Friday, October 10, 2014

3-Ingredient Parmesan Puffs

Let's keep it simple today. How about a 3-ingredient recipe?

I saw this "Parmesan puffs" recipe from a cookbook and curiosity got the better of me. How can these three ingredients come together to make a great snack? I had to make them.

Yum. In my opinion, it tastes like fried cheese. The puffs are soft, but crispy. And so good dipped in marinara sauce. They would also be great served with tomato soup.

3-Ingredient Parmesan Puffs— low calorie, low carb, cheesy snack or appetizer │thehappytulip.com

The key to this recipe is beating the egg whites long enough that you get "stiff peaks." It'll take at least 5 minutes with a mixer.

I can't imagine attempting this kind of recipe before electric mixers where invented. I think my arm would fall off.

egg whites whipped to stiff peaks for 3-Ingredient Parmesan Puffs— low calorie, low carb, cheesy snack or appetizer │thehappytulip.com


3-Ingredient Parmesan Puffs

Makes about 12

Ingredients


  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Directions


  1. Whip egg whites until stiff peaks form (about 5 minutes). 
  2. Gently fold the Parmesan cheese into the whipped egg whites.
  3. Heat olive oil over medium heat, then spoon the egg/cheese mixture in tablespoon dollops into the warmed oil.
  4. Brown on one side for about 3-4 minutes, then gently flip and brown the other side for an additional 2 minutes or so. Serve warm.

They taste great dipped in marinara! Or a sour cream dip would be excellent too.

3-Ingredient Parmesan Puffs— low calorie, low carb, cheesy snack or appetizer │thehappytulip.com



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7 comments:

  1. this looks fabulous, but how much cheese and olive oil? the instructions say 1/2, but i'm not sure if that's 1/2 cup or some other measure.

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    1. Thank you for catching that, Lissa! Yes, it's a 1/2 cup for both the cheese and the olive oil.

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  2. These look amazing! Can't wait to try them!

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  3. In stead of olive oil, can coconut oil be used? Is it freshly ground parmesan - and could some other cheese be used (suggestions)? Would the puffs taste cold (in that case coconut oil would be probably preferable)?

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    1. I've never used coconut oil with these puffs, but I don't see a reason that it wouldn't work. They do taste best warm — I've tried reheating them and they weren't quite the same. I use freshly grated parmesan. If you would use another cheese, it would need to be finely grated and not too heavy so it wouldn't deflate the beaten egg whites. If you try a different cheese and it works out, let me know!

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  4. I wonder if these would work in the oven, like a meringue cookie.

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  5. So delicious so yummy so soft so crispy so GONE! Everyone loved these thank you for the recipe!

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