I recently saw an episode of Everyday Italian that stars Giada de Laurentiis on the Food Network. She was putting together a brunch and created the cutest salad for her party. I wrote down the instructions and hoped I would have a reason to try her recipe. A sweet lady at our church had a baby and I originally bought all the ingredients for her meal, thinking it would be a fun way to celebrate with her. But I ended up making a different meal and never got to try the salad.
Dot’s birthday party came next and I was so glad to get to try out the recipe 🙂
You start with freshly grated parmesan. Scoop 1/4 cup and place on a cookie sheet that has a silicone mat on it. Flatten it a little with your fingers to spread it evenly in a circle.
Cook on 375 for 8-10 minutes. I started with 8 minutes and just kept checking to make sure it was browning a little.
When they are turning golden, remove from the oven and let them set for a minute. Then use a spatula and place them over an upside down muffin pan. Press gently around the tin so that it creates a cup shape.
(Ignore the fact that my muffin tins look terrible and I obviously need new pans 🙂 )
Fill each cup with a salad of your choice. I filled these with romaine and topped each one with an individual mandarin orange.
You can also leave the cheese in a circular crisp and add it as a side to any salad. I think I will try it with cheddar cheese next.