Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Adding "Snap"

"Snap" in this instance meaning that little exta you put into "company food" - like a handful of popcorn tossed across a serving of tomato soup or a few sprigs of cilantro arranged like a bouquet across one side of the guacamole..It just means that little extra that makes it visually or tastefully "better."

Unfortunately, it's not a Good Example addressing you here.  I have come across recipes for Parmesan Crisps at least three times, always remarking on how good they look, how easy they are to make.  And have never actually stirred my stumps, waddled into the kitchen and made some. 

But in the new  Food & Wines 2012 cookbook ( page 16 made me jump back.  It was a photo of Parmesan Crisps looking reproachfully up from the page.  As in "How come you don't like us?  We're good, we're easy to make ..."

6 T freshly-grated Pamegiano-Reggiano cheese
1 1/2 T sweet butter, softened
1 T plus 2 teas. all-purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 400, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
Make the dough, roll it into a tube (any thickness you want) and then cut slices and put them on the parchment paper, kind of flattening them on it. 

Put the pan on the bottom rack of the oven and bake for 3 1/2 minutes, then turn the pan and bake another 3 1/2 minutes.

They'd be an excellent appetizer with drinks.  If you're thinking ahead to edible, home-made (a phrase not used much around here) Christmas gifts, these will keep in an air-tight can for a week. 

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