One of the antipasto creations from Italy is known as Friuli-Venezia Giulia or Frico. In its simplest form, frico is any hard, aged cheese that is melted together to create a wafer of sorts. They are gluten-free, nutritious, and a snap to create, and make a great addition to any meal. In addition, you can form them into little cups for filling with tapenade, hummus, or whatever you dream up. Enjoy with your soup or salad and impress your guests (or your family)!
- 1 pound parmesan or other aged low-moisture cheese, grated coarsely
- Fresh or dry herbs of your choice: oregano, rosemary, or thyme (optional)
- Fresh ground black pepper (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Line a cooking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet.
- Place cheese in piles about 2 inches in diameter, allowing about 1 inch space between them.
- If you like, sprinkle a small amount of herbs and/or pepper on top.
- Place in heated oven and watch carefully. Remove from oven once they start to turn a gold color, about 3 to 5 minutes, depending how much moisture is in the cheese.
- The cracker will be flexible while it is still hot, and if you drape it over a glass or bottle to cool and firm up you will obtain a cup or basket: velato!
Makes about 20 to 30 crackers
Total time: 10 to 15 minutes
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