Place a non-stick or stainless steel skillet or melting pan over medium-low heat. Make sure the pan is completely dry, as any moisture can interfere with the crisping process.
Step 2: Portion the Cheese
Take a tablespoon of the finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and place it in small mounds on the heated pan, leaving enough space between each mound to allow for spreading. You can shape them into rounds or ovals using the back of the spoon.
Step 3: Add Flavor (Optional)
If desired, you can sprinkle a pinch of freshly cracked black pepper, dried herbs, or spices of your choice over each cheese mound for added flavor.
Step 4: Melt and Crisp
Allow the cheese to melt and spread out in the pan. As it melts, it will become thin and lacy. Keep an eye on it to ensure it doesn't overcook. The crisps are done when they turn a golden-brown color and have a lacy appearance.
Step 5: Cool and Harden
Remove the Parmigiano-Reggiano crisps from the pan and place them on a paper towel to absorb any excess oil. Let them cool and harden for a few minutes.
Step 6: Serve
Once the Parmigiano-Reggiano crisps have completely cooled and hardened, serve them as a snack, alongside salads, soups, or as an elegant garnish for various dishes.
Making Parmigiano-Reggiano crisps in a melting pan on the stovetop offers a quick and easy way to enjoy this delicious treat. The crisps will have the same wonderful balance of flavors and textures, making them a versatile and delightful addition to your culinary creations.