This 4-ingredient savory, easy Parmesan crisps recipe only takes 10 minutes to bake in the oven, for a quick and delicious appetizer, snack, or a topper for soups and salads.
I’m a big fan of appetizers that are easy and versatile enough to double as snacks. And just like my roasted chickpeas with Parmesan, easy candied pecans, and marinated olives, these Parmesan crisps are no exception. They’re ridiculously easy and fast to make—you only need 4 ingredients and about 10 minutes before calling them done. They’re sophisticated looking enough for an appetizer, but also great for a quick and healthy, high protein, low-carb snack. Not to mention they make a stellar topper on my tomato basil soup, or a yummy addition to Caesar salad, in lieu of croutons.
What’s in These Parmesan Crisps
The best thing about this recipe is how low-maintenance it is—you only need 4 ingredients. Here’s what you need to make these Parmesan crisps:
- Parmesan (use a good aged one)
- fresh rosemary
- fresh thyme
- black pepper
If you wanted to mix these up a bit, you could easily swap out different herbs or add spices like cayenne pepper, garlic powder, or everything bagel seasoning—any of these would be delicious.
*Resist the urge to add salt. Parmesan is already salty, so it’s really not necessary here!
How to Make Parmesan Crisps
These Parmesan crisps come together super fast and easy, in only two steps. Here’s how to make them:
Mix and mound. Grate the Parmesan on the medium size side of your box grater (so you get fine shreds, but not a powder). Add the cheese, herbs, and freshly ground pepper to a medium-sized bowl and toss to combine. Scoop little mounds (a heaping tablespoon-full) of the cheese onto a parchment or silicone-lined sheet pan, spacing an inch or two in between.
Bake the crisps. Bake in a 400°F oven for about 5-8 minutes, or until the crisps are nicely golden brown (keep an eye on them after the 5-minute mark, making sure they don’t burn). Let cool on a cooling rack for a few minutes before serving.
Are Parmesan Crisps Good For You
These Parmesan crisps are low in calories and carbohydrates, gluten-free, and high in protein and calcium, making them a healthy snack
Why Are My Parmesan Crisps Bitter?
If your Parmesan crisps taste bitter, then you likely overbaked them. Err on the side of undertaking (you want them to be lightly golden brown and they will crisp up as they cool), but keep an eye on them so you don’t bake them too long.
How to Store Parmesan Crisps
These Parmesan cheese crisps will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for a few days.
What to Serve with Parmesan Crisps
- Marinara sauce or fig jam, for dipping
- Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup
- Mediterranean Kale Salad
- Tomato Basil Soup
- Caesar Salad (swap the garlic croutons out for the Parmesan crisps)
More Salty, Crispy Bites You’ll Love
- Homemade Croutons
- Easy Roasted Chickpeas with Parmesan
- Baked Beet Chips
- Candied Pecans
- Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
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