Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiano)

 Parmesan (Parmigiano Reggiano) Key facts Under Italian law, only cheese produced in Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Modena, Bologna and Mantova can be described as true Parmigiano-Reggiano. Grana Padano is increasingly available - it is cheaper but has similar properties to Parmesan.

The true giant of the cheese world in so many senses: the drum-shaped whole cheese is a huge thing; its longevity is unrivalled, and many – non-Italians even, would choose Parmesan as their 'If you could only have one cheese, which would it be?' choice.

The flavour is a fantastic mixture of just enough salt and sharpness with milky buttery-ness and a grainy texture that is never dry unless the cheese has been stored badly (wrapping tightly in a double layer of foil after each use is the answer).

Parmigiano Reggiano making is restricted to the dairy farmers of Emilia Romana, and begins with a mix of morning and evening unpasteurised milk. This is heated in huge cauldron-like boilers and cut and drained with incredible dexterity, then the young cheese is brine bathed and allowed to mature for a minimum of eighteen months.

The cheeses are tested several times before they are passed for sale with Parmigiano Reggiano imprinted all around the rind.

Parmesan is not suitable for vegetarians, however there is a vegetarian 'Parmesan-style' cheese available from which is a good substitute.

Related Recipes
Smoked Fish Risotto Serves 2

Smoked Fish Risotto

Yes, smoked fish is expensive, but you'll find that a little goes a long way in this luxurious supper dish for two, so go on - why not treat yourself?

Oven-roasted Fish with Potatoes and Salsa Verde Serves 2-3

Oven-roasted Fish with Potatoes and Salsa Verde

This recipe is delightfully different and makes a complete meal for two to three people with perhaps a simple green salad with a lemony dressing as an accompaniment.

Spaghetti with Anchovies, Mushrooms and Olives Serves 2

Spaghetti with Anchovies, Mushrooms and Olives

If you like lots of gutsy flavour in food, you'll like this recipe, which should be made with the very best olive oil and served with lots of fresh Parmesan.

Croque Monsieur Serves 1

Croque Monsieur

This satisfying snack for one conjures up memories of pavement cafes in Paris for Delia...but you can enjoy it just as much on an autumnal British day.

Classic Risotto Milanese Serves 4 as a main course

Classic Risotto Milanese

Keep your eye on the risotto as it simmers, adding stock a ladle at a time and your patience will be rewarded.

Lobster Risotto Serves 4 as a starter or 2 as a main course

Lobster Risotto

Doesn't this sound like the height of luxury? Well, it is and, thanks to a secret ingredient, plus ready-prepared lobster tails in brine, it's a risotto that anyone can make in minutes.

A Very Quick Moussaka Serves 2-3

A Very Quick Moussaka

This brilliant moussaka will give your guests the impression that you've been cooking for hours, when in fact - thanks to a raft of ready-made ingredients - all you've done is a quick assembly job.

Winter Vegetable Pie with a Parmesan Crust Serves 4-6

Winter Vegetable Pie with a Parmesan Crust

Filled with wintry root veg and a cheesy sauce, with a parmesan pastry, this pie is a real treat! Replace the lard with vegetable fat if making this for vegetarians.

Gnocchi Carbonara Serves 4

Gnocchi Carbonara

You've heard of spaghetti carbonara - well, here's an unusual twist on that Italian classic. All you need is five ready-made ingredients for a supper that has plenty of wow factor!

Gratin of Dover Sole with Broccoli, Leek and Gruyere Sauce  Serves 2

Gratin of Dover Sole with Broccoli, Leek and Gruyere Sauce

In just 20 minutes you can have this mouthwatering fish dish on the table. Serve it with steamed Juliette or Anya potatoes.




CMS solutions by