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Parmesan Crisps

Parmesan Fricos: Cheese Crisps, All Grown Up

Fricos, essentially crispy discs made of nutty grated cheese, are native to Italy's Friuli region. Traditionally, Montasio cheese is the main ingredient, but Parmigiano-Reggiano is a solid substitute (and much easier to find stateside). These sophisticated cheese crisps are an excellent garnish for salads and soups — they'd be particularly at home atop this spicy tomato option — but they truly shine when paired with a glass of Prosecco, as a light, luxurious appetizer.

Photo: Nicole Perry
Parmesan Fricos

Parmesan Fricos

Parmesan Fricos


1 8-ounce piece Parmigiano-Reggiano
2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 teaspoon herbes de Provence, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a half sheet pan with a silpat.
  2. Using the largest holes on a box grater, coarsely shred the cheese. Stir together the cheese, flour, pepper, and herbes de Provence in a large mixing bowl. Arrange tablespoons of cheese four inches apart on the silpat, stirring the cheese mixture in the bowl between tablespoons to keep the flour evenly distributed. Flatten each mound slightly with your fingertips to form a three-inch round.
  3. Bake the fricos until golden, about 10-12 minutes. Cool two minutes on the half sheet pan, then carefully transfer each crisp (they are very delicate) with a thin spatula to a rack to cool completely.
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girlfriend3 girlfriend3 5 years
Looks so yummy! I can't wait to try them!
Angelica Angelica 6 years
Update: partysugar let me try these and they are beyond delicious! I can't wait to try and make them myself!
Ashenturtle Ashenturtle 6 years
I had these on a salad, amazing! I didn't know they were so easy!!
RobyTose RobyTose 6 years
OOh, my aunt makes these! She makes them smaller and then when they're still warm and kind of soft from the oven she puts them over the lip of a soda bottle so they form into little cups and you can fill them with a good dip. Yum!
ms660bk ms660bk 6 years
another cheese we on yumsugar should feature is haloumi. it's a cheese that you can grill or brown on a saute pan without it melting! super delicious with salad.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I've always wanted to try making these, actually. Maybe I'll try that soon. They look delicious, but I'm always afraid they'll stick or something.
PartySister PartySister 6 years
These were delish! yummmmmm. im getting hungry again just thinking about them :)
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 6 years
so crispy and delicious!!!!
Peggasus Peggasus 6 years
I also make them in a non-stick skillet; just heat them on low until they get that lovely brown color!
dclsweetspot dclsweetspot 6 years
I use to make these as a snack when I followed Atkins. Fit in the plan and was a change from the standard proteins.
Smacks83 Smacks83 6 years
I've had these topped on creamy soups instead of croutons or crackers. Heavenly!
Angelica Angelica 6 years
Wow. I'll bet I could eat these all day.
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