Last night, I was experimenting with making cheese crisps. These are snacks similar to crackers or tortilla chips made out of cheese. They're quite simple to make. I tried three kinds last night: American cheese (the real stuff, not cheese "food"), cheddar cheese, and pepper jack cheese "food". The American cheese slices I cut into 16 squares a little less than an inch across. The other cheeses I just sliced thinly off the end of the block. All three turned out with very different textures. The American cheese crisps were the most crunchy and reminded me a little of tortilla chips. The cheddar ones were a bit greasy with little bubble holes in them but still yummy. The pepper jack cheese "food" turned out with a similar texture to a saltine cracker. I will continue to experiment with different types of cheese and share the results on my blog.
As I was munching on these this morning during work, I was thinking about my crunchy taco recipe. For the tacos, I told everyone to use cheddar. After last night's experiment with cheese crisps, I think I'm going to try tacos with American cheese next time. On a side-note, I just received a blog comment this morning from someone talking about cheese crisps and taco shells. Isn't it awesome how life is full of little synchronicities like this?
Cheese Crisp Recipe
Servings: As many as you want. Check the cheese package for carb counts.
Ingredients Cheese (American, Cheddar, Pepper Jack, you name it) Optional Spices (salt, garlic powder, chili powder, etc.)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line cookie sheet with silicon mat or parchment paper. Do not grease.
Cut cheese into desired size squares as 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Depending on the type of cheese you use, they may spread out or hold form. American and cheddar will come out much larger with rounded edges even if cut into squares. Some "un-real" cheese "foods" will hold their shape.
If using spices, mix spices and toss cheese in them. Or, sprinkle on just before baking.
Spread squares out on lined cookie sheet.
Bake for about 8 minutes. Cheese will crispen up as it cools. After cooling, if rubbery then put back in the oven for another 2 minutes.