10 July 2007

Baby Greens in Frico Cups

Frico is put simply...fried cheese. For the cups I have seen many recipes using Parmesan or Montasio cheeses. Since I am in Canada why not use a wonderful aged Cheddar!!

(By the way the photo is taken by my dad!)

**Baby Greens in Frico Cups**

2 cups shredded white extra-old white Cheddar cheese
4 cups cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup shredded fresh basil
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh chives
8 cups mixed baby greens


1/3 cup grapeseed or extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
In a bowl, mix cheese with flour. Using 1/4 cup for each frico cup and baking only 2 at a time, mound cheese mixture about 6 inches apart on prepared pan; flatten slightly.

Bake in centre of 350F oven until golden around the edge, 11 - 12 minutes, watching to prevent browning. Let stand on pan on rack for 1 minute. With metal spatula, transfer each round to inverted 2-1/4 - 2/-1/2 -inch drinking glass and shape round to glass; let cool. (Make ahead: Store in paper-towel-lined airtight container for up to 1 day. If cup softens, recrisp in 350F for 1 minute; then reshape).

Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk oil, vinegar, salt and pepper; set aside.

Cut tomatoes in half and place in bowl. Add basil, chives and 3 T of the dressing; toss to combine. In separate bowl, toss mixed greens with remaining dressing. Arrange 3/4 cup greens in each frico cup; top or surround each with 1/2 cup tomato mixture.

Serves 8

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