Over the weekend I decided to trial making some ‘fake’ taco shells using my Parmesan cheese crisp recipe (see original here) and what a success they turned out to be!
Not difficult to make, I used the original recipe but made the discs a bit larger, cooked as previously and then after cooling a little, draped them over a wooden spoon to make the taco shell type shape – easy peasy. Several people made them and also declared them a resounding success for the Bank Holiday weekend food fest. I filled mine with lettuce, avocado, tomato salsa, some spicy cooked chicken but left out the traditional cheese since I thought it might be over-kill with the strong tasting cheese shell. I am told that you can use other milder cheeses but they may not turn out as crisp – I wanted the crunch!
One devotee suggested that they would make a great taco salad bowl and I have to agree so I have tried out the idea today – and what a joy! This time I used the same recipe and instructions but made the round of cheese larger and used my 1 cup portion, cook and serve measuring cup (see here) as the mould to drape the warm Parmesan crisp over so that it drapes and folds to make a basket or ‘bowl’ to fill with traditional taco fare. Make as large or as small as you like – mini ones are great for appetisers or small appetites and a large one would make a great family or buffet table centre piece. My one cup size was ideal for a regular portion or large WLS one but adjust to suit your own needs and appetite.
Now when it comes to filling your taco ‘bowl’ then you can choose your own family or dietary favourite. Include lettuce or greens, beans, tomatoes, salsa, onions, taco meat, cheese, avocado, dressing and, of course, coriander/cilantro in the proportions you like. I filled mine without beans, but used lettuce, red onion, tomatoes, tomato salsa, spicy taco meat, avocado and just a sprinkling of grated cheese, topped with chopped coriander/cilantro. It was enjoyed by all and of course the beauty is that you can eat the ‘bowl’ or shell too – so less washing up – a win win in my book!