Cheese Lover’s Guide To: Parmesan

by Tefal Team on 09 November 2020
  • Calling all parmesan fans! Don’t just sprinkle it on pasta; try it in one of these delicious recipes for a change. After you’ve read our dazzling parmesan facts and tips, of course… 

  • The king of hard cheese

    This classic Italian cheese, aka Parmigiano Reggiano, is made from unpasteurized cow’s milk and matured over a long period of time (anything from 12 to a lengthy 48 months). It’s a straw-coloured hard cheese with a distinctive grainy, crumbly texture.  

    Parmesan is produced everywhere but in order to be true parmesan it must be made with milk from cows that graze on fresh grass and hay. It’s then stamped with the official Parigiano Reggiano mark (the dotted text on the rind) to show authenticity.  

  • Buy and try

    Fresh is best – you really will notice the differenceAnything ready-grated wont taste like proper parmesan. Also, the longer it’s matured for the deeper the flavour. Another tip: real parmesan isn’t vegetarian because it’s made with animal rennet.  

    Wrap it in wax paper to stop it from drying out and keep it in the fridge away from strong smelling foodStorage no-nos include wrapping in plastic, which makes it ‘sweat’, and freezing it (unless grated first). Left whole, it lasts for months in the fridge so you shouldn’t need to freeze it anyway. 

  • Permission to parmesan

    If you like nibbling on parmesan, here’s a brilliantly simple recipe to make it feel like you’ve done something fancy with it – parmesan crispsOr add just a few more ingredients and pop in the ActiFry for these parmesan nibbles. 

    Jazz up your roasties for a special occasion (making it through to Thursday for instance) by coating them in parmesan and a little polenta for extra crunch. 

    Or go all out with these loaded Korean chilli cheese friesFYI, Gochuang, or red chilli paste, is a Korean fermented condiment. It’s worth hunting down but if you struggle to find it, try sriracha instead. 

  • It’s grate!

    Parmesan makes an incredible crust for posh fish fingers – try these haddock goujons with pea pesto. It’s tasty for chicken too, like this easy chicken parmesan. That’s dinner for tonight sorted 😉  

  • Winter warmers

    With its slow-roasted veggies, a generous serving of parmesan and mix of classic herbs, aubergine parmigiana is just the sort of dish to devour on cold, dark weekend evenings.  

    Or finish off a hearty sausage and bean stew with the ultimate comfort topping – parmesan cheese cobbler swirls. Prepare in a pan that goes from hob to oven to table and you’ll save on washing up.  

    If you’re short on time, this butternut squash risotto is a speedy and satisfying alternative. Speedy risotto? Surely not. It is when it uses a microwave! 

  • Happy ending

    We’ll finish with an ingenious way to use up tricky parmesan rinds – parm broth. Why waste good cheese when you can use it to make full-flavoured soups and fantastic pasta like this capellini en brodo? 

    Thank parmesan for that. 

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