Parmesan Cones with White Bean Mousse

For the last few weeks I’ve been on the hunt for appetizers unlike the usual ones I normally make, scouring through different cookbooks trying to find something different and elegant looking. Well I found what I was looking for, not only do these look good they taste even better!
Savory cones made of coarsely grated fresh Parmesan cheese that is specked with black pepper and filled with a mousse made of white bean, basil pesto, fresh lemon juice and olive oil.

I was going to make these for my son and DIL’s upcoming baby shower but opted not to, because they’re a little too time consuming for a large crowd, but for a smaller and more intimate dinner party these would be fantastic! Just remember to fill them right before eating so the cone stays nice and crispy.

Heres what you do:

Make a paper cone out of a 3 1/2″ circle, sturdy paper, tape it and set aside.
Heat oven to 375F and on parchment paper trace 3 1/2″ circles 3″ apart. Have 2 baking sheets ready to go.
Grate about 3/4 cup of cheese on a metal grater, please do not use powdery fake cheese, it won’t work!
Combine cheese and pepper together and spread a heaping tablespoon of cheese onto each circle, bake for about 5 minutes till melted and golden.
Remove from oven and after 1 minute gently remove with a thin metal spatula and shape it over your paper cone. Let them cool before removing. Repeat process. This recipe makes 10 cones.

White Bean Mousse

1 can of rinsed and drained white beans.
Basil pesto, (a couple of teaspoons). Taste it for flavor but be careful not to use too much you might turn the white bean color green.
A good squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

Put this all in a food processor and process until smooth and creamy by drizzling in some good olive oil.
Spoon mousse into a ziplock bag and snip off a corner and pipe right into the cone, garnish with basil and serve immediately. Cones can be made ahead. Place in a tin with wax paper until ready to fill.

Happy Entertaining!

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Comments

  1. these are absolutely stunning. SUPERB!! love the idea infact I wish I could make it right now. only hitch I don’t have parmesean…will my favourite cheese cheddar do the same job?

  2. I am speechless!! This is so different and decadent!!! I cannot wait for my next function…..in fact I am going to create a function to show off these treats!!Wow!!

  3. What an excellent idea, very festive and fun combination. I’ll have ro give this a whirl.

  4. Marie – You’ve done it again and come up with a stunner of a recipe. These are gorgeous and delicious too. I made parmesan disks (called frico in Italian) and turned them into small bowls for individual risotto but it was time consuming and many of them broke. Your presentation is just beautiful. Can I come to a dinner party at your house?

  5. What a nice appetizer and certainly out of the norm!!!

  6. Wow! Awesome, creative idea!

  7. Once again, you have a winner. Can’t wait until I can try this.

  8. Oh, Marie, look at you!! These look absolutely amazing!

  9. These Parmesan cones filled w/this wonderful mousse looks and so sure this tastes out of this world delish and great presentation! Kudos!

  10. You are getting fancy on me.
    These are beautiful!

  11. Pretty! Summery. Lovely. A definite “must-do.”

  12. this is my kind of thing, stylish, funny, original and delicious…thanks for the recupe, i will try it in my next dinner party!

    pity

  13. Beautiful, Marie, a lovely appetizer. I’m thinking of all sorts of ways to use the white bean mousse.

    Guests will surely be impressed with this one.

  14. I like these alot, and I bet that white bean mousse would be a great dip!

    On a side note, I’m going to Chicago this weekend on business, and I’d love any recommendation you might have on a place to eat! I’ve got some ideas already, but I’m especially interested in a place to get a good Chicago hot dog.

  15. Wow, this is a tipical wow appetizer!!

  16. What a show stopper! Bee-ooo-tiful photos, too. Did you pipe the filling or just spoon it?
    I can see that these could be labor intensive, but they really are spectacular.

  17. Marie this looks like such a great appetizer. We attend many events where we need an appetizer to share and this would be a great one to bring. Thanks for the wonderful recipe. Have a fun filled day.

    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

  18. These are astonishing! Delicious AND gorgeous. I’m always happy when you’ve posted something new.

  19. What a cool idea. I can’t wait to try it.

  20. What a gorgeous and tasty presentation. I tried making the crisps once but I was too successful. I definitely want to try it again after seeing this and I love your filling!

  21. Bellissima! I think these are the prettiest appetizers I have ever seen. I love all the flavors too!

  22. this looks so good, I can’t wait to try it!

  23. They are spectacular, Marie! So elegant in presentation, and I’m sure they taste divine. They would be such a special appetizer to serve at a dinner party.

    I’m sure there are many different soft fillings that could used instead of the bean mousse too — this is a wonderfully versatile idea! Thanks!

  24. superb! I can’t decide if I wanted to eat it what a fork or just pick pieces off with my hand and dip in the mousse… :D

  25. Oh! This Parmesan cones are just so creative…thank you for the nice pictures and the recipe…will definitely try it…I want to see my guests reaction to this :-)

  26. What an awesome appetizer! I’ll have to try it. Sounds yummy!

  27. These are stunning! I adore the ingredients, so I know I’d love them. What a great idea. The cones look wonderful and I bet you could do a cup as easily.

  28. Very creative! They look and sound mighty tasty Marie!
    LL

  29. What a beautiful presentation, Marie. And I’m sure they taste as good as they look. Save me one, please!

  30. That looks really good! I like the sound of a white bean mousse!

  31. This looks so very good – like everything else you make! I feel like planning a party just to serve these!

  32. I just found your blog. What great recipes. I also do a garden but in Florida we plant in winter. I look forward to trying some of your recipes.

  33. Beautiful and I want to make these. I love the bean spread, too. Yum!

  34. These look so elegant, perfect for a nice dinner party. I can see why they wouldn’t work out for a larger group, but they still sound so tasty!

  35. Drop dead gorgeous…love love love it Marie. xo

  36. They look gorgeous and I’m sure they are fabulously delicious. I’m going to have to give those a try!

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