Low-Carb White Cheddar Crisps with Rosemary and Black Pepper make a great addition to your New Year’s Eve festivities, and not just for low-carb eaters!
I got you something, so show me a smile. It came in the form of an order accompanied by a wink, and because it was one of my best friends giving it, I knew two things: 1) it was something I would love, and 2) I had better smile.
I did the ear-to-ear teeth-baring smile (you know, like this emoji –> :D) and that seemed to satisfy her. She revealed a giant bag of cheese crisps that she had been holding behind her back and I literally squealed in delight. She knew it had been months since I’d been able to find them!
I feel a little sheepish admitting that despite it being a really, really big bag of crisps, it doesn’t last more than a week or so in my house. And I have been hearing the rumors for quite some time now; everyone and their brother (in the low-carb world) talks about how ridiculously easy cheese crisps are to make. In their most basic form, the only ingredient you need is cheese.
I decided to try them for myself and see, and lo and behold, they are, in fact, just as easy as everyone says they are. I used white Cheddar for these crisps, but the rumors also say that you can use things like Parmesan, Gouda, and Monterey Jack, to name just a few. My favorite store-bought variety is the Parmesan, so that’s what I’ll be trying next.
Here I paired a bit of piney fresh rosemary and freshly cracked black pepper with white Cheddar. You can use any herbs you like though, and have fun with the spices too. I think a hint of smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, or garlic powder would be good. Maybe za’atar for Middle Eastern flair. Or you could do taco spice blend for Tex-Mex flavored crisps! Now that I know just how easy these are to make I can see that the possibilities really are endless.
And it definitely bears mentioning that these would be absolutely perfect for serving at a festive holiday party or at your New Year’s Eve party! They’re just as addictive as potato chips, and not just to low-carbers. They can be eaten as-is or served along with your favorite dip.
And here are a few other cheesy appetizer party food ideas…
What’s your favorite cheesy appetizer or party food?
- 4 oz (115 g) white Cheddar, shredded
- 1½ teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 350F; line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Divide the cheese into 12 parts and arrange each in about a 2-inch circle on the baking sheets (6 cheese crisps per large baking sheet; each is about 1½ to 2 tablespoons of shredded cheese). You can make them smaller if you like, but you may have to reduce baking time. Sprinkle the rosemary and black pepper on top of each.
- Bake until the cheese is starting to brown along the outside, about 9 to 11 minutes, rotating the trays once halfway through.
- Cool on the trays before removing (they’ll crisp up as they cool).
- I prefer to serve them within 2 hours of making them.