|Alternative names||Cheese crisp|
|Place of origin||Italy|
|Region or state||Friuli|
|Main ingredients||Cheese, flour|
A frico (in friulian language fricò) known in America as a cheese crisp, is an Italian food, typical of Friuli, which consists of a wafer of shredded cheese and a bit of flour, then heated by baking or frying until crisp. The mixture becomes malleable during cooking. The cheeses used include Montasio, Parmesan or mozzarella. Frico is often used as garnish for soups or stews.
Another way to prepare frico consists in cooking diced potatoes in a large flat pan with little oil and onions, adding water now and then. When the potatoes are tender, Montasio or another 3 months old cheese is diced and added. The cheese will melt within the potatoes and the frico must be cooked and turned to obtain a crispy, golden surface on both sides. Slice and serve it with polenta and red wine.
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