Melted Parmesan baskets: Here’s a recipe that most people would shy away from with the feeling that it’s just too much fuss and bother. However, you would be wrong! The secret to creating a great melted Parmesan basket is not to skimp on the cheese.
Melted Parmesan baskets are remembered fondly by a certain generation of people as being served up at a posh dinner party often stuffed with a salad or shrimp cocktail. What a wonderful surprise we had then when after many years living in a melted Parmesan basket desert, we were served one filled with soup! It was in a little town called Agerola which we strongly advise you to visit the next time you are around the Amalfi Coast. Yes, you really can have soup in a basket!
As if soup in a basket wasn’t enough, we have even had spaghetti carbonara served in a melted Parmesan basket. So, go forth and start filling those baskets with anything your little heart desires!
Ingredients: Makes 4
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
- In a small nonstick frying pan over a low heat, place 2 tablespoons of cheese and spread it out to form a flat circle about 2 1/2″ in diameter.
- Allow the cheese to gently melt and turn a light golden brown.
- Carefully remove the cheese disk with a spatula and gently lay over an up-turned cup. The cheese may need coaxing to fall over the sides but will eventually form its shape.
- Repeat the process with the rest of the cheese.
- Allow the cheese baskets to cool completely.
You can form you cheese into any shape you choose. If you make larger baskets using more cheese so that they are thicker, they can also be used to serve soup.