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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Spinach Salad in a Parmesan Frico Cup

Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis

Resolutions... My resolution is always to lose weight... Always! I find it very difficult because I am a self diagnosed Chocoholic with a huge sweet tooth and no self control! True diagnosis, I swear!! My favorite place is my kitchen, and I find cooking to be very calming, so while I can't resolve to stay out of the kichen I can chose healthier recipes to prepair... At least in January ;o)  The theme at IHCC this week is Resolutions so I decided to find a healthy recipe to make and I saw Giada make the parmesan crisps on a show once and it kind of stuck in my mind, so when I saw this recipe I knew I had to try it. Perfect!
Pretty, don'tcha think!!

Ingredients:

For the Parmesan Frico Cups:
1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan

For the Citrus Vinaigrette:
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon orange juice
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
For the Spinach Salad:
6 ounces baby spinach leaves (about 6 cups)
1 orange, cut into segments
1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

Special equipment: a silpat mat, a muffin tin, and a small drinking glass

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 375 Degrees F.

Place a silpat mat on a baking sheet. Place 6 (1/4-cup mounds of Parmesan cheese on the mat and gently tap down until each mound is flat and 4 1/2-to-5 inches in diameter. Bake for 8-to-10 minutes, until golden and bubbly. Working quickly, use a thin spatula to transfer the Parmesan Frico to a muffin tin. Gently place a small drinking glass on top of the Parmesan Frico to mold it into the shape of the muffin cups. Let cool until firm, about 5 minutes. Continue with the remaining Parmesan cheese,

4 comments:

  1. Beautiful little salad cups! They would be a hit at a party. ☺

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  2. That spinach & citrus salad sounds beautiful in its own right, but serving it in those gorgeous little parmesan cups turns it over the top special. Definitely trying this :-)
    Sue

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  3. I'm crazy about those cute little parmesan cups! They look beautiful.

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  4. Loving the Parmesan cups. One of my favorite restaurants here does a Caesar salad in a cheese cup--Yum! ;-)

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