan
1 to 2 tablespoons fresh thyme (or fresh sage, finely chopped)

gratedparmesanthymecollagePreheat oven to 325f. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a non-stick liner. In a bowl combine cheese and thyme and spoon tablespoons of the mixture onto the baking sheet. Make sure to leave about two-inches of space in between cheese mounds. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until melted and bubbling. Let Parmesan crisps cool slightly before gently removing with a thin spatula. Remove the crisps to a chopping board lined with paper towel (to absorb any oil from the cheese). Cool completely before storing in an airtight container – using waxed paper in between the layers.

gratedparmesanthymecrispsThe Culinary Chase’s Note:
   Don’t let the crisps get brown or the cheese will end up tasting bitter.  Serve the crisps alone, with a salad or if you’re feeling adventurous, make baskets and fill with your favorite cheese filling. To make the parmesan basket, while crisps are still warm and pliable, gently remove with a thin spatula and press each of the crisps over an upturned mini muffin pan, glass, or any small cup to form a basket.  Enjoy!

Parmesan Crisps
 
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Parmesan crisps are pretty with their lace-like design, delicate, simple to make, and so delicious. These will be a definite hit at your next soirée.
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Recipe type: crisps
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 24 crisps
Ingredients
  • 2 cups grated Parmesan
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh thyme (or fresh sage, finely chopped)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325f. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a non-stick liner. In a bowl combine cheese and thyme and spoon tablespoons of the mixture onto the baking sheet. Make sure to leave about two-inches of space in between cheese mounds.
  2. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until melted and bubbling.
  3. Let Parmesan crisps cool slightly before gently removing with a thin spatula. Remove the crisps to a board lined with paper towel (to absorb any oil from the cheese). Cool completely before storing in an airtight container – using waxed paper in between the layers.
Notes
The Culinary Chase’s Note: Don’t let the crisps get brown or the cheese will end up tasting bitter. Serve the crisps alone, with a salad or if you’re feeling adventurous, make baskets and fill with your favorite cheese filling. To make the parmesan basket, while crisps are still warm and pliable, gently remove with a thin spatula and press each of the crisps over an upturned mini muffin pan, glass, or any small cup to form a basket. Enjoy!

 

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