In my last post, I described the Hawaiian-inspired dinner for two that I created. As I was visualizing the two dishes (a pineapple and soy sauce marinated pork tenderloin and cinnamon-sugar grilled pineapple) and the accompanying drink (a coconut and pineapple combination), it seemed that the meal might be a little too sweet. To balance the sweetness, I decided to make a side dish that had no fruit or sweetness. Also, as it was a late meal I wanted to make something that was light and quick to prepare.
Both of us love cheese, which makes an excellent contrast to fruit, so it seemed like a perfect ingredient in the side dish. With a refrigerator that always has an assortment of cheeses, I checked out my options. I found a block of Parmesan and wondered what I could create.
I am an eater who enjoys crunch in her meals, so I decided that I would combine the Parmesan with a few other ingredients, pop them in the oven for a few minutes, and make a fast and tasty side dish. The result of my experiment was a batch of Parmesan Crisps that both of us enjoyed. I plan to make them for the kids one day soon, as they, too, enjoy cheese and should find this to be a tasty snack.
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese, coarsely grated
- 4 tsp. flour
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Grease cookie sheet.
- In a small bowl, combine the cheese and flour.
- Add pepper to season.
- Place rounded tablespoons of mixture half inch apart on cookie sheet.
- Bake for approximately 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Serve immediately, or place on a cooling rack.
- Makes 1 dozen.