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Parmesan-Crusted Pizza Crust Has Shown Us the Light

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This is the angle from which the Detroit-style pizza at Emmy Squared in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is most often photographed:

But while that's a beautiful shot, we're most intrigued by the golden, crackly, bubbled-up perimeter. A Neapolitan pizza crust this is not—the cheese goes all the way up to (and down) the sides!

A photograph from another angle, please!

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Chef-owner Matthew Hyland used the term #fricocrust to describe what's going on here (and, sadly, that hashtag has not quite caught on... yet).

Detroit-style pizza, which has a thick, spongy crust akin to focaccia, is baked in rectangular pans (traditionally 8 by 10 or 10 by 14 inches) that are typically oiled or buttered to give the crust a crispy richness so intense, it tastes almost fried. The cheese, sprinkled generously over the top, spreads to the pan's outside edges and then melts down, creating the aforementioned #fricocrust.

Parmesan-crusted pizza crust! Why aren't we Parmesan-crusting more? We've got Parmesan-crusted chicken down pat...

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken, Caponata, and Pesto Sandwich

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Walnut-Crusted Chicken Breasts

Walnut-Crusted Chicken Breasts by pretty

BFF Crispy Coated Chicken

BFF Crispy Coated Chicken by monkeymom

Scallion Pesto-Crusted Chicken

Scallion Pesto-Crusted Chicken by secretsofahomecook

...and I'd like to propose we make Parmesan-crusting a wider range of foods a mid-year resolution.

Here's how to get started:

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  • Quiche and pot pie crusts (work some into the dough, then sprinkle more on top)
  • Veggie burgers
  • A rack of lamb! (Or a more casual cut of meat)
A Grilled Cheese Sandwich That's Cheesy Inside and Out

A Grilled Cheese Sandwich That's Cheesy Inside and Out by Ashley Rodriguez

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Cauliflower Salad with Pickled Grapes, Cheddar Cheese & Almonds

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  • Roasted vegetables like broccoli, winter squash, zucchini, potatoes, portobello mushrooms...
  • Waffles! (Pour the batter into the waffle maker, then sprinkle the cheese over top and press down.)
  • Tofu
  • Croutons

Or, skip all the other stuff and make a Parmesan crust for nothing at all:

Parmesan Frico
Parmesan Frico

(Permission to fill this Parmesan bowl with pasta or a Parm-showered salad.)

What are you crusting with Parm—or other cheeses? Share some ideas in the comments.

Tags: parmesan, pizza