Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Parmesan Wraps – a Gourmet Appetizer

I hope that you have all had a wonderful weekend with your families and that those of you who are moms were pampered silly. Today I want to share with you a fun appetizer that I made on Saturday. Parmesan Wraps with a Mediterranean party sandwich filling - they were meant to have a ricotta-based filling but after I had already started making my wraps I realized that I did not have any ricotta so I quickly got to work on an alternative. 

To make the Parmesan Wraps
For the Parmesan wraps you will need plenty of freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano.
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  Grate the Parmigiano Reggiano.
  2. Prepare a baking tray with some parchment paper.
  3. Place a cookie cutter on the tray and spoon in a thin layer of the grated Parmigiano Reggiano. Carefully remove the cookie cutter and move to another spot on the tray and do the same.
  4. I made 4 hearts on each tray (do not try to overload a tray because you will not be able remove and mold them fast enough before they solidify again) – if you are fast, 6 would be the max. If you take your time like I do 4 is the max.
  5. Place the tray in the oven for 3 minutes.  Remove and let the cheese set for about 30 seconds.
  6. Use a spatula to pick up each heart and curve it in your hand. You need to do this fast before they solidify completely.

Here's the filling I used for the eight wraps I made. Note that these Parmesan wraps are very strong tasting, so one wrap should normally be enough for each person. It is intended only as an appetizer.

Filling for 8 wraps
1 boiled egg
1 half large beefeater tomato seeded and diced
Cream cheese
Feta cheese
Some grated Parmesan
About 10 fresh basil leaves finely chopped
2 slices of rosemary ham, finely chopped

Mix all ingredients (except for the grated Parmesan) together in a blender for 30 seconds on puree mode. Add the grated Parmesan.

Fill only just before serving - you do not want the wonderful crispy Parmesan Wrap to get soggy with the filling
My First Blog Awards
WOW! I can't believe that I am even saying this. I've been blogging for just over 5 months now, and to be honest I never expected anything back. At first I had not even realized that there were so many of you out there doing the same, it took me some time to understand how this all worked and how I could make blogging friends.  It has just been an amazing few months. This weekend Tina tagged me twice with awards. First with a bunch of eight awards and then with the versatile blogger award.

Tina shares the most wonderful Filipino recipes on her blog Pinay in Texas Cooking corner. It’s wonderful to read her stories about the recipes she shares and learn a lot about Filipino culture in the meantime. Do pop over to her lovely site and join her followers, I'm sure you will enjoy it as much as I do.
So here are the first eight awards which I have grouped into one picture:

The next award came with some conditions. In order to accept the versatile blogger award, a recipient must share 7 things about themselves and pass it on to another 15 bloggers who deserve it. So first the seven things: I love being creative with food; I was once a certified scuba diver; I love nature; I love to read a good book; I like hiking; I cringe at the thought of eating raw onion and roses are my favorite flowers.

Now the Award as I pass it on to the next 15 deserving bloggers:

The 15 deserving bloggers (ok I think they are 16), are :

Eftychia from Dream of Cakes

Gourmatine from Gourmatine's Blog

Magic of Spice from The ardent Epicure

Katrina from In Katrina's Kitchen

Gwenevere from Apron Apeal

Joshua from Just Eat

Ellie from I love to cook

Hester Casey from Alchemy in the Kitchen

Tammy from Il Dolce Bacio

I love all of your blogs. Please do pass on the Award and put a smile on some unsuspecting blogger's face J


  1. Congradulations for your first two awards!! Thanks you so much for passing it on to me...

  2. cheesy, lacy goodness. love them in heart shapes.

    Congrats on the award!

  3. These are such a cute idea!

    Congrats so much on your award!! You deserve it, great blog!

  4. This looks and sounds so delicious. Love the wrap but love the filling more. Basil, ham, tomatoes and cheeses: lovely combo.

  5. You are so deserving of these lovely awards... I am so honored to be among this fabulous list of foodies~ I am so behind of all of these to pass on thank you so much I really appreciate being part of this lovely cyber family~ your wrap is fantastic! So creative too!

