Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Parmesan, Walnut and Arugula Baskets

Prep/Total Time: 30 Minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Recipe Source: Anna Maria Wharton of Staten Island, NY by way of Taste of Home April/May 2009


1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese

2 Tablespoons finely chopped walnuts


4 cups fresh arugula or spring mix salad greens

½ cup green grapes, halved

2 Tablespoons chopped walnuts

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 Tablespoon raspberry vinegar

¼ teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoons pepper


Heat a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle 3 Tablespoons cheese and 1 teaspoon walnuts over the bottom of the skillet. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until edges are golden brown and cheese is bubbly. Remove from the heat and let stand for 30 seconds.

Using a spatula, carefully remove cheese mixture and immediately drape over an inverted glass with a 2”-diameter bottom; cool completely. Repeat with remaining cheese and walnuts, forming 6 baskets.


In a large bowl, combine the arugula, grapes and walnuts. Whisk the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper; pour over arugula mixture and toss to coat Place ½ cup salad in each basket Serve immediately.

MAKE AHEAD – Store baskets between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

TIP – Try baking smaller rounds of the cheese mixture on parchment paper in the oven at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Shape over smaller glasses to fill for appetizers. Or, leave flat and use as a garnish for soup or potatoes.

VARIATIONS – Add 1-2 teaspoons of your favorite spice or fresh herbs. Caesar salad garnished with a small piece of roasted red bell pepper in these bowls is fabulous.

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