Okay, listen up… you want people to think you are a culinary genius? This super-simple, very beautiful, and delicious twist on salads will have everyone at the table asking, "how'd you do it?"
So the twist here is sort of a Willy Wonka bit of fun in that you can eat the salad bowl you put your greens into. The idea is a traditional Italian cheese preparation called fricco.
All you do is heat a non-stick frying pan and sprinkle cheese into a thin round and cook it for a few minutes—once it melts and begins to brown underneath remove it with a wide spatula and drape the soft cheese over a water glass or muffin tin and let it cool—there you go, you've got a crunchy cheese cup into which you can put just about any salad into.
Oh, and don't splurge on high quality Parmigiano Reggiano for this—bagged, pre-shredded parmesan works best. And like pancakes, you may struggle with the first one, but once you get the hang of it, this unique presentation will become part of your repertoire and I want full credit! Okay, it can be our secret.
8 ounces shredded parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar or lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
8 ounces mesclun or baby greens
kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Heat a 10 or 12-inch non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle cheese into a thin, round (make the outer edge uneven, for a delicate edge) and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until cheese begins to lightly brown underneath. Remove with a spatula and immediately drape over a water glass and carefully shape into a cup. Let cool.
In a medium bowl, whisk together vinegar and oil. Add greens and toss well to coat. Season with salt and pepper.
Place cheese basket on individual serving plates and fill with greens.
Sprinkle with reserved cheese.
(Courtesy: Yankee Magazine)
Annie B. Copps is a senior editor at Yankee Magazine. Annie oversees the magazine's food coverage, both as an editor and as a contributor of feature stories and columns.
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