Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Parmesan Crisps - Oregon Wine Country - Outdoor Wednesday







From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...The wineries along the Lorane Highway in Oregon owe much to money that was made by electronic and computer moguls towards the end of the 20th century. That money enabled imagined ventures in Oregon's booming wine industry to become realities. The best, and I must admit most wonderful example of dreams come true, is the vinery at King Estates. When seen from the highway the estate looms above the valley floor. A bit of imagination will transfer you in time and place to the chateaus of the Loire Valley, especially when lavender and sunflowers are in bloom. The estate has been developed in stages and now encompasses a wonderful restaurant as well as a tasting facility. It is a remarkably civilized spot with gorgeous vistas and I love to visit here. The chef has developed an herb garden that is open to the public and it adds another layer of old world charm to the grounds. A few miles down the highway is Chateau Lorane. It sits on the banks of Lake Louise which is part of the winery grounds. No grapes are grow here but wine is made and bottled for distribution throughout the region. The winery and other structures on the property are for sale for 5 million dollars. I've put my family on notice - if I win a lottery this will become their ancestral home. When we serve wine apart from a meal, I like to serve a cheese board and kindred finger food. One of my favorite small plate items is Parmesan crisps. I found the recipe on which these are based at Cook Sister! They're easy to do and any leftover crisps are wonderful salad toppers. Here is the recipe.

Parmesan Crisps...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
3 cups finely grated Parmesan-Reggiano cheese
Caraway seeds or red pepper flakes

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2) Using 2 tablespoons per crisp, form a mound on the baking sheet and flatten slightly with back of spoon. Leave at least an inch between mounds and edges of pan. The baking sheet will hold 8 to 12 crisps depending on how they are spaced. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and quickly sprinkle with caraway. Allow to cool and carefully remove from parchment paper. Continue process until all cheese has been used. Yield: 24 cheese crisps.

Cook's Note: Any hard grating cheese may be used. Crisp are best eaten the day they are made.

I'm sending this to Outdoor Wednesday, an event sponsored by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.

53 comments:

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

How wonderful! I am going to make some of these tomorrow!

the ungourmet said...

Wonderful and inviting description of the King Estates Winery. I have never visited. I sure would love to see it!

Your crisps look amazing. I could eat one even at this late hour!

Debinhawaii said...

Gorgeous photos and those Parmesan Crisps look amazing.

Katy ~ said...

I MUST do these! What a terrific little snack! I am smacking my lips in anticipation.

Martha said...

These are a favorite of ours but I've not sprinkled with caraway!

Justin said...

baking these sounds so easy. i've never tried making them at home before.

Haden News said...

These looks so easy, and I love your idea to put leftover on a salad - yum!

Donna-FFW said...

What wonderful shots. Absolutely mesmerizing. I would love the crisps to dip in some soup:)

Christina Kim said...

You are a pro at making them perfectly golden! Who doesn't like a little pan-fried cheese?

Allie said...

It looks so pretty out there! I love the idea of the parmesan crisp along some cheese.

Penny said...

Mary, I can't keep up with you! I have to go back and read all the post I've missed. That pork looks wonderful and the parmesan crisps are a winner.

Southerncook said...

Mary,

These look wonderful. Thanks for posting this recipe.

I have for some time now enjoyed wines from King Estate. Just this past Sat. evening we took friends out to dinner and I ordered a bottle of King Estate, Pinot Grigio. It is a very good wine and my local wine shop has told me that they had toured King Estate Winery and it was one of the most beautiful wineries they had ever toured. Thanks for the photos, I definately see what they mean. Georgeous.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

girlichef said...

Gorgeous scenery! I want a vineyard soooo badly....ah dreams...I have lottery dreams, myself. Many of them :P I love parmesan crisps, but have never actually put anything in them besides the cheese itself...they sound great with a little extra sprinkling of flavor!

finsmom said...

What a fun idea! I loved that you sprinkled them - they look awesome!

Hootin' Anni said...

When I read your blog title in my reader this morning, I just had to stop by....cheese!!!! I'm so there. I'm gonna grab this simple recipe and use it when it cools down. What I mean is, the A C is running at high speed 24/7 and it makes no sense for me to heat up an oven.

But I WILL make these come H E double L or high water.

Frugal Fine Living said...

These look yummy, and I bet they do taste great crumbled on a salad.

Jane

Chef Fresco said...

