As the holidays approach, Strongbow hard cider asked us to come up with a second party food pairing (our first pairing was our quick and easy aioli recipe).
We chose to pair our pepper parmesan crisps recipe with the hard cider because we love the combination of apples and cheese. The cider brings a tangy, tart, appley-flavor, and the cheese brings a salty, unctuous richness that stands up well to the sharpness in the cider. Both play off each other effortlessly.
Plus, the parmesan crisps are one of the easiest dishes you will ever make (a perfect holiday food hack), and you will shocked how delicious they are!
- Shaved parmesan cheese
- Fresh ground pepper
Shave parmesan using the finest grating level on a four-sided grater.
Spoon tablespoon-size mounds on to a silicone baking sheet.
Sprinkle with fresh pepper and pop in the oven for 8-10 minutes, until you see the cheese bubbling and browning.
Remove from oven, let them cool for a minute, and you will have delicious parmesan crisps that go great with salads, dips, mashed potatoes, or like me, you can devour them all by themselves.
And if you want to get a little more creative, when the crisps are still hot (and they will be hot, so be careful), use a spatula and your fingers to place them in a mini-muffin tin. They will harden into little bowls that you can fill with your favorite foods.
Here I filled mine with tabouli, but they'd work well with any sort of chopped salad or dip, and you have quick and easy appetizers.
And don't forget the Strongbow...
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