Friselle: What it is and what to do with it

Whether you’re looking for an appetizer, a snack or even lunch, this hard italian bread is a solution to all. Native to the Puglia region of Italy, friselle is a twice baked piece of dough in a ring shape. 

Because friselle is a plain bread, you have a lot of freedom to add ingredients and make it delicious! It is hard, bagel shaped bread. It is baked a few times to make it crunchy. Because it is not soft, so it is always a good idea to soak it– with with water or olive oil- to soften it up and make it easier to eat!

Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy friselle, either as a meal or as an appetizer to share!


Oil & Vinegar

One way to eat it is a simple dressing! What you’ll need is olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and oregano. Start by adding a little water to soften the friselle. Once the water is absorbed, add vinegar and oil. Then season it with salt, pepper, and oregano to your liking.  The balsamic vinegar adds a nice flavor that awakens the plain friselle. This is even good to use as an appetizer because of its simplicity.


This version is a twist on bruschetta. What you’ll need here is cherry tomatoes, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Start with putting olive oil on the friselle. While the olive oil is absorbing, wash the cherry tomatoes and slice them. I like to cut them in half slices to make them flat and easy to eat. Douse the cut tomatoes in olive oil and put them on the friselle. Then add salt and oregano and top it with some fresh basil!

Avocado and Ricotta

I like to think of this as an Italian avocado toast! You’ll need olive oil, salt, pepper, avocado, and ricotta (or any cheese you prefer). Again, you’re going to start by putting a light layer of olive oil on the friselle to soften it. Then cut your avocado. You can cut it in slices or even mash it. Take your ricotta and spread a layer on the friselle. Then add another small amount of oil and top with salt and pepper! Another great cheese for this version is mozzarella or our homemade bocconcini! 

Another good and clean tip is to use spray olive oil! It comes in a can and when you push it, the oil comes out. It allows for precise and controlled sprays, great for foods like this!

There are so many fun ways to eat friselle and so many different things you can add to it! Do you like to eat it a different way? Let us know down below in the comments!

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6 Replies to “Friselle: What it is and what to do with it”

  1. I love all the ideas for making the friselle and looking at the recipes I saw you guys sell Ricotta cheese, I was wondering if the ricotta you have at the store is from sheep’s milk or cow’s milk?


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