October 30, 2009

Parmesan Crisps with Grains of Paradise {Powernap}

As I pointed out yesterday, the holidays are fast approaching. Along with having an ample supply of muffins and sweets on hand, it is also important to be ready to entertain. Cocktails parties are ubiquitous at this time of year, which is why I always have a stash of Parmesan Crisps at the ready. Easy to whip up at any time of day and tasty to a fault, they are perfect to serve anytime with a glass of wine, slice of salami and great conversation.

Every month my friends Cheryl, Ellise, Cathy and I get together do a fun Friday post with a common theme. Sometime we even do “offline” events too, like last month’s plateswap. Cheryl used a randomizer and assigned us each someone to send a fun plate to, a plate that we could use to serve our favorite foods to family and loved ones. Luckily, my friend Cathy, The Show Food Chef, sent me a gorgeous wooden platter (pictured above) that has already become one of my most favorite pieces. It is perfect for plating my parmesan crisps, which I’ll be doing a lot come party season. To help you prepare I’m serving up my recipe because it is a great one to have in your holiday entertaining repertoire. I have no problem making these during my daughter’s naptime. In fact, they are so easy that can be made in approximately 10 minutes prior to being served. I know my guests always enjoy these, and I am sure yours will, too.


Parmesan Crisps with Grains of Paradise


1 c. coarsley grated Parmesan cheese (use the largest shredding option on your box grater)
1 t. freshly grated Grains of Paradise (you can substitute fresh pepper if needed


1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Take one large tablespoon of cheese and place it on the paper. Spread it out so that it is a circle roughly 2 ½inches in diameter. Repeat with remaining cheese. (Note: to make mini crisps make them 1″ in diameter.)
3. Sprinkle each disk with a pinch of Grains of Paradise.
4. Bake for 4-5 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and golden brown. Remove from oven. Allow to cool for 2 minutes. Remove with a spatula and serve.

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