Crispy Cheese Bowls




About: I'm a maker with a penchant for art and a love of sculpting the unsettling. I also appreciate the history of deep craft traditions and would be a good part of any post apocalypse survival team.
I was eating a grilled cheese the other day and got some of that grilled crispiness on the outside and thought, I just want more of that and only that. So I cooked up some cheese and made it into bowls for the game. These are super simple crispy cheese bowls to make any salad just that much unhealthier. Great for taco salad or to just dip in salsa. It's like lazy nachos. Chip and cheese in one.

What you'll need:
  • Shredded cheese
  • Paper towels
  • Small bowl
  • Pan

Step 1: Apply Heat

Using a flat bottomed wok or just a frying pan, put in a handful of cheese on medium heat. After about a minute, it will start to bubble out evenly. At this point I usually pour off any excess oil thats been released, but that's optional. When the edges start to look just barely golden brown, use a spatula to lift around the edges first and then under the middle. You want the cheese to still be floppy, but if your spatula sticks, give it a few more seconds.

Step 2: Form It Into a Bowl

These steps should happen fairly quickly, so be sure to have everything prepped ahead of time. Moving the cooked cheese, carefully place it onto a small cup or bowl that you're using as your mold. Take a folded paper towel and press it onto the cheese on top of the form. Hold it in the shape for about 10 seconds and then remove the paper towel. If it sticks, cook the next one a little longer. At this point it should be stiff and crispy. Take it off the mold and move on to the next one.

Step 3: Or Don't

Alternately, you can just put it on a paper towel flat and then break it into chips. Since a full bowl is a lot of cheese, the chips can be good to just put out next to the salad. I like to put them into craft paper cones. It elevates it a little beyond overcooked cheese.

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    I've made these by accident before, but never thought of it as a stand-alone snack. I am going to be trying this for sure!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I've made these with a little flour tossed in with the cheese before baking in a hot oven (on parchment paper or a silpat). It makes them a little crunchier and with more body. If you need gluten free, you could use non-wheat flour. Parmesean and Asiago work great too, although your melty, cheddary cheese is making me hungry.

    Great pictures, and love the bowl idea. Oh the power of cheese!

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    5 years ago

    Omg, I found out about this and totally flipped! Love em. I just made fried cheese the other day, because some cheese came out of my grilled cheese too. I was like???? But I ate it, and it was awesome, now I purposely burn shredded cheese in pan to eat. Now these are just perfect for me, and are genius. Love these. Forget about tortilla bowls these rock! Thanks for sharing with us!


    I also used to make flat chips like ones, but this is a very good idea. Thank you!


    5 years ago

    Genius, i used to just make flat ones to munch on like chips, but shaping them into a bowl is such an awesome idea