Super Bowl Snacks: Parmesan Crisps

by Pamela

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock since the weekend, by now you know that the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers are going to the Super Bowl.  While most football weekends are filled with libations and snacks, nothing compares to Super Bowl snacks.  It’s kind of an unwritten rule to pull out all the stops when putting together party snack ideas for the big game.

The snacks run the gamut from store bought, pre-packaged, homemade but complicated and homemade but simple.  My preference has always been homemade and simple.  I like making my own snacks for the big game because I know what’s in them.  I’m not saying that they’re low fat or healthy, I just know what I put in them.  It let’s me feel a bit better when I’m stuffing my pie hole with the stuff.

To help you with party snack ideas, here’s a short list of some the snacks I’ve made previously that would work great for Super Bowl snacks, starting with the easy party snacks:

Healthy and Easy Artichoke Dip Recipe

Mexican Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Garlic Knots

Baba Ganoush

Artichoke Phyllo Triangles

Beef Jerky

But out of all of these easy party snacks, I think I’ve got one that’s even easier than these: Parmesan crisps (aka frico).  Frico, or Parmesan crisps, is an Italian food from Friuli.  Typically, Parmesan crisps are used as a garnish for soups, or formed into a bowl to hold salads or other small appetizers.  But frico can also be eaten as a snack.  The crisps are made from shredded Parmesan (usually) and baked until they are browned and crisp.

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If you’re trying to keep an eye on the health factor during the big game day noshing, Parmesan crisps are relatively healthy.  Okay, they aren’t quite plain carrot sticks but they’re better than potato chips.  Here’s a little comparison for you.  If you have 10 Parmesan crisps (which equals approximately 5 ounces), you’re looking at approximately 210 calories: 120 of those calories are from fat, 850 mg of salt and 19 grams of protein.  If you have 5 ounces of plain potato chips you’ll be consuming approximately 775 calories: 475 of those calories are from fat, 745 mg of sodium and 9.5 grams of protein.  Quite a bit of difference huh?

Relationship Advice

Ill advised drunken dialing can lead to embarrassingly awkward sober interactions.

Super Bowl parties generally lead to at least some amount of drunken debauchery.  And while all half time shows can’t all show full-on nipple, that doesn’t mean you should be so bored that you drunken dial your ex, hot co-worker or your closest friend of the opposite sex.

That damn technology thing (cell phones) has made it far too easy to make those drunk and slurred sexy time, albeit one way, conversations.  Consider yourself lucky if the person you called actually answers the phone.  Sure, you’ll be talking to them, more like pouring your booze soaked libido out to them, and they’ll remember the conversation word for word (which WILL come back to haunt you at some point), but at least they are the only one who is going to hear it.  You unlucky people are those of you who make the drunken dial (hey, we’ve all done it at some point in our lives) and pour out your ever horny heart (or bitter angry self or sorrowful mind) and it ends up on their voicemail.  Who you’ve called will determine the overall collateral damage that will be incurred by that one stupid drunken moment.

If you called your ex, rest assured all of their friends will hear it.  At some point you will probably find your voice attached to some poorly edited parody on YouTube.  Your parents will be so proud of your fame.  If you called that hot office mate, be prepared for an awkward conversation on Monday and then being blackmailed to keep the call from being played to management (those coffee runs can get quite expensive).  This is the verbal equivalent of photocopying your ass and giving it to this person.  And if you’ve called your best friend of the opposite sex, be prepared for that friendship to end.  It most likely won’t happen overnight, but the awkwardness that ensues over the next few days or weeks will put too much strain on the friendship that it will end.  Although it may give you one hell of a sex session before it ends.

So if you’re attending a Super Bowl party and are prone to the drunken dialing bug either leave your phone at home (unless you have an anxiety attack when you are separated from the device) or give it to a trusted friend to hold on to until the game is over.  Of course you’re on your own once you get the phone back, but hopefully the urge to make an ass out of yourself has passed.


(Frico) Parmesan Crisps Recipe

Makes 8 Crisps


  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese (if using a block of cheese, shred on the big holes of the box grater)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit.

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.  Add as much or as little black pepper as you like.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking sheet.

Pour a tablespoon of the Parmesan mixture onto the lined baking sheet.

Gently pat the cheese down and lightly spread out to approximately 3″ in diameter.

Continue doing this with the remaining cheese.  Leave 1/2″ spacing between each round.

Bake for 5-8 minutes.  Edges should be lightly browned.  Do not cook until crisps are browned all over as this can cause the cheese to be bitter.

Remove from oven and slide parchment or silicon sheet off of hot pan to cool.


*If you want to make them into bowls you can make them larger (use more cheese) and as soon as you pull them from the oven, drape them over and overturned cup.  If you want to make small cups, keep the 1 tablespoon quantity and slide them into a mini muffin tin.  Remove when cool and fill with desired filling.


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Sharon February 4, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I’m loving these relationship-advice portions of your posts! LOL! SO true ….

And the recipes are fantastic too!

melissa @IWasBornToCook February 1, 2011 at 12:58 pm

perfect for so many dips! And, we used to take our one friend’s phone away ALL.THE.TIME because she was a notorious drunk dialer…got her in trouble a few times 😉

Pamela February 1, 2011 at 1:08 pm

that makes you an AWESOME friend! I wish I had someone like you around when I was in my 20’s.

Ken│hungry rabbit January 27, 2011 at 11:24 am

Perfect snack for Super Bowl and I ‘m proud to say I don’t have a tendency to drunk dial. Just drunk!

Sarah January 27, 2011 at 2:13 am

Wow, I just accidentally made something like this on a skillet the other day while making a vegan grilled cheese, and they were delicious. I’ve been trying to figure out if it is a kind of food people actually eat ever since then (as a vegan I’m not too familiar with various cheese dishes haha). Thanks for solving this one for me!

Priscilla - She's Cookin' January 26, 2011 at 11:21 pm

My preference is homemade and simple, too. Frico = Yummy! Just curious – why did you tag only the Steelers and not Green Bay 😉

Betty @ scrambledhenfruit January 26, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Oohh…I love these crunchy little things! I never stopped to figure out the nutrition info though- I always thought they were a lot worse for me than they are! No excuse not to make them now. 🙂

Nancy@acommunaltable January 26, 2011 at 6:31 pm

These are almost as much fun to make as they are too eat!! I’ve got Superbowl foods on the brain too – after all, it really is “all about the food!”

SinoSoul January 26, 2011 at 5:49 pm

I love getting drunk dialed. It just doesn’t happen enough. Way better than getting butt-dialed for sure.

Hopefully we’ll be FAR FAR away from a TV during super bowl, and doing something perhaps… literary? Who knows.

So glad you mentioned the chips caloric content. I just remember my roommate always complaining (after she’s already made & eaten) about parm chips.

Pamela January 26, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Agreed! Getting butt dialed is like the new crank call. If I wanted to listen to someone talk out of their ass, I prefer them to be in front of me.

Debi (table talk) January 26, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Yep, these are addicting. I like to add these to salads, and usually end up eating half of them before they make it into the bowl.

Pamela January 26, 2011 at 6:17 pm

So I’m not the only one then Phew! It’s so embarrassing when I come out with everyone else’s salad covered with them and mine is empty. Everyone knows what happened.

rebecca subbiah January 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm

love these enjoy the game 🙂

Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious January 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Oh yeahhhhh….I would even watch football if these were the snack du jour!

Belinda @zomppa January 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Eh to the game. =P But Yay to these snacks!! That’s hilarious. Doesn’t some social networking site make you do math problems before sending a text out to prevent drunk texting or emailing?

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