Fried pasta crisps

Yield: 10 servings

Measure Ingredient
½ pounds Any small filled pasta
\N \N Oil for frying
⅓ cup Parmesan
1 teaspoon Dried basil
⅛ teaspoon Cayenne
\N \N Garlic salt

If pasta doesn't feel moist and supple, cover with boiling water and let stand until softened, 5 minutes. Drain. Spread soaked pasta on a 10x15" baking pan lined with paper towels. Blot pasta gently and let dry 5 minutes. If pasta feels moist, omit saoking and drying step. Meanwhile, place ⅓ of the pasta in a skillet with heated oil. Cook, turning occasionally, until golden and crisp, 2-3 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon and drain. Serve or keep warm in a 200F oven up to 30 minutes while frying remaining pasta. In a bag, mix cheese, basil, cayenne, and garlic salt to taste. Add warm pasta and shake to coat. Pour into bowl. Offer pasta with cocktail sauce for dipping. Makes 60-80 appetizers, 10-12 servings.

Per serving: trace Calories (kcal); trace Total Fat; (14% calories from fat); trace Protein; trace Carbohydrate; 0mg Cholesterol; trace Sodium Food Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 0 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates

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