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Baked Garlic Cheese Crisps

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I really love cheese. My family still laughs about how I made up my own mealtime blessing as a small child – “Cheese, that’s all!” Well, we ended up getting a Costco membership in order to get things we needed for self-catering our wedding, and I discovered they have 2.5 pound blocks of Tillamook sharp cheddar. It’s totally amazing! I’m perfectly happy eating slices of cheese, but I thought it would be fun to experiment with new recipes, too. These baked garlic cheese crisps are just one of the fun new ways I’ve found to use cheese! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

We stocked up on canned soup because we expected to get hit by double hurricanes, but then we dodged the bullet, so to speak, and now we have lots of soup at home! It’s nice enough for nights when we’re short on time or inspiration, but (boringly) every can of soup in our house right now is the same flavor! Snooze. Wanting to spruce up soup meals and having  a beautiful, new 2.5 pound block of awesome led me to make these guys. I’ll admit they’re not the world’s most photogenic items, but they are tasty!

garlic cheese crispsI made these guys on my new Silpat baking mat. I’m so excited to own it and very thankful to the wonderful person who gave it to us as a wedding gift! But I digress. I know these work well on a silicone mat, but if you don’t have one, I recommend trying a sheet of parchment paper, instead.

I get about nine large cheese crisps from a cup of cheese. Those nine crisps take up my entire baking sheet! I used about a tablespoon for each one, but you can use less to create smaller, more plentiful crisps from the same cup of cheese. Or, of course, you can just shred more cheese and do several batches! Speaking of shredding cheese, I think it’s really important to freshly grate your cheese instead of using the pre-shredded stuff. Pre-shredded cheese contains anti-caking agents that tend to make the texture funny when the cheese is melted!

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Baked Garlic Cheese Crisps
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup freshly shredded cheddar
  • ⅛ - ¼ teaspoon granulated garlic (not garlic salt)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat.
  3. Use a tablespoon to make mounds of cheese spaced at least 2" apart. They're going to spread!
  4. Bake until the cheese has melted, about 5 minutes. Remove the sheet from the oven and, working quickly, carefully blot up extra oil from around the pools of cheese (options), and then sprinkle a pinch or two of granulated garlic across each one.
  5. Return the sheet to the oven and bake until the cheese has taken on a lacy appearance and has browned slightly, about 10-15 minutes longer.
  6. Remove the sheet from the oven, blot additional oil if you want to, and wait for the cheese to cool and crisp. This usually only takes a few minutes!
  7. Enjoy fresh and store cooled leftovers on a paper towel in an airtight container.

See? Super easy. Obviously, blotting away the extra oil is optional, but it’s important to me. Be careful when you’re doing it, though, especially if you have a go while adding the garlic. Do not lay the paper towel on top of the melted cheese at this point. It is too melty and will stick to the towel! It’s very sad to see delicious cheese go to waste. Of course, the granulated garlic is also optional (but highly recommended). I think the garlic had something to do with Papi Chulo’s response after eating one of these: “Can I have six more?”

baked crispy garlic cheese

If you don’t want to add garlic, you can just bake the cheese plain or try adding in your other favorite seasonings. It could be fun to experiment!

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  • Linda @ Mixed Kreations August 28, 2014, 00:28

    This look yummy! I love grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup. Will have to try these next time. Thanks for the tip about using fresh grated cheese. Pinning to try later with my big bowl of tomato soup (-;

    • natashalh August 30, 2014, 12:47

      I’m so sorry – I thought I’d already ‘approved’ your comment! Thank you for pinning. =) I hope you enjoy them as a fun way to mix up your tomato soup experience!

  • fred August 22, 2014, 13:27

    I’m thinking it might be fun to try other combinations too, such as a jack cheese with chili powder, or an Italian blend with oregano.

    • natashalh August 23, 2014, 18:42

      As long as the cheese melts, this should work. I thought about doing some other flavors and just haven’t had the chance yet!

  • Crystelle August 15, 2014, 18:20

    What fun way to make soup so much more special! I love cheese anything…. And nope, I don’t like garlic salt either. I always use the granules or real garlic…

    Have a great weekend! 🙂
    xox, Crystelle
    CrystelleBoutique

    • natashalh August 16, 2014, 06:27

      It would be so super salty if someone would garlic salt on these guys! I love fresh garlic, but I think that might turn out a little soggy. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Teri @ The Freshman Cook August 15, 2014, 14:52

    Very tasty looking and cute too! I can see these being a big hit at dinnertime! Dropping by from Project Pin It! Pinning this!

    • natashalh August 16, 2014, 06:27

      Thank you so much! =)

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