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jbrennsk
Fri, Aug-04-06, 18:28
Well I just had to share this and I admit that it sounds a little strange. I am diabetic and a follower of Dr. Bernstein. I kept hearing him refer to Cheese Puffs and finally he explained what they were. This is an excellent replacement for bread to make sndwiches with, but you wouldn't believe it unless you tried it for yourself.

Take a slice of American Cheese (it has to be american, which is a water based product rather than a 'real' cheese which is based on milkfat) and place it on a paper plate that has been lightly sprayed with vegetable oil. Microwave for 45 sec to 90 seconds, depending on the power of your microwave. My microwave takes only 50 seconds, but he says a minute and a half in his (burned in mine at anything over 55 seconds). What happens is that the water in the cheese is forced out and you are left with a puffy piece of cheese that has almost a breadlike texture. I was amazed and am so happy to be able to make a sandwich again with almost no carb (.6 gram carb per slice of cheese).

Bernstein says to microwave it on a piece of freezer paper, but I don't have any and wonder if they still make it. So I had to use the paper plate with cooking spray.

A couple of trials to get the time right and I now have it perfected.

Joe

cmcole
Sun, Aug-06-06, 14:46
If you have parchment paper, that may work, too.
Even a silpat

deb34
Tue, Aug-08-06, 10:39
What is American cheese? i don't think we can get it here in Canada?

penelope
Tue, Aug-08-06, 10:44
Just use thick Kraft slices thats what it is. I like thick but the other one does it too.
You also gets nice results in the oven with grated parmesan or grated swiss cheese. It is messier because of the oil but it gets as crunchy as a cracker. I use parchement paper.

IslandGirl
Tue, Aug-08-06, 21:56
What is American cheese? i don't think we can get it here in Canada?

I've used any good process "slice" with a lot of success for years; Kraft Extra Cheddar (for grilled cheese sandwiches) is the best, though, with a plain Swiss running a close second. My personal approach that works every time is a piece of baking / parchment paper on a paper plate. Can reuse many times before it gets too grungy.

The original "cheese cracker" :idea: process was spelled out by the famous Barbara Pollack (of Expert Foods ThickenThin not/Starch fame) YEARS ago, before this website was even up, on the Lowcarb-List (an email list that still exists! tho there isn't much traffic these days).

Sheesh, now I feel really really old...

:cool:

sldeal
Fri, Sep-22-06, 14:09
I'm going to give this a shot this evening and get back with you, it sounds delicious. I love cheese so I'm sure this is going to be delicious. :yum:

LattéLover
Fri, Sep-22-06, 17:28
THanks for all of the wonderful cheesy ideas!! I love the fact that I've been able to keep losing while eating cheese daily. I will try it too. THanks to the Canucks for the extra Canadian references :)

Another sandwhich idea I'm liking: you can buy lettuc crisps (Loblaws in ON and Qc) that are nice crispy solid curled up big lettuce pieces, made to go in tacos. I use them AS the taco and put cold grilled chicken, hummus, red peppers, tabouli salad (by the way, don't seem to need to worry about counting the small amount of couscous in tabouli even as a carb - hasn't made a difference to my losing and I eat it a lot.....go to lebanese restos and have tons of their roasted chicken, hummus, tabouli and regular salad instead of rice). I know hummus (chickpeas) has carbs, but so far, I've only counted as a protein and it's worked (ie - I'm trying to do 1 portion of starchy carbs per day and don't count this in that), but htat's what South Beach does;you can have hummus during the first strict phase of no starchy carbs at all.

ANyway, just ideas......you can also put more taco type stuff in the lettuc taco like salsa, sour cream or plain yogurt, cheese, etc.

Latté Lover

sldeal
Sun, Sep-24-06, 07:18
I tried this and it was wonderful! I'm not too fond of sweets, but I love chips and crackers especially Nabisko Cheese Nips and Tidbits. So when I tried this and tasted it I then realize I had my replacement for crackers for ever. At first I used the styro plate and sprayed but then realized I would use all of my spray so I bought parchment paper, that worked out better because you do 2-3 slices of cheese at once. Note, if you want it crispy, like crackers, microwave for about 45 min. If you want it chewy where you can spread cream cheese on top of it (yummy) microwave for about 30-35 min. Don't forget if you do 2 or more slices of cheese you have to microwave longer. Also, I found out if you do use the syro plates you have to remove the cheese while still warm or it will be difficult to remove from plate (it cracked up). Believe me this is to die for (lol). Thanks so much for sharing. Did I mention it was more nutritious than crackers...Why come off LC when I can eat like this?

