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!

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!