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Parmesan Cups and Bowls

Prep: 5 mins | Cook: 15 mins | Total: 20 mins | Servings:8


Parmesan Cups and Bowls
Parmesan Cups and Bowls
Parmesan Cups and Bowls
Edible bowls are fun! Before I decided to change my ways, I lived in a world of bowls made from entire loafs of bread and/or the occasionally massive fried tortilla. Those days are behind me, but ... that doesn't mean that the edible bowl has been lost on me! Edible bowls can still exist in the form of ... melted parmesan cheese!

This recipe is a little difficult to present in that different brands have different amounts of water within them (more moisture means a longer cooking time). Also, a bowl doesn't need to be tiny. You could make a huge bowl, if you've got the equipment for it!

Ultimately, the method is this: Spread a thin layer of parmesan cheese on the bottom of a non-stick pan and simmer over medium-low heat until its moisture has all evaporated and the color has somewhat darkened to a yellow-orange. CAREFULLY pry the hot melted fried cheese disk out of the pan and drape it over the top of an upside-down bowl. Do this quickly, as the cheese will begin to harden the moment it touches the cool air. Try and do it all in one swift motion. Let it sit there for 5 minutes, then remove. Cheese bowl!

In my case, I made very small piles of cheese on top of a silicon baking mat and baked at a low temperature for about 10 minutes. Then, I removed them and quickly pressed them into the top of an upturned mini-muffin pan, where they hardened.

Large or small, you can fill them with things like salads, other cheeses, fruits, etc. I wouldn't suggest filling them with liquids, though ... they're kinda leaky!

Note: Larger ones are easier to form.

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IngredientsCaloriesFatProteinCarbsFiberSA'sNet Carbs
1 cup (100g)  parmesan cheese, grated43129384004
Totals (of 8 Servings):43129g38g4g0g0g4g
Per Serving:53.883.63g4.75g0.5g0g0g0.5g *


  1. Pre-heat oven to 275 F.
  2. Make 8 small circular piles of cheese on your baking mat. Pat them down and spread each pile, so that the cheese is even throughout the small circle. Each circle should have a diameter of about 2-1/2 inches.
  3. Place a series of 8 shot glasses, or a muffin pan, or a mini-muffin pan on the counter top, all upside-down.
  4. Watch the cheese. It will melt and start to look yellow-orange and will mostly stop bubbling, when it's ready. Remove the tray and with a thin spatula, or even a butter knife, pry each circle off the mat and QUICKLY drape each circle over each upturned cup. Be careful not to burn yourself, but be quick, so they don't harden on the tray or in the air. They should harden on the cups.
  5. After a few minutes ... remove and full with stuff!

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Can you use cheddar?

 Pamela  1/8/2015


---Reply posted by DJ on 1/8/2015
Yep! Click the search button at the top and search for cheddar bowls or cheddar taco shells for some fun ideas!

Shell, yep! That would work! I just caution you on using pre-grated cheeses. They use different kinds of starches to keep the cheese from sticking and clumping. It's better to grate your own. $.02

 DJ  9/30/2014


I tried Costco's "finely shredded cheddar and monteray jack cheese" (mixed cheeses in a double set of bags), it worked wonderfully and had a unique taste. Thank you for all the great ideas!

 Shell  9/29/2014


Things like this never last long around here, either, Colleen. Take a look at my <a href="">hazelnut-parmesan crackers</a> for a TRUE treat. You'll be blown away! :)

 DJ  9/9/2014


These are amazingly delicious. I just made them as soon as I saw this recipe. Can't wait to make more ... as they apparently disappear as soon as they cool. =;

 Colleen Huskey  9/7/2014


Yes, Jackie, I use parchment paper on a baking sheet.

 unknown  8/6/2014


Jackie, probably! I haven't done it, but ... I'm relatively certain it would work just fine. Maybe try a small experiment to be sure, but ... I suspect you'll be fine. If you do it, please report your findings. Thank you! :)

 DJ  7/14/2014


Can you use parchment paper instead of the silicone mat?

 Jackie  7/12/2014


Jen ... whoops! A year too late, but ... I used Reggiano. I suspect the stuff in the green cans wouldn't work, but ... I've never tried it. It might! Molly ... sounds tasty! I'd worry that the melted cheese would be picking up some of the wax from the Dixie plate, though ... Maybe it's fine. It just crossed my mind ... In any event ... it does sound yummy! :)

 DJ  7/2/2014


I've made parmesan chips for years. They're even better seasoned with garlic powder and a little salt (optional)! I make mine in the microwave on a Dixie paper plate. I have even made small taco shells, to hold spaghetti!

 Molly Dollins  7/1/2014


What kind of parmesan did you use? Will this work with the shredded parm that comes in the tubs?

 Jen Houck  4/10/2013