Parmesan Crisps are a commonly suggested low carb snack – here are five flavor variations.
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I’ve been making Parmesan crisps since I started low-carbing – they’re quick to make (especially if you have the oven on already), only require one ingredient, and are a zero-carb tasty snack!
Here’s the basic recipe:
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- On a silicone mat, put little heaps of shredded Parmesan and flatten them. Leave around 1-2″ between each little pile.
- Bake for 2-3 minutes until the cheese has melted and starts to turn golden brown at the edges. Leave to cool, slightly, then move to a cooling rack.
These are seriously good just like this. Two things to note: they can burn easily so don’t get distracted while they are baking. Also, they are still soft when they come out of the oven – a fun thing to do is place them over the base of a small upturned bowl and create little Parmesan crisp spoons – ready to load up with whatever you like!
All that being said, one day I decided to experiment, adding an extra ingredient to each variation – and these additions were all zero carbs. Well, apart from one.
- Finely chopped fresh chives
- Chipotle powder
- Dry mustard powder
- Italian seasoning
- Finely grated dark chocolate (yep – that would be the one with the carbs)
The quantities and ratios are really up to you – I just added in what I felt was the right amount with each ingredient. Here are the chive Parmesan crisps before and after baking:
And all the five varieties cooling!
All five together made a really lovely platter and a great talking point. My taste-testers weren’t keen on chipotle so I ate all of those (I *love* chipotle) – smoked paprika would make a great substitute. We agreed that the chives and the Italian seasoning crisps were the best. The mustard version didn’t taste like much at first; the mustard flavor came in at the end of eating. And the Parmesan and chocolate? Well, opinions were divided on that one! I had used 85% cacao dark chocolate so it wasn’t really very sweet, but it did make the Parmesan taste less salty. Parmesan Crisps Five Ways #lowcarb #lowcarbsnacks Click To Tweet