Parmesan Puffs
     These crunchy cheesy puffed parmesan snacks are so easy to make and so tasty, it's going to be hard to keep cheese stocked in your fridge. A minute or two in the microwave and a couple minutes to cool and that's it! You can make them with any hard aged cheese. I used Pecorino Romano but I'd be interested what other people try. Just leave a comment below.
     Cut your parmesan rind into approximately 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch. Experiment with the size and type of hard cheese to see what you like best. In fact, these little puffs of cheese are so good, you'll probably just start making them out of the rest of the cheese when the rind is gone. The rind puffs and holds it's shape more while the paste tends to flatten.
     Place the cheese chunks on a plate and microwave for 1 to 2 minutes depending on the amount of cheese on the plate and the power of your microwave. You'll have to experiment with the optimal timing. Only took me two tries to figure out 2 minutes was the best amount of time for my microwave.
     The cheese puffs are done when they are slightly browned and puffed up to about twice the original size. Immediately remove them from the plate or they may stick. However, wait a couple minutes before eating or they could burn your mouth. Just enough time to start your next batch cause the first will be gone in no time.
     I haven't tried it yet but these puffs might be great on a salad. It's going to be hard to stop snacking on them and save enough to top your salad.
     This brilliant recipe courtesy of Richard Blais. Richard Blais is one of my all time favorite chefs from Top Chef.

Ingredients: Serves: 4

Cheese Puff
  1 Each Parmesan Cheese Rind (or other hard cheese)

Steps: Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cube Rind
Cut parmesan cheese rind into 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch chunks. Don't stop at the rind if you like the puffs.
Microwave the rind chunks for 1 to 2 minutes depending on the power of your microwave.
Transfer the puffs to a serving plate immediately or they may stick to the plate. Wait a couple minutes before serving.
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