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This is a typical dish from Friuli, cheese cooked with potatoes. Friuli was a poor area; this was one of many peasant dishes. It was made with the remains of the cheese-making process, called strissulis (strips). The strisule are strips of curd resulting from slices that overflow from the mold once the curd has set up.

Serves 4


1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 onion, grated

1 medium all-purpose potato, peeled and grated

1 1/2 cups shredded Montasio cheese

Salt to taste


Heat the olive oil in a non-stick pan and add the onion and potato and cook until they begin to brown. 

Spread the cheese evenly over the top and continue cooking until the frico sets up. 

Turn it out onto a dish and slide it back into the pan to cook the other side until golden brown.

This recipe is featured on show 2225 – Cheeses / Formaggi.


  1. virginia's avatar


    why do advertisements appear in the middle of the recipes?It's very annoying,and i'm disappointed with this on maryann's website.why is this happening?
  2. Pat's avatar


    I cannot get the frico to release from the pan to flip-over.
  3. Maria's avatar


    Can Frico be made the day before you plan to serve it?
  4. Nancy's avatar


    what is Montasio cheese & what can you substitute
  5. Around the World Cheese's avatar

    Around the World Cheese

    Hi Nancy. Montasio is a partially skimmed raw cow’s milk cheese and is produced in the high Alpine region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia area of Italy. Montasio’s flavor is, for the most part mild, and can be overshadowed by other more flavorful cheeses. You can also substitute Asiago. For a more in depth review of Montasio. you can go to my blog site

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