Cast Iron Pans Cast iron pan owners swear by them for their even dispersal of heat and non stick nature. However, iron is not as happy go lucky as other metals. Initially, the pan must be seasoned with vegetable oil in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for at least an hour. Each time you heat the pan with oil, it will season till it obtains a beautiful dark color. Don't wash off the black patina thinking it is dirty. In fact, never use soap or scour the pan or you will remove the essence of the pan. Dry your iron pan on the stove with medium heat but watch it so it doesn't burn.
Parmesan crisps add an elegance to any dish including salads, burgers or soup but don't require a ton of effort. Just pour, cook and cool. You can even eat them as a snack like my wife does. How I lived without these crispy delights is beyond me.
There really aren't any rules to how you pile up your grated cheese but if you want them to be perfectly round then use a cookie cutter to keep them circular as you pour. If you are looking for a more artistic randomness then just pour and let the cheese fall as it does. You really can't mess up this recipe.
Cook the parmesan at 350 degrees for ten minutes or so till they are golden brown all over. These crisps need a little more time in the oven as they are still a little white in the middle. Once they are golden brown, place them on a paper towel to soak up excess oil and cool for ten minutes. Generally, the first batch never last the ten minutes in my household but it's worth a try.
Adding a parmesan crisp or two to a Caeser Salad takes it to the next level. Try floating a crisp in the middle of tomato soup and it isn't so boring anymore. You can even layer a crisp on a burger instead of melted cheese. The possibilities are endless so start cooking up some parmesan crisps today.