Fast Keto/No-Carb Side or Appetizer: Parmesan Crisps (Frico) - w/ Creamed Spinach
Updated: Jan 18, 2020
I make an easy "creamed" spinach with either cream cheese or sour cream or both. I mostly like spinach with cheese or pastry. Haha. :) I was looking at spinach recipes on the Food Network app and found this recipe for "Creamed Spinach with Crispy Cheese" by Molly Yeh.
Molly Yeh's food is influenced by both her Jewish and Chinese heritage with upper Midwest influences (where she lives). The crispy parmesan cheese appealed to me because I like cheese (haha :) ) and it provides a nice textural difference with the creamed spinach.
Around the same time, I had also seen a funny YouTube video which used a variation of a parmesan crisps/frico. Stay tuned for that post!
I wanted to see if I could make the frico/parmesan crisps on the stove. I had seen on the Food Network people make frico in the oven. It looked too easy!
Thursday, December 19, 2019, Attempt #1:
In her recipe, she makes creamed spinach from scratch. I just did my microwaved frozen spinach with a little bit of cream cheese/sour cream. Actually, I over-microwaved the spinach and it was no longer moist and was kind of dried out, but this worked out as you will see.
According to the recipe, all you do is put little mounds of parmesan in a non-stick pan on the stove and then cook 1 side for 30 sec. or until golden brown & flip them to cook the over side. I was skeptical, but I tried it. :)
RESULT: Success! :)
We are good at this! They turned out well and are really tasty; just some crispy cheese. The frico/parmesan crisps look so fancy, but are so easy to make. They take 30 sec.-1 min. to make! I could have made a few more in the pan at the same time.
They are pretty healthy too; it's just a little cheese. You don't even need oil in a pan. There are essentially no carbs, so I think it's keto.
You can eat it as a topping for creamed spinach as in the recipe. What I came up with on accident after over-microwaving my frozen spinach actually works as an appetizer too. You can spread a little of the frozen spinach mixture (either cooked properly and "creamed" or kind over-cooked and burnt :) ) onto a frico for an appetizer. They are a really cheap classy looking appetizer (maybe less than $0.05 or $0.10 -- 5 or 10 cents -- per appetizer; it's just frozen spinach and a little bit of cheese).
Here are some pics.
Give it a try! It's so easy! We are good at this!