Monday, November 8, 2010

Chickpea Salad in Parmesan Bowl by him :-)

Hope you all had a beautiful weekend! We had a lovely time over Diwali, had loads of good food and sweets and the icing on the cake was that my hubby made this recipe for me over the weekend. I really really loved this one. He is a cheese freak and I am turning into one too, well, trying to...I do not like all varieties yet, especially the strong and pungent ones, but have definitely developed a taste for many kinds of cheeses. 



This parmesan cheese bowl tastes absolutely fantastic, it's easy to make and looks great too. It's also always an eye-catcher when we invite people over for a meal. You can also shape it almost any way you want while its still hot. It needs to be eaten fresh, however - the same day is fine, overnight it becomes dry and hard.

The cheese bowls work very well with any kind of salad or pasta. We had some chickpeas and some greens lying aruond, so used these in the salad. Other types of hard cheeses generally also work (but not all, so be careful!) - but the unique taste of parmesan makes it unequalled.


Of course, the best part about this recipe was...He did all the cooking, I was pampered like a child, and I totally loved it !!! :-)

Ingredients for the salad

1 cup - chickpeas, boiled
100 gram - corn salad / lamb's lettuce (Feldsalat)
1 - yellow tomato, chopped
walnuts, roughly chopped

For the dressing

4 tbsp - balsamico vinegar
4 tbsp - chilli oil
1 tbsp - honey (more or less)
salt and pepper to taste
(to be mixed together)

For the cheese bowl

120 grams - parmiggiano reggiano (parmesan), grated


Method 
  1. Mix the ingredients of the salad, except the walnuts in a bowl, toss in the dressing and let it stand for 15-20 mins.
  2. Spread the grated cheese on a non stick pan in a rough circle, 15cm to 20cm in diameter, according to the size of the pan and the size of the bowl you want.
  3. Place the pan on a medium flame and let the cheese cook for a minute to a minute and a half, until it turns slightly brownish and stops "sweating" oil. 
  4. Carefully remove the cheese with a spatula. Immediately, while still hot, place the cheese "plate" onto the backside of a bowl (or any other shape you want). 
  5. Press very gently into the shape of the bowl with a piece of tissue paper or a napkin.
  6. Remove carefully and let the cheese bowl cool and harden for a few minutes.
  7. Fill in the salad into the bowl, garnish with the walnuts, and serve!

Enjoy!

73 comments:

  1. A Wonderful salad, love the parmesan bowl !

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  2. Lovely, you lucky girl with your husband doing these for you!

    I often make parmesan basket, I guess I come from the Parmesan producing area of Italy and this is second nature to me, but it is great to see that it is also appreciated overseas, and use in creative ways.

    And it goes well with the chickpeas salad!

    Ciao
    Alessandra

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  3. Don't you just love it when the man cooks for you ;) A salad is always welcome especially I like one with chickpeas. Nice job hubby especially on the cheese bowl :)

    US Masala

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  4. Cheese bowl looks delicious Rachana. Your hubby did a wonderful job. Salad looks delicious too.

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  5. that is so cool! I LOVE Parmesan...might be trying this one for my next party!

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  6. What a beautiful cheese bowl for a lovely salad! My husband would love it, but that would be the day if he ever stepped foot into the kitchen! Lucky girl you!

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  7. Lovely looking salad dear. Your husband seems to be a great cook like you.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  8. that looks absolutely yum....

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  9. wow.. love it when "someone else" does the cooking and that looks perfect too... what more could you ask for?

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  10. I'm sure u must have enjoyed this treat ... ur hubby seems to be a real creative cook .... the basket looks amazing !!!

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  11. love the cheese bowl.....it looks soooooooo cute...lucky girl;-)

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  12. wounderful creativity,really lucky person u r...too gud clicks.

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  13. Loved the idea of cheese bowl .. very interesting and quite easy to prepare too

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  14. The salad looks lovely...:)

    Dr.Sameena@

    http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com

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  15. Beautiful photographs and a novel way of using parmesan cheese to make a bowl

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  16. Absolutely gorgeous cheese bowl,must have been a happy moment when you saw the end product,looks so delectable with the salad...

    simplehomefood.com

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  17. Very creative and beautiful dear, it's so special and looks yum...

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  18. what an utterly delicious, novel salad bowl!! I for sure will try this one :-) this post goes straight into my 'keepers' list!

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  19. Happy Diwali to u too!!

