Parmesan Basket

"I got this great idea from a magazine my friend got. She told me the basics, I went home and gave it a try. It worked out beautifully. I can only imagine how beautiful the presentation would be using these as salad shells. They have a lacy, delicate look to them."
photo by GaylaJ photo by GaylaJ
photo by GaylaJ
Ready In:
24hrs 15mins


  • 1 cup inexpensive shredded parmesan cheese (more or less, depending on how many baskets you want to make)
  • 1 drinking glass


  • Heat a 10" skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Sprinkle cheese (I just used what seemed to look right, didn't really measure) into a disk shape in pan, using less cheese around the edges (helps produce the lacy look).
  • Allow cheese to get slightly golden underneath, then carefully remove it using a spatula.
  • Quickly drape cheese disk, golden side up, over an upside-down glass and form into a bowl.
  • Allow to cool completely.
  • This produces one basket.
  • Repeat instructions until you have the number of baskets needed.

Questions & Replies

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  1. jciatti
    how should these be stored overnight?


  1. GaylaJ
    I love simple ways to create pretty presentations, and this is certainly one. I think I need a little practice, though, as mine could have been a little thinner, which would have made them more "lacy". I had to let the cheese cool in the skillet for a few seconds off the heat before I could slide a spatula under it without messing it up, then I turned it over a ramekin (rather than a drinking glass). I ran across a recipe since I made this one that calls for baking the cheese on a piece of parchment paper in the oven--after letting it cool for a few seconds, you just pick up the parchment, flip it over whatever you are using to mold the baskets, then carefully remove the paper and form the cheese. I may try it that way next time, as I think it could possibly be easier to transfer a thinner layer of cheese. In any case, this is a fun recipe--thanks for posting!
  2. Riverlivin
    This recipe is great! I'm going to try it next as a presentation for sauteed veggies. BTW, the magazine it came from was Cuisine At Home. I just got it recently and it is really informative and the recipes look so good.
  3. Krsi Sue
    Delicious and pretty as well. Everyone had fun eating the basket as well!
  4. Darlene Summers
    Oh my goodness, How simple this was,and it was so EASY,it worked the very first time I tried it.I have gone crazy trying different sizes and shapes.We had a salad supper at church and I made a bunch of these with little slices of garlic bread in them,most wanted to take them home. Everybody went wild over them. Thanks so much for this fun recipe.Darlene
  5. Acerast
    I'm so glad you posted this recipe! I watched a cooking demonstration of this at the CIA Greystone in the Napa Valley back in 1997. This is so good with a green salad tossed in a vinaigrette (they used balsamic vinegar I use a bowl instead of a glass to make it wide enough for a salad. It is a lovely presentation and the bowl tastes great! Don't worry if the bowl breaks, just sprinkle the pieces on your salad. Thanks Triviakat!



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