Spoon 1 1/2 tablespoons of cheese for each crisp onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten each with the back of your spoon to make each circle about 2-3 inches wide. Leave about two inches between each spoonful.Season each round with a pinch of garlic powder.Bake for about 5 minutes until the edges are browned.
Meanwhile, gently toss chopped tomatoes, minced garlic, basil, and extra-virgin olive oil in a serving bowl.
Serve your bowl of tomato mixture with a spoon alongside your parmesan crisps allowing your guests to top their own crisps.
You can add salt and pepper to the tomato mixture if you like. Parmesan cheese is a bit salty though so taste the mixture on a cheese crisp first and then go ahead and add salt and pepper to taste.
Since each pan fits about 6 crackers, you may want to make two pans at time.
Whenever I make this, my family clamors to eat it right away, but actually the tomato mixture would be even better if covered and left to marinate for thirty minutes to an hour.
Some folks like to drizzle some balsamic vinegar on top. Yum.
Replacing grilled Italian bread bruschetta with these parmesan crisps is perfect. I don't miss the bread at all for the classic tomato topping.
These crisps would also be great plain or topped with taco meat or guacamole, chunky Mediterranean salsa, easy roasted tomato salsa, game day chili dip, or any time you want a cracker for dipping.Be sure to let me know in the comments how you end up pairing yours! I'm always looking for more tasty ideas.
I love the taste of garlic powder seasoned crisps with this tomato mixture. You could also make the crisps plain or use alternative seasonings like rosemary or oregano or paprika. It's up to you.
Any leftover tomato topping will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days.
The parmesan crisps will keep for a few days in an airtight container in the fridge, but they may lose their crispiness.
I haven't tried freezing them, but you may want to separate them with parchment paper before placing them in an airtight container in the freezer.