Fricos

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or as we call them in America, Cheese Crisps

images Catherine Frederick

A Frico, known in America as a cheese crisp, hails from Italy and can be made from a variety of hard cheeses. They are commonly used as a garnish for soups or stews but pair wonderfully with a delicious glass of red wine.

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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups grated hard cheese (cheddar, parmesan, Asiago)
  • Parchment paper or (we prefer a nonstick bakeware Silpat liner)
  • Sprinkle of garlic salt, Italian herbs or spices (optional)

NOTE – Cheddar cheese crisps will be crispy on the edges and slightly chewy in the center, while parmesan or Asiago crisps will be crispy throughout.

Instructions

  1. Adjust oven rack to lowest level and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spoon a tablespoon of cheese onto a silicone or parchment-lined baking sheet.
  2. Spread the cheese into a circle and lightly pat down so the cheese is level. Repeat with remaining cheese, spacing the circles about an inch apart.
  3. Bake until the crisps begin to bubble and turn a light golden brown – four to six minutes. Remove, cool, enjoy.

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