Last updated on April 8th, 2019
My girl Carla and I have fallen into a standing weekly boba & pupusas lunch date. We didn’t set out to turn it into a habit, but last month, the waiter at the pupuseria came up to our table and grinned, “the regular?” That’s when we realized what we’d become. In all fairness, we also bring along (in my very biased opinion) the cutest baby ever who doles out smiles like she’s made of them, so we’re probably not that hard to forget. Also, you should see this cheese baby take down a pupusa.
If you’ve never had a pupusa before, it’s basically a thick handmade corn tortilla dough filled with cheese, beans, meat, or veggies, and cooked on a griddle. The more cheese that has seeped out of the pupusa to get extra crispy on the edges, the better. We can all agree that there’s not much better than burnt crispy cheese, right?
Occasionally (like once in a blue moon), we veer from our weekly routine in favor of a new adventure, but somehow it still leads us back to burnt cheese. On our latest detour, we discovered The Pasta Shop’s seeds + cheese crisps and immediately knew we needed to make a riff on them. Imagine thin lacy parmesan crisps, but then taken to a whole new level of insanity. I’m a candy fiend and I could certainly win an ice cream eating contest, but there’s not much more addicting that these crispy bits of burnt cheese tangled up with toasted seeds.
Carla and I made two different versions here to serve up as the most tempting snack on your New Year’s Eve table – my seed and cheese crisps layer up asiago and gruyère with toasted quinoa, pepitas, flax seeds, and black sesame seeds. It’s nutty, it’s crunchy, it’s crispy, it’s BURNT CHEESE YOU GUYS. It’s the best part of a pupusa in one cheesy cracker.
Carla’s za’atar crisps recipe isn’t up yet (previewed on the left in the first and last photos in this post), but I’ll let you know where to find it when it is!
Also, since these asiago seed and cheese crisps are filled with superfood seeds and since you bake the oil off, it’s basically health food, OBVS. If you’re not convinced of my health food argument, I recommend breaking the crisps into smaller pieces to enjoy in moderation while turning any salad into an addicting crunchy affair. Boom – health food.
Just when you thought cheese couldn’t get any better.
Happy New Year!
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