There are probably already recipes out there for these addictive little treats, but I came upon them totally by mistake. When Zander and I made pizza the other night, a lot of the “cheese” wound up on the baking sheet rather than on the pizza itself. While I was slicing the pizza, I absentmindedly nibbled on a piece of the crunchy “cheese” and discovered that it was really tasty!
So today while Zander was napping, I decided to try and recreate these little crisps, and it was a huge success. I am already imagining all sorts of yummy ways to use them, everything from “cheese” croutons for salads to fancy little hors d’oeuvres crackers to something fun and cheesy to dip in salsa. There are so many possibilities! But for now, all I want to do is eat them straight from the oven. They are sooooo good.
Here’s how to make them:
DAIYA VEGAN CHEESE CRISPS
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Place Daiya vegan cheese (I used cheddar, but I’m sure mozzarella would be just as tasty) by the pinchful on an ungreased baking sheet. Space them about a half inch apart, as they may spread slightly. (NOTE: I thought about just sprinkling “cheese” all over the tray and then breaking it apart into pieces later, but I think that it would be really hard to flip something so large, and besides, the crunchy edges are the best part).
Bake at 350° F for between 5-10 minutes, then take them out and flip them with a spatula. You will know that they are ready to flip when the outer edges are crispy (but not burned), while the middles are still soft and glistening on top. (NOTE: If you don’t have a spatula handy, you could just pick these up by one of the outer edges and flip them that way.)
After flipping the crisps, turn your oven OFF, and put them back in for another 5-10 minutes. I left my oven door cracked open slightly, but I don’t know whether that made a difference. I left it open mostly because I didn’t want to forget they were in there (as if I could).
Before you know it, they will be perfectly crisp and ready to eat. I challenge you not to eat them all in one sitting!