Have you ever ordered a salad or soup at a fancy restaurant that came to the table garnished with a paper-thin cracker made of cheese? Well that crispy, cheesy wafer is called a frico — and they couldn't be simpler to make. The thing to bear in mind when you're making this recipe is that timing is everything, if you take the frico out of the oven at the right time they'll be perfect, but if you forget and leave them cooking a minute or two longer then you'll be left with a burned mess.
These frico are made using an Irish cheddar, but most other hard and semi-hard cheeses can be used, parmesan and manchego are two varieties that would work wonderfully.
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.
Meanwhile, butter a baking pan (or use a Silpat if you want to omit the butter) and sprinkle a tablespoon of cheese at a time onto the pan, creating about six to eight 3-inch rounds, then bake in the oven and cook for 11 minutes.
Remove the frico from the oven and let them cool slightly before gently transfering them, using a thin metal spatula, onto a rolling pin. Drape each one lightly over the top of the rolling pin, making sure not to crack them, then let them cool fully in that position.
Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and let the flavors marry together at room temperature for at least an hour before serving on top of the frico.