Sunday, July 26, 2009

Parmesan Tortilla Crisps

This post is much like the snack that this post talks about. Quick, filling, addictive and easy to make. I saw this on Giada's show and wanted it immediately. Its a different thing that I saw it when I was on my No-Carb week and craved it more. I made this quite some time after that when A (who gets cranky without food) came back from work and for some weird reason (you could read it as laziness on my part if you are not judgmental), dinner wasn't cooked. We usually have an early dinner and dinner is done by the time he reaches home. It wasn't my fault really. He came in early that day, you see. He came in at 4. Now, who eats at 5 PM? So, before he exploded with hunger or changed the channel to watch 11 innings of random people playing ball and another million people chewing and spewing peanuts, I decided to take matters in my hands and made these, against his wishes. He is very systematic about his eating habits. He'd rather have 3 square meals a day than munch in between unless they are Indian snacks fed by his mother. Anyway, since I've made my point, let's move on. Now, you can scroll to see the pic, yes.

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Ingredients

2-3 Tortillas - I used corn, since we usually use the multi grain ones for his lunch (No, I don't make Rotis everyday for him *anymore*)
Paprika/Chilli powder - 1 tbsp +
Salt/Garlic Salt - 1 tbsp
Dried herbs - I used oregano.
Parmesan cheese- A handful, grated
Olive oil - 1-2 tbsp
Coriander/Parsley - a sprig or two. I used coriander.

1. Make the herb-salt-paprika oil. Reduces preparation steps from 3 to 1. Heat the olive oil, add the herbs, salt and paprika and mix well. Let it sit for 2 mins. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350F

2. Line the tortillas like an assembly line on your cutting board. The idea is to make the preparation of the dish sound so complicated that only a systematic person like you can do it. So, do the show. Its worth it and makes life easy. Especially, when you have a cranky kid threatening to burst anytime.

3. Apply the herbed-salted- paprikad Olive oil on both sides of the tortillas - using a pastry brush makes it easier. But if you are like me, get your hands messy, so you can lick it off later. Or use a spoon or something, if you are one of those cleanliness nitpickers. If you do use a pastry brush, make sure the person you're making it for sees it. If you are using your hand, this job is best done discreetly.

4. Now, cut the well-oiled tortilla into strips or chips - whatever you prefer. I preferred strips to show that this was different from tortilla chips :D

5. Arrange on a greased baking tray and sprinkle Parmesan cheese on the strips. Bake for a good 5-10 mins. As soon as the strips start curling up or turning a little brown, switch off oven and let it stay for a good 2-3 more mins. It will get crisp on its own. you don't have to wait until the strips turn crisp or brown to switch off the oven. Like I did, the first time around. Well, you all learn from my mistakes, so be grateful now!

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6. Serve after taking pictures even if the person you love most who you are making it for is ready to kill you with sheer hatred. What is the point of love, if you can't love someone who is ready to beat you up? You will always get your chance again, sometime. Or, most of the time.

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Like it? Let me be a propah blogger and tell you how good this is for kids when they come back from school. Instead of feeding them junk and sugar, feed them some carbs with cheese. Its not bad when they're 10 and run around the whole day! :) No, I don't mean to compare A to a kid. I'm serious. So what if he's cranky when he's hungry, so what if doesn't take anything seriously, so what if he refuses to blog anymore (like a kid who's lost interest in his old toy), so what if he insists on baking sugary stuff and eating it, so what if he sleeps like a gorilla while I'm typing this out on a Sunday morning waiting for my bagels to come out of the oven! So what do you do when you need to vent? Do you make easy-peasy snacks like this? Or, do you make a post out of it? :P

29 comments:

Natashya said...

They look like a great snack, I love Giada too.
I think we all go in and out of blogging, sometimes we are more enthusiastic than others. :)

Parita said...

Oh these look grt, love the addition of parsley and coriander, perfect snack time munching!

SJ said...

lovely lovely pics! Aioo that 'Food Inc" did no good for you, now you are giving bashan and all abt. what to feed kids!

Arch said...

Good to read your posts again...Your pics are awesome..and writing a post to vent is always a great idea !!

Lisa said...

Wonderful! I bet these would be good with dill too instead of oregano. I would happily eat these for dinner :)

rads said...

Forget the chips, those pictures look so good I could eat them! :-))

Awesome job

Chef Jeena said...

Great snack it looks so tasty.

Uma said...

nice idea to make crisps with tortillas. they look tooooo tempting! How are you?

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

Tortilla Crisps looks very nice and tempting.

Nags said...

what pics!! and that's a nice recipe. glad to see you back

Sush said...

great snacks, lovely pictures & I loved reading your post, especially.., when you compare A to a kid :p

Raaga said...

Looks lovely... I need some help getting back interest in my old toy.

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy recipe dear..nice picture

Donna-FFW said...

HIHIHI!! Great to see you back! What a delicious recipe to post upon your return. Perfect snack food!

Sakshi said...

Great pics and recipe. thanks for all that health facts. I need them very badly as am on the prowl eating only cheesy things ;)

SJ said...

LOL @ Sakshi, cheese dont u ever mention that!!!! LOL!

Jaime said...

those look fabulous! my hubby would love those

Elle said...

These look delish and very snackable!

Jayashree said...

Alright....I've been drooling at those pics for long enough...time to go and read that recipe now :-))

aquadaze said...

anything with cheese in it makes me go weak in the knees! Lovely pictures

Megan said...

Funny and delicious post! I'll be giving these a try. :)

Hannah said...

Oh these sound fantastic! I'm not real big on regular tortilla chips, but I'd love to try out this formula with nutritional yeast in place of the parmesan...

burpandslurp said...

oh, they look absolutely delectable! Crunchy, and so flavorful with that parmesan! Yummy~

Susan said...

This would do in my low-carb diet, too. Yummy chips!

Rahin said...

delicious looking , good snack

Bong Mom said...

Oh you are back. Read about all the good time you had, back to real life now, huh ???

The chips look mighty good

Cakelaw said...

These look delicious - very tasty.

A_and_N said...

Thanks everyone! :)

Vani said...

Remember the days you were looking for tips on food pictures? Now look at them! Amazing clicks, girl!