by Michele Pesula Kuegler | April 22nd, 2013 | Recipes, Simple Solutions, Tapas Monday

fricoEveryone in our house loves cheese.  My husband and I have always enjoyed a wide assortment of cheeses, and as the kids mature, they also have expanded their palates.  I can see this growth when my 15 year old tells me that she has a strong craving for brie first thing in the morning.

To me, cheese is an essential element in so many different dishes.  If I am going to eat a sandwich, burger, or wrap, cheese needs to be a component.  Eating an item without cheese just isn’t that exciting.  My favorite Tapas Mondays include some iteration of cheese, whether it be the focus, as in fondue, or one of many components, as in eggplant stacks.

Today’s dish requires one ingredient- cheese.  It can be almost any type of cheese that is a harder variety. Softer cheeses, such as mozzarella will not work well.  Cheddar, swiss, manchego, parmesan, and many others work well.  All you need is a nonstick frying pan and a spatula, and you are ready to make fricos.

If you have salad that needs a crunchy accoutrement or want a simple, tasty snack, fricos are the perfect option.

In case you need a recipe for this simple treat, here it is!




  1. 4 oz. cheese, shredded
  1. Preheat nonstick frying pan over medium heat. When pan is fully heated, place 2 tablespoons of cheese in a pile. Place two to three more fricos in pan, as space allows.
  2. Cook for about 30 seconds, or until bubbly and edges are golden brown. Flip and cook for an additional 15 to 30 seconds. (When flipping, the frico may fold up on itself.
  3. Simply flatten with spatula after flipped to second side.)
  4. Makes 8 fricos.
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