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frico

cheese wafer, or rösti

It comes in two forms: frico croccante or friabile is shredded cheese (usually Montasio) mixed with a bit of flour and fried or baked into a thin wafer. Often it's used as a garnish, or it can be shaped into baskets to hold other foods.

The other, more substantial form uses cheese and potato, usually in equal amounts, and sometimes onion or leek, plus speck or other meat, and is called frico morbido (a good recipe here).

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