LadyBelle
Sun, Sep-24-06, 08:06
American cheese can also be bought at the deli department. It is sold in bulk by the pound and you order it sliced however you choose. This option has lower carbs and much less "extras" put in then the presliced versions. You can get white american or yellow american.

deb34
Thu, Sep-28-06, 08:35
45 min!!!!!

i hope you mean seconds :)

Chichigirl
Thu, Sep-28-06, 08:47
OH MY GOD this is brilliant! Why ever go back to empty carbs?!?!

rightnow
Thu, Sep-28-06, 09:16
I had no idea you could get "white american" cheese at the deli section. I've never even asked. I loathe American yellow cheese slices but I don't mind the white on sandwiches... I bet thicker slices of white, done like this, would be very... interesting. I'm determined to try this in the next couple of days, along with the microwave flax bread. It's really a pain that I have tons of stuff I can put ON bread, but no bread! I avoid gluten except a rare LC tortilla so if either this or the flaxbread are edible to me, that'd be a real treat!

Mousesmom
Thu, Sep-28-06, 11:07
I tried this and it was wonderful! I'm not too fond of sweets, but I love chips and crackers especially Nabisko Cheese Nips and Tidbits. So when I tried this and tasted it I then realize I had my replacement for crackers for ever. At first I used the styro plate and sprayed but then realized I would use all of my spray so I bought parchment paper, that worked out better because you do 2-3 slices of cheese at once. Note, if you want it crispy, like crackers, microwave for about 45 min. If you want it chewy where you can spread cream cheese on top of it (yummy) microwave for about 30-35 min. Don't forget if you do 2 or more slices of cheese you have to microwave longer. Also, I found out if you do use the syro plates you have to remove the cheese while still warm or it will be difficult to remove from plate (it cracked up). Believe me this is to die for (lol). Thanks so much for sharing. Did I mention it was more nutritious than crackers...Why come off LC when I can eat like this?

I am hoping you mean SECONDS not minutes???????

Julie

sldeal
Sat, Sep-30-06, 14:06
Sillie me, it should be seconds!

Another great idea is to slice the cheese into squares and set them apart (I used parchment paper) before microwaving. When cool put them in a sandwich bag, they're great for snacking when you're at the park or if you're on the road and get the munchies for chips.

I am hoping you mean SECONDS not minutes???????

Julie

msdbobby
Sat, Sep-30-06, 20:26
I love these w/ Kraft deli deluxe american slices, I quarter them, put them on a ceramic plate sprayed w/ olive oil pam. When they're done I smear them with natural peanut butter and top with another piece. :yum: They remind me of packaged cheese crackers w/ peanut butter.

zorra_1
Wed, Oct-11-06, 18:34
packaged cheese crackers w/ peanut butter.
Holy mackerel...I've been making these chips since forever and never once considered this!! Now I will! Thanks!

sldeal
Wed, Oct-11-06, 21:08
The pepper jack cheese turns crispy like potatoe chips!

msdbobby
Thu, Oct-12-06, 09:57
Yum, I think I make a few batches of cheese crackers today. Now I feel like a peanut butter cheese cracker :D
I do like the pepper jack cheese ones, I think that provolone slices also taste alot like potato chips.

rightnow
Sun, Dec-16-07, 13:09
OK - I never got to it before - you guys have convinced me. I'm going to try nuking any kind of sliced cheese I can find in my fridge and see if I can come up with soft bread... chewy bagelish slice... crunch chips... anything. Will report!

HalfPass
Sun, Dec-16-07, 17:15
These are a mainstay for me. They are such an easy snack and with sour cream and salsa are a perfect occassional subsititute for my old favorite of nachos. I am currently hooked on Pepper Jack, but have used most types of cheese. The only one that I have found to not work well is Swiss.

rightnow
Sun, Dec-16-07, 17:54
I used a silicon baking mat, sprayed it with Pam. I nuked one square slice of white American cheese. I had to nuke it for 70 seconds to get it right. It was light brown, puffy. (Done less than that, what I got was part melty cheese, part chewy cheese, and part puffed crispy cheese.) I did another. One had a big 'air hole' (not all the way through but on one side). The look of them was kinda funky. I tasted one. Tasted like a cheese cracker to me. My 11 year old is the one nuts about those though, not me. So I took them to her and asked her if they tasted like a cheese cracker. She took a couple bites, thought about it, then said YUM! and ate them both. I don't know that I could eat a lot of these but I think they'd be great for scooping up a blended chicken-pesto-redpepper-parmesan dip. She could probably eat them all day.

IslandGirl
Sun, Dec-16-07, 22:20
I find if I break them in pieces, usually quarters, and "spread" them evenly around the plate, anyplace but the center, they nuke up much more evenly, not so much with the 'holes' and the chewy bits.


