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1-Ingredient Parmesan Bowls

Don't you just love coming across a recipe that elicits over-the-top "oohs" and "aahs"? Especially for one that is secretly excruciatingly simple? These cups are all that and more.

Parmesan crisps (also known as "frico") are simply made from finely grated cheese — and are delicious served with cocktails, as a salad garnish or even an indulgent midday snack.

We've taken the idea one step further and created little cups — to fill with whatever you like! I've chosen a classic Caesar salad here, but they'd also be great filled with risotto, salsa, fresh fruit, or even more cheese (you can never have too much cheese, I swear).

I used a muffin tin to create the cups you see here - but you can easily make them larger or smaller, depending on the vessel you use to drape the discs. Drinking glasses of varying sizes, small bowls and even wine corks all would work.

Here's how you get started!

Finely grate 1-2 cups of Parmesan cheese, using a microplane or the small hole side of a box grater. Working with a heaping 1/4 cup at a time, place the cheese in the center of a non-stick skillet set over medium heat. Use a spatula to gently flatten and shape the mound into a 4" circle. When the disc is golden brown around the edges, use your spatula to transfer to a muffin cup. Use a small glass to gently press the disc into a cup shape. Set for 1-2 minutes and remove, transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Repeat with remaining cheese. Fill cups just before serving (can be made up to 3 days in advance - store in an airtight container at room temperature). That's it. Seriously so simple right?

Images by Sheri Silver

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