DIY: Parmesan Baskets
Over the years we have used parmesan cups for many special moments, like my baby shower and the holidays. I am going to share two ways of making this recipe that are both very easy, it just depends on which way is more fitting for you.
In the oven:
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Step 2: You can shred parmesan or buy pre-shredded (1/2 pounds). Take a cookie sheet and line it with parchment paper. Spread small (7" in diameter) circles of parmesan on the paper leaving room. This should make roughly 3-4 per sheet.
Step 3: Bake the parmesan for approximately 10 minutes, or until the cheese is completely melted and turning a golden brown.
Step 4: While the parmesan is baking, take out a large muffin pan or ramekins. Turn upside down and place next to the stove.
Step 5: One at a time, using a spatula, transfer the parmesan to the ramekins/muffin sheet and slowly press down to make cups. Leave the cookie sheet in the oven as the cheese will harden as soon as it hits the air.
Step 6: Once the cheese is completely hard (about 15 minutes) transfer to a plate and fill with your favorite foods: salad, veggies, pasta!
On The Stove:
(they way I prefer to do it)
Step 1: On medium/low heat, heat up a non-stick pan with a little non-stick spray.
Step 2: Add parmesan cheese in a 7" diameter circle and heat slowly. The cheese starts to bubble and turn gold (make sure the cheese is completely melted.)
Step 3: Flip over a ramekin or a large muffin sheet. Using a large spatial, transfer the parmesan to the bottom of the ramekin/muffin sheet and form the cup by gently pressing down. Let sit for 15 minutes.
Step 4: Repeat as many time to get the desired servings.
Step 5: Fill the cups with pasta, salad or your favorite snack.
** If you are making these and serving later, don't fill until they are ready to be served. They will get too moist and loose shape. ****