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Recipe: Italian Parmesan Cheese Crackers

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. In addition, you can form them into little cups for filling with tapenade, hummus, or whatever you dream up. Enjoy with soup or salad and impress your guests!


  • 1 lb. parmesan or other aged low-moisture cheese, grated coarsely
  • Fresh or dry herbs: oregano, rosemary, or thyme (optional)
  • Fresh ground black pepper (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Line a cooking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet.
  3. Place cheese in piles about 2 inches in diameter, allowing about 1 inch space between them.
  4. If desired, sprinkle a small amount of herbs and black pepper on top.
  5. Place in heated oven and watch carefully. Remove from oven once crackers start to turn a gold color, about 3-5 minutes.
  6. The crackers will be flexible while still hot. To make a cup or basket shape, drape over a glass or bottle to cool and firm up.