Monday, May 14, 2012

Parmesan Cups

Ah yes it is good to be back friends. After removing all internet and cooking related activities from my life last week I can finally say I am done studying for MLC. I'll get my results in a little less than eight weeks, and with any luck I will be making a celebratory meal sometime in July. Also, I plan on taking my next one in August so I will be cooking and posting much less than I wanted to this summer. Oh well! Onto the food.

I planned on making this a much larger post but I just didn't find the caponata and mini muffaleta pizza I made with these that appealing. They tasted good I guess, but they just weren't doing it for me visually. It is all the same though since I really liked this recipe. Parmesan cups are versatile and easy to make, yet they look like something you mat be served out to eat. When making mini versions of these it possible to concoct excellent hors d'ourves that present extremely well. There are a lot of uses for these edible containers, but some of my favorites are ceasar salads, cacio e pepe, and fried eggplant.
Parmesan Cups:
1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese (zested/microplaned cheese does not work)
Kosher salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Parchment paper or silpat
Large muffin tin

1. Preheat an oven to 375F. Grate the cheese, and then mix the cheese with the salt and pepper.
2. Spread the cheese into 1/8 inch thick square or diamond on the parchment paper.
3. Bake this for 6 minutes and then turn off your oven. Let the Parmesan cheese brown slightly, and then promptly remove from the oven.
4. Quickly cut the square or diamond into your desired shapes. (Squares and triangles are recommended.)
5. Using a thin spatula move each square to an upside down muffin tin, and drape them over the muffin mold to make a cup.
*Do the last two steps in a timely manner as the cheese will harden and be useless as far as making a cup goes. If this does happen you can just serve square Parmesan chips with what ever you were making with the cups.

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