Not-So-Traditional Italian Frico with Potatoes and Sartori MontAmore
The Lady has started reading Culinaria Italy to me and early on she came across a recipe that we both thought would be a perfect dish for Sartori’s MontAmore.
MontAmore is a classic Italian-style cheese; creamy, fruity with those little protein crystals that I so love. It crumbles a bit and melts beautifully… choosing MontAmore to top this dish was an excellent choice.
MontAmore will be a part of our Sartori Cheese Plate later today and I will review it in more depth then… but there will be plenty of Paws all over this cheese.
Traditionally, a Frico is simply fried cheese to make a crispy wafer. Some Italians add potatoes to make it more of an entree and serve it with a salad.
As can be expected, The Lady decided to “adapt” it to fit our tastes and foods she had on hand. She decided to make it a full meal with all her ingredients part of the frico.
Here’s what she did:
5 Mild Italian Link Sausages, grilled and sliced
Salt and Pepper to taste
Potatoes, new ones that she and The Man picked from our garden, sliced thin
Herbs: chives, sage and two parsleys, fresh from our deck and chopped
1 Onion, sliced thin
1 Red Bell Pepper, roughly chopped
1 Clove garlic, sliced thin
1 Cup Chicken Stock; The Lady makes her own
10-12 ounces of MontAmore, diced or shredded; divided in half
She drizzled a little EVOO in a iron skillet (any oven proof pan is fine)
Pan grill the chicken Italian sausages until cooked through but not over-cooked. Set aside. When cool; slice.
While the sausage is grilling, slice your veggies of choice, potatoes and fresh herbs.
When you have removed the sausage from the pan, add more EVOO, just enough to saute potatoes and veggies.
Add potatoes first and toss to cover with EVOO. Add salt and fresh ground pepper to suit your tastes.
Cook for a couple minutes.
Add veggies and garlic to potatoes and toss to incorporate evenly.
Add broth and cook until potatoes are tender and broth has evaporated.
Add sausage and chopped herbs and mix well with potatoes and veggies.
Add half of the cheese and mix in well.
Top mixture with remainder of the cheese.
Bake in oven for 20 minutes. Drain any excess oil.
Turn on broiler and broil for a couple of minutes to brown cheese.
Drain oil again.
Let sit for a few minutes.
Ideally, it should be crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
FTC Full Disclosure – The cheesemaker/manufacturer sent me their product, hoping I would review the product/cheese.