Frico A web-exclusive recipe from Italian Cooking and Living
To make this crisp cheese pancake, you will need Montasio
(a nutty cows' milk cheese), preferably aged between 16 and 18 months. Asiago
makes a fine substitute.
1 pound Montasio, grated
Heat a non-stick skillet over a flame tamer. When it is hot,
sprinkle in one quarter of the grated Montasio; let it melt slowly. Helping
yourself with a fork, press down on the frico; turn it to cook the other side,
letting the fat drip away. Turn it 3 or 4 more times. The frico should cook
for a total of 10 minutes. Be careful not to let the frico take on a reddish
While the frico is still warm, drape it over an upside-down
cup to give it its characteristic rounded shape. Cool; it should become crispy.
Continue with the remaining cheese, making a total of 4 fricos. Serves 4
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