Last week, I had a chance to peruse through my local supermarket aisles, and I found a lot of new crisp cracker- or chip-like snacks. Perhaps they're not really new, just that I haven't had time to visit the supermarket in the midst of all my school work. Actually, I'm still in the midst of my school work because it's nearing the end of term, but a visit to the supermarket was a much needed break. Anyway, I noticed these cheese crisps, these savoury wafers, and these cracker chips. And then I saw kale chips similar to these and toasted nori like these that my mom used to pack in my lunch (and then it'd get stuck in my teeth for the rest of the afternoon) when I was little. I'd wanted to try some of those, but found myself walking out of the store empty-handed and thinking how much fun it'd be to attempt making these products at home instead...
I feel the need to put a disclaimer here: I don't think my recipes here make the exact same products as the ones mentioned above, but they sure are a tasty enough substitute!
Cheese crisps: The Recipe
- 1 cup milk (I used skim, because it was the only kind I had today)
- 4 slices of processed cheese (I used Kraft Singles, but an equivalent weight chunk of Velveeta or some Cheese Whiz would probably do just as well)
- 4 tbsp garlic cream cheese
- 4 tbsp soy flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
300°F (~150°C) for 8 to 12 minutes or until surface just begins to turn golden. Remove from oven and try to peel off non-stick sheet. If it sticks, return it in the oven for a few more minutes (it's like making waffles with the press – if they're not completely cooked, they'll stick). Allow to cool, break into pieces and enjoy! Store leftovers in an air-tight container.
Note: Silicone or teflon sheets are necessary because parchment paper shrivels up when the wet batter is poured over, which makes it prone to burning.
Lettuce crisps: The Recipe
- half a head of lettuce
- 2 tsp olive oil
- pinch of salt (optional)
Note: These are much more delicate than those kale chips looked and probably resemble the toasted nori more.
|Cheese slices - I only used the four orange slices; the first slice was for my breakfast :)|
|Baked cheese crisps|
|Lettuce leaves before tossing|
|Baked lettuce crisps|
|Products from this morning's baking|