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Photo Butterfly Garnish from Parmesan

How to Make Parmesan Cheese Basket and Butterfly Garnish

Parmesan garnish is beautiful and edible festive food decoration for parties! Just look at the photos! We can shape it in baskets, doilies, butterflies, flowers, hearts. On the photo, I garnish cheese ball on the crackers tray. Technique same like for basket. I found a very useful and inexpensive  tool to make a flower

It can be prepared in one day before our event. We can garnish cheese and crackers tray, finger food, salads… Fantasy is only our limit! In my opinion, the best salad for parmesan cheese baskets is Ceasar salad. I made on the photo bellow edible parmesan cheese lacy doily decorated with parsley leaves and cheddar cheese. Maybe not most beautiful doily, but very tasty!

I practiced with cheeses Uniekaas Parrano, Gruyere, Asiago, Sartory and Fontina (my favorite cheese to use in a potato gratin). All these cheeses work great to make baskets and other shapes! These cheeses are very expensive as well parmesan but we need a small amount of cheese to make a delicious garnish for a crackers platter or a cheese platter.

Leaf from Parmesan Crackers Garnish Photo

I tried to use also prepacked grated cheese and it gives different effect in design. It almost powdered, so we have more flexibility in designs.

We can bake different green herbs in parmesan cheese and it will be a very beautiful effect. Herbs what I tried to use for my garnish keep green color very well. I used parsley (photo below), salary leaves, green onion. Fresh rosemary is too strong and overpowers parmesan or other cheeses to my taste. However, dry rosemary is compliment garnish buckets from cheese Asiago. Simply because when I bought Sartori Rosemary Asiago cheese it was garnished with dry rosemary.

Herbs Parmesan Cheese Garnish

I used cheddar cheese stripes on the photo of parmesan basket bellow.

Garnish from Cheese Parmesan


*I am using in my cooking only freshly grated parmesan cheese. Freshly grated cheese is much better flavor than pre-shredded to my family taste.


I provide as much as possible details about the technique. However, I suggest first to practice for a family table before to make a parmesan garnish for your guests, so you get to feel how cheese is behaving. To avoid stress and disappointment. When you will be familiar with the technique, you enjoy making garnish with parmesan.

If you have beautiful ideas and photos how to shape baked parmesan crisps or chips, please, share with me.  

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1. Parmesan Basket Garnish


  1. To keep the same size our design we can by marking the bottom of a baking paper with pencil or we can use cookies cutter to shape cheese.
Basket Parmesan Cheese Garnish
Basket Parmesan Cheese Garnish

2. Place our baking paper with shredded parmesan cheese on cookies pan and bake for a few min (400ºF) to slightly change color on the edges.

Time varies on a type of oven.

*Very convenient to make individual garnish from parmesan in a toaster oven. You can use a skillet and make it on a stove top as well.

Basket Parmesan Cheese Garnish

3. Let our future parmesan basket cool off just a few seconds. Place on a mold. If I use to decor cheddar cheese, I turn upside down one time more. The top is more beautiful and I like a pretty side on the outside of the basket.

*Very convenient to use foil, when we have just one mold. We can shape cheese and leave to cool off separate from the mold, so mold can be used for next cheese basket.

Parmesan Cheese Garnish

4. Our basket is ready to serve in few minutes.

Garnish from Parmesan

2. Parmesan Butterfly Garnish 

Photo Butterfly Garnish from Parmesan


1. Place cheese and shape in a butterfly with your fingers (large butterflies can be used cookies cutter). Decor as desire.

2. We can make round shape wings like the example or place on an angle on the photos.

Our butterfly from parmesan is ready to garnish party cheese tray!

3. How to make a stovetop parmesan basket garnish:

We also can make parmesan baskets individually on a top stove in a skillet. Use any skillet, I used cast iron skillet on the photos. We need baking paper.

  1. Place cheese on baking paper and cook to slight change in color condition.

2. Place another piece of paper on top and turn around. Cook for a few seconds more. If you would like only one side golden skip this step.

Time varies on your stove and type of cheese. I cooked on medium high temperature.

3. Shape it on a glass or use perfect for this purpose Wilton lily nail set.

Read more ⇒ How to use Wilton lily nail set to make parmesan flower.

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