Our favorite homemade chip only requires one ingredient and it’s totally gluten free. Thank you, Parmesan!
We’ll be honest – whenever we see a recipe that magically just has one or two ingredients, we can get a little skeptical. Unless, of course, that ingredient is Parmesan. Then we have all the faith in the world! (and these Parmesan chips prove it!)
Parmesan chips – also known as frico chips or Parmesan tuilles – are a crunchy and delicious little snack that double as garnishes (or even vessels for appetizers!). It’s a magical little “recipe” that takes any dish to the next level, in terms of presentation and flavor. A crunchy parmesan chip on top of a risotto or broken up over stew is a great way to add lots of texture, and to make it a little more restaurant-quality. Baking up a batch or two of Parmesan chips is also a lovely way to accommodate gluten-free guests – they might even be getting the better deal than people eating regular crackers!
The best secret of it all? How insanely easy these are to throw together.
What you need:
Parmesan or Parmigiano Reggiano (both work – here’s the difference between the two!)
Microplane or fine cheese grater
Silicon baking mat or parchment paper
Extra seasoning if desired: freshly cracked black pepper, paprika, fennel powder, dried herbs
How do to it:
Crank the oven to 375 degrees F and place a rack at the center of the oven.
While the oven’s heating up, place your silicon baking mat or parchment paper on a sheet tray. For about 8 chips, you’ll want to grate about 1/2 cup of Parmesan. Sprinkle the grated Parmesan into about tablespoon-sized mounds on the parchment, and press down lightly until flattened. If you want to add any extra seasonings, you would do so now! Bake until golden and bubbly, about 10 minutes. Allow the chips to cool for about 5 minutes until firm, then use them as needed!
Want to get extra fancy? After about 2 minutes of cooling down, with a spatula, gently place the parmesan chip over the curve of a rolling pin or wine bottle. It will firm up in the curved shape, and then you can really impress your guests.