Thursday, December 29, 2011

Add Party Panache with Parmesan Wafers--Easy & Gluten-Free, Too

Like many home bakers, I've been focused mostly on cranking out cookies and similar sweets the last few weeks. But now, with New Year's Eve fare on the agenda, I'm yearning for something savory to serve. These Parmesan wafers immediately came to mind.




 As you can see, they are light, fragile-crisp, and enticing looking. And since they contain only Parmensan cheese and herbs, they are slightly salty and full of flavor. (And gluten-free, as well.) They are excellent munchies to serve with cocktails, or with a soup course (especially tomato soup--yum). Or offer them along with a glass of bubbly when you ring in the New Year.

The most successful nibbles and noshes always seem to be highly addictive, and these are, too. So of you're serving a crowd, consider doubling or tripling the recipe.

Herbed Parmesan Wafers


The only key to success with these amazingly simple but tempting wafers is to use fresh, good-quality Parmesan cheese. The black pepper is optional; add it amply, or sparingly, as desired.


1 1/3 cups freshly shredded good quality Parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh chives or 1 teaspoon dried chives or basil leaves

Fresh, coarsely ground black pepper, optional
Position a rack in the upper third of the oven; preheat to 375 degrees F. Line two large baking sheets with nonstick foil or with foil sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
 
In a medium bowl, stir together the cheese and herbs. Using  a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon filled about 2/3rds full, scoop up the mixture and place in 2- to 2 1/2-inch mounds about 2 1/2  inches apart on the sheets. Pat or spread out the shreds so they are evenly spaced and spread out in the round. Grind fresh coarse-ground black pepper, over the tops, if desired.

Bake (upper third of the oven) one pan at a time for 6 to 9 minutes; reverse the pan from front to back about halfway through, continuing until the wafers are bubbly and just slightly golden colored. Remove from the oven and let firm up about 2 minutes. Using a wide spatula transfer the crisps to paper towels and let stand until cooled to at least warm. Serve them barely warm or at room temperature.

Makes about 25  2 1/2 to 3-inch wafers.


Perhaps you'd enjoy this fine pesto-pasta-bean soup (left) along with your Parmesan wafers.  Or perhaps an easy minestrone.

Or for another cracker recipe (it features peanuts), go here. 

6 comments:

Jamie on December 30, 2011 at 2:52 AM said...

I love these! I have only made them once but I'll make them again for our celebration - you have inspired me! I'll make them your way this time as yours look absolutely perfect! Happy New Year, Nancy!

Nancy Baggett on December 30, 2011 at 10:23 AM said...

The first time I tried them I couldn't believe how easy and good they were. And I'm not really a Parmesan fan. Happy New Year to you, too, Jamie!

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Linda Carmical on March 13, 2012 at 10:08 AM said...

These will be great with lunch tomorrow! Thanks for the recipe Nancy!

Nancy Baggett on March 13, 2012 at 12:07 PM said...

Linda, you are very welcome. BTW, they are good with salad as well as with soup.

Margie on December 18, 2013 at 9:11 AM said...

I saw someone on a cooking show doing something similar, except the cheese was cooked in a skillet instead of in the oven. I like the oven, much better.
Thanks for posting.

 

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