:hiya:

ebp
Sun, May-18-08, 10:08
tried these last night with provolone cheese. I cut the cheese into six pieces each and nuked it for 45sec., took it out and blotted it with a paper towel, flipped the pieces over and nuked it for another 20sec or so. I loved it. :)
Does anyone know if these can be done in the oven. I'd like to make a large batch and stow them in the fridge for when the "I Gotta eat something Nows" strike. Thanks Elaine

LisaAC
Sun, May-18-08, 10:36
Parchment paper is what I use to make the cheese crackers in the microwave. I merely break the cheese into 4 smaller squares. My son goes crazy over them. I never thought thought about using a bigger version for bread. Thanks for the idea. I will have to try it. I bet my son will love that one too, he's a cheese fanatic...majorly.

At first when I tried it I didn't have any parchment paper, so I used a glass plate. The glass holds heat more so it may be a little more gooey than on the paper, or a little more crisp.

shadowzip
Sun, May-18-08, 11:42
These are a mainstay for me. They are such an easy snack and with sour cream and salsa are a perfect occassional subsititute for my old favorite of nachos. I am currently hooked on Pepper Jack, but have used most types of cheese. The only one that I have found to not work well is Swiss.
That is funny cause my favorite cheese to use for crisps is Swiss

And by the way I bought a round silicone mat that fits my turntable in the microwave, and I use this for cheese crisps, no spraying required.



I am trying to figure out how this is a sub for bread for a sandwich. Isn't it too crispy.


I love cheese crisps as a cracker sub or chip sub though. Great ideas here.

Jumping in here :wave: I haven't posted here in a while.

LisaAC
Sun, May-18-08, 16:05
I am trying to figure out how this is a sub for bread for a sandwich. Isn't it too crispy.


Not if you lessen the cooking time a little. If you decrease the cooking time, it will be softer, but more cheese like. I made the mistake of cooking more than one piece at a time, and it ended up more softer due to it not getting as much of the heat as it does when you cook only one I suppose.

GeeWee
Sun, Jun-01-08, 11:26
I always found that the more oily the cheese, the better the "cracker" turned out. I always buy the cheapest of cheap store brand sandwich slices. When I'm ready to nuke them, I just open the plastic on the front side, fold it under and stick it right in to the microwave for 45 seconds. When it's done the cellophane pulls off easypeasy and I have my cracker!

These will also keep pretty well for at least a day or so. I've been known to make 4 slices and take them to work with me in a ziploc bag so I can eat tuna fish on them at lunch time.

Num.

penelope
Sun, Jun-01-08, 15:40
I don't think that nuking plastic that is not made for the microwave is a safe idea. There is a lot of oopla going on, with tranference of chemicals to food.

GeeWee
Mon, Jun-02-08, 05:55
Ah, perhaps. Hasn't killed me yet, though.

Being able to nuke the stuff right on its plastic wrapper makes it a much more portable snack. Just a couple of slices of cheese in the lunch bag that easily be turned in to something more substantial...

And I hate wasting the wax paper...

IslandGirl
Mon, Jun-02-08, 17:34
If you ate the plastic and choked on it, well then, that would kill ya quick.

Hormonal disruptors don't kill ya quick, they just mess up your metabolic and endocrine systems, including that system reponsible for weight loss amongst other things.

Something to think about: an easy thing to change, a simple nasty potential avoided or reduced.

:wave:

phnx71
Tue, Jun-03-08, 04:19
this is a brilliant idea... will have to try and report back

want2Bskny
Tue, Jun-03-08, 04:57
Has anybody tried this with Mozzarella string cheese? I'm definitely going to give this concept a try - it sounds amazing. But all I've got in the fridge for cheese are the pre-packaged string cheeses and shredded cheese.

liddie01
Tue, Jun-03-08, 05:09
I nuke 2 slices on parchment paper, then put another slice in between while they are still hot for a grilled cheese like treat.

lizzyLC
Sun, Aug-24-08, 07:40
Provolone chips/crackers are my new favorite thing!

60sChild
Sun, Sep-21-08, 22:25
OMG! Just tried these for the 1st time...crunchy, cracker-like...

LOVE 'em!

Jenai
Mon, Nov-17-08, 19:56
This was really decent. I wish I'd had some chicken salad but all I had was cream cheese and a jalapeno slice. Loved it.... Mine took 45 seconds.

PineSlayer
Sun, Feb-15-09, 13:34
I cut Queso Blanco into large chunks and put in the fridge covered with water overnight to remove the excess salt. Then I cut them into 1" cubes and nuke on parchment paper...absolutely delicious, and very bland, so can go with either sweet or savory dips.

Dee