Dina's Recipe
Parmesan Cheese Baskets


For four baskets

- 240g Grated Parmesan Cheese (Parmigiano Reggiano DOP)
- 2 Fuji Apples
- 80g Long Radicchio
- 50g Fresh Baby Spinach
- 15g Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
- Salt

For the Balsamic Vinegar Glaze

- 50g Balsamic Vinegar
- 20g Sugar Cane



For your Parmesan baskets with crunchy apple salad, start by preparing the glaze.


1 Place the balsamic vinegar and cane sugar in a small saucepan and let it reduce over a medium heat for a few minutes.
2 Transfer the reduction into a bottle and put it in the fridge to harden for at least half an hour: by cooling down it will thicken and acquire the consistency of a glaze.

Then, proceed with the preparation of the baskets.

3 Brush a frying pan of 16-18 cm diameter with a little butter (if you have a good non-stick pan you can skip this step, but it will help to make the baskets shinier).
4 Heat it slightly and pour in a quarter of the Parmesan included in the recipe (60g)
5 Evenly spread the Parmesan in the pan, using a spatula. Then let the cheese melt, over a medium flame, until it starts making bubbles and takes on a light color.
6 Remove the pan from the heat and let the cheese set for a minute.
7 With the help of a spatula, gently remove the Parmesan wafer from the pan, (which will still be quite soft) and place it with a quick movement over an upturned small bowl, which you have previously placed on a sheet of paper towel or on a plate. Allow the basket cool down completely.
8 Proceed in the same way with the remaining three baskets.
9 When all the baskets are finished, wash the radicchio and cut it into julienne strips. Put it in a small bowl and season with some oil and salt.
10 Wash the apples, cut them in half and remove the core. Then cut the apples into thin slices.

Now it is time to compose the dishes.

11 Place each basket in a saucer and arrange the apple slices on 2/3 of the basket. Then place the spinach and radicchio. Add 3 more slices of apple on top of the remaining part of the circle. Finally garnish with a drizzle of cold balsamic vinegar glaze.

Your Parmesan baskets with crispy apple salad are ready! Buon Appetito!


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