What happens when you put parmesan cheese in the oven? Beautiful, tasty, addictive Parmesan Lace Chips. That’s what.
One of the ingredients I always have in my fridge these days is Parmesan Cheese (or its very similar cousin ‘Grana Padano’). Sometimes I sprinkle it on my pasta, but I usually end up cutting off a chunk or two as a snack while I’m cooking. Supposedly it’s a good cheese that’s easier to digest and high in protein, but honestly I just like the way it tastes!
As I child we always had parmesan cheese on hand. Of course it wasn’t really parmesan cheese, but rather a green plastic cannister of white snowy flakes made by Kraft. My sister and I would dump mounds of it on top of our spaghetti and meatballs, hitting the bottom of the can until it unclumped it self and came snowing out.
Unfortunately that snow stuff wasn’t really parmesan cheese. At least not by Italian standards. In fact, recently Italians have been fighting pretty hard for both domestic and foreign producers to stop calling fake parmesan cheese parmesan cheese. The name is protected by industry laws that state only cheese produced in a certain way and made in a designated area in Italy can be called “Parmesan”.
I remember once when I was flying into Bologna on an Lufthansa/Air Dolomiti flight they served us big chunks of parmesan cheese as our inflight snack. I couldn’t believe it. Instead of peanuts or pretzels, they were serving us D.O.P. locally made Parmigiano-Reggiano. Best. Airplane Snack. Ever.
So in honor of last week’s Italy Challenge (SAY CHEESE), I’m cheesin’ things up a bit and gettin a little creative in the kitchen – which means making chips out of cheese. Pretty, lacy chips. How cool is that?
Okay so I can’t claim all the credit – I’ve seen this recipe several times on the Food Network. I’m merely re-sharing it because it’s just so cool. Like a science experiment (a really EASY science experiment) that brings some pizazz to your dishes.
You can add these chippies to your salad, on top of pasta or simply eat them as a snack (my boyfriend ate almost all of them before I could use them for anything else). Your guests will be oohing and ahhing all over the place.
Parmesan Lace Chips
Makes 12 chips
3/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, or if you have a silicone baking sheet, use that (I used a cupcake tin and lined that with paper baking cups, but I found that the paper stuck a ltitle to the bottom of the chips, so if you have the silicone baking sheet, it’s best!).
Sprinkle a spoonful of parmesan cheese onto a baking sheet and use the back of a spoon to flatten and shape. Space the chips about 1/2 inch apart so they don’t stick to one another.
Bake in oven for about 2-3 minutes until golden and crispy. Allow to cool before using.
- I like to make a few extra than what I actually need in case they break or stick to the pan.
- You can also add other ingredients like freshly ground pepper, basil, chives, or other herbs and spices.