Firstly I would like to share a failure. I think failures are just as important as success because we can learn from them. And it is a good reminder that life is not always rainbows and butterflies. Sometimes social media leads us to believe that everyone else’s lives are terribly interesting and somehow better. But I want to let you know that I stumble and fall in the kitchen too.
I didn’t make the following recipe perfectly and that’s OK. I even added what I would do differently when I remake this recipe. Why am I sharing a recipe I burned the onions on and need a different pan for? Because it is SO FREAKING GOOD. And because that is real life. I know presentation is a huge reason we choose to eat certain foods. I too want to eat beautiful foods and when I remake this recipe (which I will) I will heed my own suggestions. But when I serve dinner I do not plate the food beautifully. I serve the meal because the food is delicious. And friends Frico is DELICIOUS!
This past season on Masterchef Luca made a dish that had me salivating, Frico con le Patate. This is a dish that included Grana Padano Cheese, potatoes, and onions. Need I say more?! I have never had a frico it is traditional in a region of Italy that my ancestors are not from. But that didn’t mean I forgot about it when the show ended. Grana Padano is a hard Italian cheese that is similar to Parmesan. I found this cheese at Costco but I have also seen Amazon carry it 🙂
Things I would do differently next time are in italics
250 G Potatoes* (recently making this I grated the potatoes in my food processor, boiled, drained, then cooked them in the frico, this worked better!)
1/2 cup onion chopped
1 TBS Olive Oil
250 G Grana Padano cheese, grated
Salt and Pepper
Boil potatoes in salted water until they are tender but not mushy.
Drain the potatoes and allow to cool. Once cool peel and cut into 1/4 inch discs. I would grate the potatoes or cut into matchstick size next time to allow the frico to be more cohesive.
In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat.
Add the onions and brown. Sprinkle with Salt and Pepper
Add the potatoes and brown, stirring often to not burn the onions.
Add the cheese and stir. If you can flip the frico flip it like a pancake, my pan is too sticky for this.
Once the cheese is melted and well combined remove from heat and serve.
This is so freaking good. I could easily eat this entire dish by myself. I also love how simple the ingredients are.