Thursday, July 7, 2011

Parmesan Baskets

A dear friend of mine is welcoming a baby girl into her family in a couple months and we are celebrating this weekend. I am making Parmesan baskets with a cheesy tuna salad :) I made the baskets today, took about 1 1/2 hours and will be making the tuna salad in the next couple days.

Here's the how-to on the baskets:

Parmesan- I used the big Costco bag of fresh Parmesan and it made about 100 baskets. Use however much you need to depending on how many baskets you need/want. Each basket takes a couple tablespoons of Parmesan. And it needs to be FRESH grated Parmesan, not the powdery ground stuff in the green can.

On a non-stick baking sheet put 1-2 Tbsp of fresh Parmesan. Spread it out into about a 3 inch round.

I tried making them thinner to see if they'd be more lacy, but then they didn't shape well and wouldn't be thick enough to hold a salad. You'll have to play around with amounts, but this is what you want it to look like. I also recommend doing one cookie sheet at a time, at least to start, because you have to move fast when you pull them out.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 3 minutes. You want them to look golden-ish and melted.

After you pull them out of the oven, use a flat spatula and carefully get them off one by one and put them on an upside down muffin tin. Shape them gently while still hot. Some recipes will tell you to use cups and I tried that but this was easier and made them more uniform. Allow to cool for about 2 minutes and they should be cool enough to move to a a platter.
Aren't they so pretty?!
Finished large batch- should be about 100 baskets :)

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