Frico Cups

Frico Cups

Serve your raw green salad in frico cups!

Frico cups are small cups made entirely out of cheese. They are naturally low carb, gluten-free, and completely irresistible.

 

Image result for Frico CupsYou know that little bit of cheese that oozes onto the skillet when making a grilled cheese sandwich? The stuff that turns dark and crispy and perfect for popping in your mouth? Frico cups are essentially an entire serving bowl made of that rich crispy cheese.

You can make them in various sizes. Yet I’ve discovered if you bake them about the size of a paper muffin liner and fill them with a smaller serving of salad, they’re more likely to disappear!

Frico is what Italians call the wafer like crisp that forms when you bake or fry shredded cheese.

This delicate, baked Parmesan cheese cups are deceptively easy to make. You can fill them with whatever you want, but grape tomato, olive and feta make for a light and refreshing snack.

 

Ingredients

For the Frico Cups

Parmesan cheese (3 tbsp. per cup)

For the Grape Tomato, Olive and Feta Salad

4 c. grape tomatoes, halved

1/4 c. green olives, sliced and pitted

1/3 c. crumbled feta cheese

1 tbsp. olive oil

Kosher salt

black pepper

Basil, for garnish

For the Sesame Cucumber and Radish Salad

1 English cucumber, finely chopped

3 large radishes, thinly sliced

1 tbsp. lime juice

2 tsp. toasted sesame oil

2 tbsp. black and white sesame seeds

Kosher salt

black pepper

For the Farro, Corn and Green Onion Salad

4 ears corn, husked

2 c. cooked farro

2 green onions, thinly sliced

3 tbsp. lemon juice

1 1/2 tbsp. olive oil

Kosher salt

black pepper

Directions
  1. For the Frico Cups: Grate Parmesan and make piles, 2 inches apart, on a lined baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F until melted but not quite brown (6 minutes); use a thin metal spatula to quickly transfer to muffin pan, pressing lightly in centers. Cool before filling.
  2. For the Grape Tomato, Olive and Feta Salad: In medium bowl, combine grape tomatoes, green olives, feta cheese, sherry vinegar, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper; garnish with basil.
  3. For the Sesame, Cucumber and Radish Salad: Toss cucumbers and radishes with lime juice, sesame oil, and sesame seeds. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. For the Farro, Corn and Green Onion Salad: Preheat grill on medium-high. Grill corn 10 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove from grill, let cool. Cut kernels off into large bowl; toss with farro, green onions, lemon juice, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Simple, summery and a great little appetizer with a salty parmesan bowl of its own.!

 

 


Almost Homemade Pasta Sauce

Almost Homemade Pasta Sauce

Almost Homemade Pasta SauceI used to make homemade Pasta Sauce with fresh tomatoes and seasonings.  Those days are long gone.  With everything going on I just can’t seem to find the time so like many busy folks I started to use store bought sauce in a jar.  There are many brands and flavors out there, many of them are just fine I guess, but they just aren’t the same as homemade.  Well you don’t have to settle for generic pasta sauce.  With just a bit of dressing up you can make jar pasta sauce taste like homemade.  Yes even the less expensive store brands!  All it takes are a few extra ingredients stirred into the sauce as you heat it.  No chopping involved, promise!

I make this sauce to use for spaghetti, ziti, and other pasta dishes.  You can even use it for pizza, and it’s great for dipping my Stromboli in!

You can make sauce ahead for later use.  I usually pour it into mason jars and store in the fridge for about a week or so.  For longer storage you can seal it or freeze it in the jars, that way you’ll always have pasta sauce handy!

I like to use fresh herbs from my garden.  I always keep small pots of herbs in the kitchen.  It’s a very inexpensive way to add fresh herbs when you need them.  Just pinch off what you need when you need it.  But if you don’t have fresh herbs no worries, just use the spices in you spice rack!

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Here’s what you need to dress up your store bought jar of pasta sauce.

Ingredients:

1 Jar or Can of Pasta Sauce – Original or Garlic & Onion work best

1 Can Diced Stewed Tomatoes – Italian Style – half drained

1 Tbls.  Garlic Powder

1 Tsp.  Oregano (fresh or dried)

1/2 Tsp. Rosemary (fresh or dried)

1/2 Tsp. or 3-4 leaves Basil (fresh or dried)

Directions:

Place jar pasta sauce in a pot.

Add stewed tomatoes, garlic, and herbs.  If you’re using fresh herbs rinse them in water, pat dry with a paper towel, and tear into small pieces before adding to sauce.

Stir to mix well.

Simmer about 15 minutes, stirring every few minutes to keep from scorching.

Serve over hot pasta or place in jars for later use.

Store sauce in the fridge for about a week or freeze.

 

 

Almost Homemade Pasta Sauce
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Dress up store bought jar pasta with a few easy ingredients. It will taste like homemade!
Servings
2 Quarts
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Servings
2 Quarts
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Almost Homemade Pasta Sauce
Print Recipe
Dress up store bought jar pasta with a few easy ingredients. It will taste like homemade!
Servings
2 Quarts
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Servings
2 Quarts
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Quarts
Instructions
  1. Place jar pasta sauce in a pot.
  2. Add stewed tomatoes, garlic, and herbs. If you're using fresh herbs rinse them in water, pat dry with a paper towel, and tear into small pieces before adding to sauce.
  3. Stir to mix well.
  4. Simmer about 15 minutes, stirring every few minutes to keep from scorching.
  5. Serve over hot pasta or place in jars for later use.
  6. Store sauce in the fridge for about a week or freeze.
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