  6. What a great idea to use Parmesan crisps to hold a filling!

  7. Hi Chris, Very pretty hearts and good advice not to overload the tray. Congrats on your bouquet of awards and thanks for passing on the versatile blogger! I am looking forward to reading all the other versatile blogs.

  8. Congrats on winning the award!! Thanks for passing the award my way! Those Parmesan wraps look so lovely :)

  9. You are so very deserving of this award Chris! Congratulations!!! I'm honored that you would include me in this list. I am planning an "awards" post soon and I'll be happy to link you up! You are just a sweetheart! Great recipe today by the way! ♥- Katrina

  10. grazie davvero moltissimo chris per questo splendido premio lo accetto molto volentieri. Un saluto

  11. Congratulations! The awards are very well deserved. Thank you too, for deeming me worthy to be included with that group of amazing bloggers.

    Those Parmesan wraps are gorgeous. So dainty and sweet, but packing powerful flavor. I love them.

  12. Chris, thank you so much dear for the award!!! To read your comment was such a treat- it brought a smile to my face!

    And these Parmesan Wraps sound and look delightful! I would love to have these to munch on!


  13. What a great ricotta substitution! Congrats on the awards!!

  14. Congratulations on the award :) And thanks!! I don't think I have every had rosemary ham? I will have to look into it. These sound fantastic!

  15. Hi Chris congrats on your awrads! :D
    Those Parmesan wraps look heavenly!

  16. I love that these parmesan wraps are heart shaped, so adorable and with such a great filling idea...very nice!
    Chris, congratulations on all of these awards, very well deserved indeed! And thank you so much for passing this award on to me, I am honored and smiling this morning :)

  17. Ciao Cris, belle le cialde ripiene...adesso curioso un po per il blog

    saluti Paul

  18. These parmesan wraps are a great idea! I can think of all kinds of fillings for it. Congrats on your awards!

    Thanks for visiting and following my blog. Glad to follow you back :)

  19. This looks amazing and very delicious! Thanks for sharing and congrats on the award!

  20. I know I would love these! Thank you for the nice award you gave my daughter and all of your kind comments on our blogs. Blessings, Catherine xoxo

  21. Great idea and a terrific alternative to ricotta. These would be fun to serve at a party. Congrats on your awards!

  22. You had me at Parmesan! These look amazing and are so versatile. Congrats on your award!

  23. Oooops.. make it two!
    Look: a shower of awards for you http://en.alterkitchen.it/2011/05/11/blue-cheese-and-pears-risotto/

  24. Congratulations on your well-deserved awards. And many thanks for passing one on to me - I am behind with all that happened this week but will catch up. I love, love, love these Parmesan crisp wraps.

  25. Hi Chris,

    You have a wonderful blog and congratulations on the award. Thanks for you invite in foodbuzz too! :) :)

  26. Those parmesan wraps are beautiful! I would eat them straight out of the oven like crackers! Very pretty! : )

  27. Congrats.You deserve all the awards..you have a beautiful blog with great dishes.I found your blog while browsing.I am your newest follower.Hope you can drop by and visit me. www.cookiedropletsetcbymarelie.com

  28. Congratulations on your awards Chris! Your parmesan wraps are really nice! What a great idea - I like when they are see-through! Super cute!

  29. Thank you all so much for your lovely comments and good wishes. It's been such fun getting to know you all through your blogs ... and your beautiful comments certainly helps keep mine going!

  30. A very creative cheesy wrap recipe!

  31. How Sweet!!! Thank you for the award!!

  32. Ha Ha, I see someone's beaten me to this but I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award too!:) I love your blog and the great recipes! These Parmesan Wraps sounds SO good! Perfect for a dinner party. Yum!

  33. These wraps are sensational: so delicate and sophisticated! Congratulations on your awards which are very much deserved and thank you for thinking of me! :) Have a nice and tasty week!

  34. I want to pass on another award to you Chris, The Sisterhood Of World Bloggers Award, for being such a good blog friend! Check it out on this post.
    Best regards!

  35. Congrats on your awards! :) and I absolutely love the delicate 'lace' heart shape look to these, so beautiful and creative. And I'm sure they taste awesome. Well done!!

  36. These are amazing! And such a grain recipe for someone like me who doesn't really eat too many grains


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