How beautiful it is out there! I love that this recipe only has 2 ingredients! They look so good too!

Fadil Wimala said...

makes me hungry!
i guess one bite is not enough!!

Maria Berg said...

Already Wednesday at your place!

And a lovely place you show - me too want to buy... so if both of us win the lottery maybe we can have it together?

Love, MB

Mary said...

Fadil, if we can take only one bite it must be perfect :-).

oneshotbeyond said...

these would be my downfall if I made them. They look great though.

Candy said...

What a little cutie with her red ribbons and sure wish I could taste those crisps!

Yummy,
Candy

Baking Monster said...

Yum! You should come here to the napa valley wine country!

Ann said...

So wonderful adn yumm:) Love yopur pics always.

Olga said...

I'd definitely choose red pepper flakes instead of the seeds ;)

Funny, I just saw these made on Diary of a Foodie on PBS, but they also added a bit of flour.

Vicki ~ FL said...

Lovely wine country photo. The crisp recipe sounds good and oohhhh so easy. Thanks for sharing and your visit to my blog.

The Blonde Duck said...

Oh yum! These look fabulous.

Lynda said...

These sound really good and easy to make-I love your pictures;the country is just beautiful up there!

Still Learning said...

Well good Lordy, I had no idea you could bake Parmesean cheese like that. I have got to try these. It sounds great. I loved the winery tour too. Very pretty photos.

Thanks,

Jennifer

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Parmesan Crisps - Look and sound delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe and your dream place!

Happy 4th!

mythoughtsmyvoice said...

Wow, that view of the lake is just beautiful. How nice to live in such a place. 5 mil? Yup, when you win the lottery it'll be worth it. But for now, let's just take in the beauty it offers while munching on those parmesan crisps :-)

bj said...

I know these must be just delightful..

Hootin' Anni said...

Today.....I'll have a spot of wine with my cheese snacks thank you very much. Beautiful countryside.

My Wordful/Outdoor Wednesday is all about something that was 'taken from our yard'. But at our request. Happy Wednesday to you.

. said...

Ah, they look so good.

Alfazema

yyam said...

These look so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

These look great. Thanks for the recipe!!

g.suzie said...

Mary, I have to see what you're stirring up this week, always yummy. Do you have a published cookbook? You should if you don't, I would love to be your neighbor or have you for my mentor!

pk @ room remix said...

Gorgeous photos and the parmesan crisps look amazing. I'm definitely going to have to try to whip some up. Love your blog. Going to follow.

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Beautiful place. I've made those crisps with basil too and they are fabulous. Thanks for taking us along on your tour.

Christi

Valerina said...

Oooo! These are mouth watering. :)

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

Oh Mary, if you win the lottery and buy this place can I come work for you? I kind of picture myself as more the Lucy and Ethel kind of winemakers though, is that okay? I promise to wash the sand from my feet.

stefanie said...

the winery is beatiful, but the lake, sigh
happy ow

Mary @ Framed and Tagged said...

Beautiful photos and the parmesan snacks look yummy! I could eat the whole platter!...:-)
Happy OW!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a pretty place! I need to try your crisps with caraway - they look so delicious.

Kristine said...

Your pictures are beautiful. The Winery is just incredible. I just love your posts. I hope you are having a lovely day.

Kristine

cafe au lait said...

Yummy! I'll try this one of these days.

Lisa said...

These look great! They also served these at The Winchester, on the side of a whole leaf Ceasar Salad. The Wine Country looks beautiful!

Crystal said...

I have to say that those parmesan crisps look like one perfect bite:)with a glass of wine, yummy.
The wine estate that you showed was beautiful, 5 million, don't think I can swing that this week, LOL. or any other week.
Thanks for sharing and stopping by to visit me. Please do drop by again.
Crystal

ellen b. said...

Oh now wouldn't it be grand to have a piece of property like that :0)
So pretty and those parmesan crisps look real good!!

Miller Racing Family said...

What great photos. It looks like a great getaway. The recipe also looks wonderful. Have a fabulous OW!

Maria said...

yum! I will try this. Thanks for sharing. :D

flmom said...

The crisps look divine as does the scenery!

RobinfromCA said...

That winery is gorgeous and those Parmesan Crisps look heavenly! Where do they grow the grapes? I would have thought Oregon's climate too wet for grapes.

Thanks for stopping by on Outdoor Wednesday!
Robin@Miscellaneous Thoughts

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