“APPETIZERS ARE THE LITTLE THINGS YOU KEEP EATING UNTIL YOU LOSE YOUR APPETITE.” Joe Moore
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Well, temperatures here in the nation’s capital have been oppressive; reaching 102° today!!! And I am feeling it! I don’t know about you, but when it’s this hot; by the end of the day I feel so fatigued, the only thing I want for dinner is a bowl of cereal with ice cold milk! And when I do eat a ‘meal’, it’s more like an appetizer. So today, these parmesan tuiles were more than enough! Light and crunchy, cheesy and salty; and perfectly topped with sweet, chilled tomatoes.
These are quick and easy to throw together and take great advantage of my beautiful, summer tomatoes! I tried 2 different recipes for the tuiles. And there was a clear winner for me . . . . .
The original recipe called for mixing butter and flour with the cheese. I thought this method would lend itself to a more ‘cracker-like’ quality to the tuiles. But I found these to flatten and spread too much; making them very thin and extremely fragile. So I stuck with my quick, tried and true method of simply baking the cheese.
Yields: about 10-12 tuiles
Level of Difficulty: easy
- 4 oz. Parmigiano-Regianno cheese, grated
- Freshly cracked black pepper
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place Tablespoons of cheese in mounds on the baking sheet about 4 inches apart. Press down the centers of the mounds a bit and season with pepper to your liking. Bake for about 10 minutes until lightly golden. Let cool for a minute on the pan before removing.
HEIRLOOM TOMATO TOPPING:
- 1 1/2 cups of diced heirloom tomatoes
- 1 Tablespoon of snipped chives
- 1 teaspoon of coarsely chopped tarragon
- 2 teaspoons of olive oil
- freshly cracked black pepper to taste
- coarse sea salt to taste
In a small bowl, toss together the tomatoes, olive oil, chives, tarragon, and pepper. Spoon the mixture on top of the tuiles and sprinkle with sea salt.
Light and easy and I hope you enjoy!
Tomato Salad slightly adapted from Food and Wine.