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52 Weeks of Baking: Cheese Chips

A few years ago, while cleaning out my cheese drawer, I decided to shred up all the leftovers and bake up a batch of cheese chips. Cheese chips are essentially mounds of cheese heated at a temperature low enough to melt them, but high enough to change the cheese from chewy to crispy. The end result is a delicious snack that pairs well with a crisp salad. Oh and did I mention that it's ridiculously simple and only takes about 5 minutes to whip up? To figure out how to make your own cheese chips,


Parmesan Cheese Crisps

Note: Parmesan can be replaced with other cheeses, however try to find one with low oil content. For example, Swiss will not work as it is too oily and will result in a pool of goo. Experiment and see what works best for you!

Ingredients:
Parmesan cheese (shredded, 1 tbsp per chip)
cayenne pepper, paprika, black pepper (all optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Using a tablespoon measuring spoon, scoop out cheese and place into mounds on baking sheets lined with silpat or parchment paper. Note: I recommend parchment paper, as it picks up a little bit of the grease.
  3. Using the back of the spoon, flatten mounds into discs.
  4. If desired, sprinkle with fresh ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, or your favorite spice.
  5. Bake for 5 minutes, or until cheese is golden brown and slightly crispy.
  6. Remove from oven, and let cool for a few minutes. Move to serving dish. Enjoy!

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Food Food 8 years
great tip bonne! also, you can mold them over the back side of a muffin pan if you're having a hard time with it folding over itself in the muffin pan.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
huh! i would never have thought to do this
beks78 beks78 8 years
I love, love, LOVE these. Especially made with parmesan cheese and cracked pepper. They are a great addition to soup as well as salad.
craving_vintage craving_vintage 8 years
Thank you for the tip, Bonne. :)
Bonne Bonne 8 years
When they're warm, mold them into a muffin pan and make a little dish for salad.
craving_vintage craving_vintage 8 years
Yummy! I'll have to try these. Love cheese and love chips. LOL And I might have to have them with a caesar salad like pidgeyoki did. :)Thanks!
screammylungzout screammylungzout 8 years
cool- i've never heard of these. and cute new pic in the top yum-i guess i need to go online more!
LauraK LauraK 8 years
I made this tonight after reading the post and even had my roommates try them. We all liked them but I may have used too much cayenee pepper, they were really too hot to handle. Next time I'll try another spice and/or less cayenne pepper. Oh and 5 min. at 325 worked perfectly!
saffy1227 saffy1227 8 years
yum
Food Food 8 years
Aucune - I have a lot of success with 325F, but just keep an eye on them if you're unsure. Depending on your oven you may need more or less time too! Good luck, they're really easy to make!
samshrew samshrew 8 years
yay cheese chips!
AucuneRancune AucuneRancune 8 years
These are probably so bad for you that I almost wish I didn't have this recipe... but now that I do, what temperature do you suggest cooking them at? :)
pidgeyoki pidgeyoki 8 years
i am totally going to make these....i had one on a recent trip - it was a parmesean cheese chip on a caesar salad. genius!
rainonme224 rainonme224 8 years
Even I could make these! These sound so yummy!
bfly1133 bfly1133 8 years
I always plan on making these, but I never do. Maybe I will have the inspiration to do it now. :)
AlliJean AlliJean 8 years
These are good and so simple! I like to throw some fresh rosemary in mine.
crispet1 crispet1 8 years
How awesome. I always enjoy a good Parmesan crisp out at a restaurant. Now I can be fancy at home!
rbex rbex 8 years
Looks yummy! And can also be healthy with the right cheese. I am definitely going to make these really soon!
rb24 rb24 8 years
I made these similar for my mom and bro on top or mashed potatoes it was yummy
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