Tuesday, December 20, 2011

the easiest party nibble ever - cheese crisps

Crispy. Chewy. Cheesy. And incredibly easy. Party nibbles don't come easier than these cheese crisps simply made with slices of Monterey Jack cheese and a sprinkling of your favorite herb blend. That's it!

The super-simple recipe is from "Pasta & Co. By Request" by Marcella Rosene, one of the many many cookbooks residing on the Lonesome Road cookbook shelf. Published in 1991 and distributed by Sasquatch Books (gotta love that, heh), the cookbook contains tons of delectable recipes from the Pasta & Co. take-out food shop in Seattle, Washington.

I used part of an average 8 ounce rectangle-shaped block of Monterey Jack cheese, cut 1/4 inch thick slices, then cut the slices in half to make twelve small squares. I figured that the slices would spread out in the oven, so I left a lot of space around each one when placing them on the nonstick baking sheet. My spice blend of choice was Bragg Organic Sprinkle, a delicious seasoning blend of 24 herbs and spices. You can use your own favorite seasoning, or maybe just a bit of garlic salt. The cookbook suggests herbes de Provence with lavender or hot paprika but neither of these really tripped my trigger, I was looking for something very savory. Sprinkle a bit of seasoning on the cheese squares and bake in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. The cheese will emerge browned and bubbling (yum!) from the oven. Transfer the crisps to a wire rack covered with paper towels.
There was quite a bit of greasiness left on the baking sheet and I was considering using a low-fat version of the cheese for the next batch but not sure if the quality would be the same since lower-fat cheese tends to be not quite so melty. Another idea is to substitute Pepper Jack cheese for the Monterey Jack - I'm wondering how they would taste dipped in a little hot salsa? Pretty good, I'll bet.
Enjoy these tasty little noshes at your next holiday get-together, for a Super Bowl party (I won't even mention the Green Bay Packers) or just whip up a batch to have on hand for snacking or serving along with a nice steaming hot bowl of tomato soup. Just remember to make much more than you think you will need; these will go quickly!


riorita said...

These cheese crispies look yummy!

Lonesome Road Studio said...

They're delicious - I just had another one, LOL!


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