    Love the cheese bowl idea..This is what I am going to do for thanksgiving:-)

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  20. looks so cute. Nice recipe :)

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  21. This looks seriously good! I am a big fan of chickpea...so this would be perfect for me. The cheesy bowl is a great idea.

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  22. Wow thats a fabulous and cute looking cheese bowl, salad in cheese bowl looks utterly delicious..

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  23. The cheese bowl looks really delicious. A great idea for serving salads

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  24. lovely presentation. creative thought with cheese bowl. nice one.

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  25. Lovely pictures. Looks healthy too. Will try this out.

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  26. yummy n creative... god bless all of us wid such a nice hubby!!! :)

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  27. I love the greens peeping out of that lovely looking bowl...Looks very tempting REALLY!!

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  28. An exquisite snack in an edible bowl!

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  29. love the idea of salad in a cheese bowl...yummm!!

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  30. niceeee......gr8 food....happy diwali again!!!

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  32. lovely presentation! It will be perfect eye catcher for a party!

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  33. I am forwarding this post to my hubby for Inspiration... :-) LOL
    Love this parmesan shell and the salad sounds amazing!!

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  34. I too love parmesan bowls always... wonderful and tasty edible bowl.

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  35. awesome presentation..cheese bowls are very new to me..

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  36. Looks so cute and delicious..you are really lucky dear.

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  37. Super yummy recipe and definitely lucky to have him :)

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  38. beautiful recipe by him. love the smiley after the name...lucky you!

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  39. wow great idea they look gorgeous!

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  40. Mais c'est une pure merveille cette idée de présentation! ;)
    Je me régale rien qu'en regardant..
    Bonne soirée

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  41. The salad look gorgeous and healthy too..I m nt a great fan of parmesan though!

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  42. delicious presentation yummy
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  43. Parmesan bowl with a healthy salad is irresistible n kudos to your hubby for this refreshing recipe rachana .

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  44. Healhty and delicious salad..Loved the cheese bowl..

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  45. Wow, looks and sounds delicious!! Very unique idea, the cheese bowl-I must try it :)

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  46. He should be a fabulous cook! The bowl is super cheesy and delish with salad!

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  47. The cheese bowls are the cutest idea ever! This is a beautiful beautiful dish. love the pictures.

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  48. Wow, the recipe sounds delicious - and the bowls are gorgeous (and I bet pretty tasty too).

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  49. How wonderful of your husband to make this scrumptious treat for you! The parmesan cups look fantastic!

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  50. loved the salad even more the bowl...he must b a gr8 cook to turn out such a beauty.

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  51. Healthy recipe with wonderful presentation looks great. that Parmesan bowl is realy fabtastic.

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  52. The parmesan bowl is fantastic!

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  53. Refreshing salad and a lovely bowl.

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  54. Lucky You!!!! awesome salad..loved the clicks too

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  55. Very innovative..Lucky you!!

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  56. You deserve being pampered, Rachana! Love the parmesan bowel idea and anything with chickpeas is more than okay for me.

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  57. Home made cheese bowl looks stunning. Very nice presentation. Such a wonderful couple. Hats off both of you!

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  58. A parmesan bowl!?! What a wonderfully delicious idea. Thanks for sharing! Have a great Walnut Wednesday.

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  59. Rachana mon amie, c'est beau et c'est bon.
    Que demander de plus?
    See soon

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  60. Whoa! That is amazing! The bowl is so super gourmet and eating out of it would make me feel like I was eating at a five star restaurant. Not to mention the delicious chickpea salad that it's filled with. Good stuff.

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  61. Looks great! There are times when my hubby cooks for me too and it feels so great!!

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  62. I love Parmesan crisps, and this salad looks divine :))

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  63. Woww.. looks absolutely delicious.. thanks for the recipe !!

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  64. Loved the way you made the bowls. Sinful and delicious appetizer!

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  65. Rachana, divino!
    Você é uma artista!
    Lindo e delicioso!
    Beijo!
    :o)

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  66. Looks so good.lovely combo.

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  67. rachana dear.... u r so lucky.... the salad looks wonderful.... just love it and i bookmarked.....

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  68. I tried to leave you comment earlier, do not know whether you got it.

    I said that your sweetie has a lot of culinary class, just like you!

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  69. Wow!!! I love the presentation!Delicious salad.

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  70. Beautiful salad and even more beautiful bowl!

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  71. lucky u! really innovative yet simple n great. will surely try.

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