Get Ready to Use Parm Frico in All Your Dishes

You’ve likely encountered Parmesan frico before, even if you haven’t known exactly what it was. These crunchy wafers of baked, grated cheese appear everywhere from bread baskets to cheese plates, and we’re all about them. Cheesy, salty, and totally crispy, parm frico is one of our favorite “fancy” treats to make—and the best news is that these elevated cheese crisps are super easy to make at home. Plus, we have a few out-of-the-box ideas about how to use your homemade parm frico, once it’s out of the oven.

First, let’s dive into how to make this tasty snack. While some recipes call for using a bit of flour in the mix, we like ours to be pure, unadulterated cheese:

2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place tablespoon-size mounds of Parmesan on the baking sheet, leaving at least 2 inches in between each mound. Gently flatten each mound of cheese with the bottom of a glass and sprinkle with black pepper.

Bake for 5-6 minutes, or until the cheese has spread out to a 1-inch round and is golden brown around the edges. Remove the baking sheet from the oven.
Wearing oven mitts, lift parchment paper off of the baking sheet and place on a wire rack until the frico cools completely, around 5-10 minutes.
Now that you know how to make parm frico, we’ve got tons of great ideas for how you can use your next batch. Trust us, you’re going to want to add this crispy treat to everything you make—and we’re here to help.

In place of croutons

We know you’re thinking it, and we wholeheartedly agree—the best part of the salad is the croutons. But why use regular old croutons when you could have cheesy bites of parm crisp on your salad, instead! Break your rounds of parm frico into smaller, bite-sized pieces, and scatter over your salad in place of croutons—you won’t regret it.

Pro tip: if you’re into adding cheesy croutons to your tomato soup, this swap works splendidly there, too!

Folded into scrambled eggs

Eggs + cheese—name a better pair. Make this ultimate pairing even better with an added crunch. Break your parm frico rounds into smaller pieces, and just before your scrambled eggs are finished cooking, fold in the frico pieces, and remove from heat. The frico will add delicious pockets of cheesiness and crunch to the eggs—plus, it pairs well with other scramble add-ins like avocado, caramelized onions, and crumbled chorizo.

To cradle your pasta

Putting grated parm on your pasta is old news. But what if you ate your pasta out of a bowl made out of grated parm? Now that’s revolutionary. Making a cheesy bowl for your pasta requires a different parm frico preparation—but we promise it’ll be worth the extra effort.

Parm Frico Bowls

1 1/2 cups shredded parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Divide the cheese in half, and flatten each into a 6-inch circle on the baking sheet.

Bake for 6-7 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling and golden. Remove from oven and quickly use a spatula to lift each parmesan frico off the tray. Flip over two small bowls and place each frico over the bowls. Gently press around the sides to form bowl-like shapes. Allow to cool before filling with your favorite pasta (bonus points if it’s cheesy pasta).

In place of crackers

Use rounds of parm crisp in place of crackers as a dip for hummus, guacamole, spinach artichoke, or any other delicious snack dip. Beware, these crisps are delicate, so you’ll want to pair them with a lighter dip (chunky pico de gallo is better left for your heftier tortilla and pita chips)

As a base for Caprese

While you’re in the mindset of using parm crisp rounds as crackers—why not go all the way and use them as a base for your next Caprese salad. The crispy parm layer will add a delightful crunch and a burst of sharp, peppery flavor to the already mouth-watering stack of mozzarella, tomato, and basil.

Rolled into a taquito

Rather than letting the fresh parm crisps cool flat, immediately roll the hot, pliable frico around a rolling pin or soda bottle so that it cools in a curved tube. Stuff with scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, pico de gallo—the possibilities are endless!

Just as they are!

While there are many delicious ways to pair parm frico with your favorite meals and recipes, you can also eat these delicious cheesy crisps just as they are. Treat yourself to a stack of frico rounds as an office snack that will make all of your cubicle neighbors jealous.

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