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Frico

For the automobile heater, see Frico (heater).
Frico
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Alternative names Cheese crisp
Type Garnish
Place of origin Italy
Region or state Friuli
Main ingredients Cheese, flour
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Frico (in friulian language fricò) is an Italian food, typical of Friuli and similar to another Alpine dish, Rösti, which consists of a wafer of shredded cheese and potatoes, then heated by baking or frying until crisp. The mixture becomes malleable during cooking. To prepare frico you need higher-fat hard cheeses like Montasio or Asiago. Originally when Italy was a more impoverished country, frico was used to recycle the crust cheeses.[1] Frico is often used as garnish for soups or stews.

Fricos are not difficult to make [2] and during the cooking process become malleable so it is possible to make baskets or bowls in which suitable foods can be served.[3]

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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