Wednesday, August 18, 2010

123. Parmesan Chips, One Ingredient

There are many recipes I probably would never try just because of the long...actually too long...list of ingredients. Somehow, if the number of things I have to pull out and assemble is more than ten or so, I just get too mentally overloaded with the thought of the excessive preparation and the eventual clean up...

Favorite recipes that are longer than this '10 or less' rule are usually those that I know by heart...for their ingredients can be added by taste and composing and balancing the flavors is like painting a picture...a little of this and a little of that hardly seems like work.

Sometimes, however, a recipe with few ingredients can become an easy disaster if the formula is not followed to the letter...there is little room for making mistakes. Today's recipe, however, is a bit of a has only one ingredient. The cooking process changes it to become something very different from its beginning. The resulting chip can be used as a snack, an appetizer or as a companion with soups or salads.

Parmesan Chips

Grated Parmesan Cheese

Non-stick griddle

Heat griddle to 350 degrees. Place small mound of grated cheese on hot griddle and spread lightly and evenly. Brown cheese for 1 minute or so and then *turn over with a plastic spatula. Brown second side for about 1 minute. Remove to a piece of waxed paper. Continue. Use immediately or store in an air-tight container.

*(I lifted the edge of the chip with a spatula  and grabbed it with a pair of tongs and pulled the partially browned chip over to cook the second side...trying to slide the spatula under the whole chip made it crush together).

**These chips are tasty with a slice of cucumber.

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