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Herbed Asiago Cheese Crisps are melted cheese rounds that make a great accompaniment to Christmas cocktails. To cut cost try using Swiss or cheddar cheese. You’ll still end up with an appetizer that people won't be able to stop eating. Older kids can help grate the cheese; younger kids can arrange the cheese on the baking sheets. Kids of all ages enjoy the transformation from grated cheese to lacy, crisp cheese wafers. They are served as you would potato chips; that is, you just nibble on them straight out of hand.

Herbed Asiago Cheese Crisps

Special equipment: Parchment paper

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Yield: 24 crisps (2 to 3 per person)

8 ounces Asiago cheese, grated

1 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary, basil, or marjoram

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking oil spray.

    If you can’t find Asiago cheese, try Swiss or even cheddar. Just watch carefully during baking, as the timing may be slightly longer or shorter

  2. Toss the grated cheese in a bowl with the herb. Make twenty-four 2-tablespoon-sized mounds and place them about 2 inches apart on each pan. Bake for about 10 minutes. The cheese will melt and will begin to bubble. Don't let the cheese brown or it will be bitter.

  3. Let the crisps cool on pans. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Whether the kids or you are grating the cheese, watch out for your knuckles! Skinning knuckles is one of the most common kitchen accidents, and grating cheese is usually the culprit.

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Dede Wilson, CCP, contributes to Bon Appétit and Pastry and Design magazine and to NBC's Todayshow. She is also the Food and Entertaining expert for

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