PARMESAN-PINK PEPPERCORN CRISPS

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by Debra on January 22, 2013

While I love a great pastry for breakfast and occasionally dessert, when it comes to snacks, I tend to land on the side of salty. And while there are a plethora of cookbooks on the market for all things sugary and sweet, the field is much smaller when it comes to savory. Salty Snacks by Cynthia Nims, is a book that feeds America’s love affair with salt.

We are a snacking society – peruse any Trader Joe’s aisle or scan the endcaps of local grocery stores and you’ll find a multitude of brightly colored packages screaming, ‘Quick!’ ‘Easy-to-Prepare!’ ‘Just Open, Pour and Serve!’ ‘Ready in Minutes!’ While I’m all for taking shortcuts wherever I can, most of these items are filled with added salt, sugar and shelf-stabilizing chemicals – and the portion sizes are large enough to feed a third-world country. Add celiac disease and well, finding gluten-free snacks that don’t require signing over your first born can be a real challenge.

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‘Salty Snacks’ is filled with 75 easy-to-follow recipes for baked, fried, flatten, sauced and dipped snacks – Herbed Clam Dip, Crisp Beef with Lemongrass, Coconut Crisps with Basil and Chiles, Cumin Lentil Crackers,  Popcorn Meringues and seriously – Five-Spice Duck Skin!! All are crowd-pleasers for entertaining, gift-giving, midnight snacks, football season – or whenever you’re craving a savory treat. Many of the recipes are naturally gluten-free or can be adapted quite easily.

The Professor and I enjoyed making quite a few of these tasty snack over the holiday season and shared them with our guests – familiar ingredients with a twist in the addition of a spice or in how the recipe was paired. One of our very favorites are these super easy Parmesan Crisps – the addition of Pink Peppercorns is brilliant here; the floral and fruity flavor of the peppercorns is a wonderful counter to the salty cheese and adds just enough spice. With only two ingredients, it’s well worth the splurge of the best parmesan cheese you can buy.

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We may, or may not, have polished off an entire batch all by ourselves . . .

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of Salty Snacks at no cost to me; however, all opinions are strictly my own.

 

© 2013, Debra. All rights reserved.

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Angie @ Big Bear's Wife April 9, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I love making Parmesan crips, but never thought to add Pink peppercorns to them. Must try that!

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Jeanne @ CookSister! January 25, 2013 at 10:17 am

OMG did you say 5-spice duck skin snacks?? :o)))))

I love homemade snacks – particularly where there is cheese involved ;) These are so pretty and I can imagine, scrupmtious too. Thanks for sharing!

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Cookin Canuck January 23, 2013 at 9:14 am

Oh yes, I’m a salty snack kind of girl, and these look fantastic! I would love to crumble these over soup or a salad.

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Debra January 24, 2013 at 9:00 am

Exactly Dara – soup or salad, these are a match made in heaven!

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Renee - Kudos Kitchen January 22, 2013 at 10:11 am

These look like lovely little crunchy things to nibble on. Pass the crisps please.

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Debra January 24, 2013 at 9:03 am

way to easy to make and they do disappear rather quickly . . .

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Kelley {mountain mama cooks} January 22, 2013 at 10:00 am

I’m with you, Deb, I tend to go for the savory snack. I buy a version of these from Whole Foods but you’ve convinced me to make them from scratch and definitely with the addition of the peppercorns. Gorgeous lighting in your photos!

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Debra January 24, 2013 at 9:02 am

I bought them from Whole Foods too Kelley – and honestly, I couldn’t even make it home with a full box – oy! but then they quit selling them so i’ve been going thru withdrawls. these are super, super easy to make!

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