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Parmesan, or Parmigiano Reggiano, is a hard, cow's milk cheese named after the Parma region in Emila Romagna, Italy, where it is produced.

It is Italy's most famous cheese and is exported around the world. It is most often used finely grated over pasta dishes but it has a wide variety of uses and is delicious eaten on its own.

Only milk produced between May 1 and November 11 may be used to produce Parmigiano Reggiano. By tradition the cows must have been fed on grass or hay. Parmesan must be aged for at least 12 months and is usually aged for longer. Cheeses aged for 18 to 24 months are called Vecchio and those aged for 24 to 36 months are called Stravecchio.

Parmesan can be bought already grated or in a block. Unless you know that the pre-grated parmesan is freshly grated and you intend to use it that day, Cooking Index strongly encourages you to buy a block of parmesan and grate it yourself. As soon as Parmesan is grated it loses its flavor quite quickly and starts to dry out.

Parmesan is usually grated on the finest setting of a grater but it is delicious in thicker gratings. Restaurants will often use 'shavings' of parmesan using a potato peeler, which can be delicious as long as they are thin enough (which they are often not).

The word parmesan is protected by the European Union under its DOC rules, meaning that cheese producers in other regions may not call their cheeses parmesan.

A cheaper subsitute for Parmigiano Reggiano is Grana Padano, which is made in the Lombary region of Italy to an almost identical formula.

Do not even think about buying pre-grated Parmesan in a cardboard tube. This invention has done more to put people off cheese than anything ever invented. Tasting more like dandruff with vomit flavoring added, it is one of the biggest gastronomic disasters imagineable.

Relevant Recipes for Parmesan

Recipe Names

  1. Chopped Summer Salad With Mint And Parmesan Dressing
  2. Classic Veal Parmesan
  3. Country-Bread Stuffing With Parmesan, Raisins, And Pine Nut
  4. Creamed Limas And Corn Parmesan
  5. Creamy Parmesan Cheese Sauce
  6. Creamy Parmesan Polenta
  7. Creamy Spinach Parmesan
  8. Creamy, Lemony, Pepper-Parmesan Dressing On Romaine Salad
  9. Crisp Parmesan Cheese Wafers
  10. Crispy Chicken Parmesan
  11. Crispy Chicken With Parmesan Tomatoes
  12. Crispy Parmesan Chicken
  13. Crunchy Parmesan Chicken Wings
  14. Crusty Catfish Parmesan
  15. Cumin-Parmesan Crisps
  16. Dolphin Parmesan
  17. Double-Dipped Chicken Parmesan
  18. Easy Eggplant Parmesan
  19. Eating Well's Parmesan Straws (1 PT)
  20. Eggplant Parmesan
  21. Eggplant Parmesan
  22. Eggplant Parmesan
  23. Eggplant Parmesan
  24. Eggplant Parmesan
  25. Eggplant Parmesan - Low-Cal
  26. Eggplant Parmesan Rounds
  27. Erika Slezak's Fettucini With Parmesan, Chicken And Peas
  28. Fake Noodle Parmesan
  29. Fennel, Mushroom And Parmesan Salad
  30. Fennel, Mushroom And Parmesan Salad
  31. Fig-and-Arugula Salad With Parmesan (3 PTS)
  32. Fillet Of Sole Parmesan
  33. Flounder With Parmesan Crust
  34. Focaccia With Parmesan
  35. Focaccia With Parmesan And Herbs
  36. Foccacia With Parmesan
  37. Foil-Wrapped Parmesan Baked Alaska Cod
  38. Fresh Asparagus Fettuccine Parmesan
  39. Fresh Fig, Prosciutto, and Arugula Salad with Parmesan Shavings
  40. Fried Eggplant Parmesan
  41. Garlic Parmesan Pasta
  42. Garlic-Parmesan Mushrooms
  43. Garlic-Parmesan Mushrooms (1.5 PTS)
  44. Gnocchi Parmesan With Tomato Coulis
  45. Grilled Eggplant Parmesan
  46. Grilled Portabella Mushrooms With Parmesan Crisps
  47. Halibut With Pine Nut And Parmesan Crust
  48. Herbed Asparagus W/Shiitakes & Parmesan
  49. Herbed Asparagus With Parmesan Cheese
  50. Hot'n Hearty Parmesan Potato Salad

Recipe Ingredients

  1. Angel Hair Pasta With Whipped Cream And Porcini
  2. Angel Hair Tomato Basil Toss
  3. Angel Hair With Tomatoes, Basil & Garlic
  4. Angelhair Pasta And Grouper
  5. Anita's Italian Herb Bread-ABM (2.5 PTS)
  6. Another Pointe In Tyme's Purple Potato Salad
  7. Antipasto Kabobs - 2
  8. Antipasto Rice
  9. Appetizer Killer Bread
  10. Appetizer Pancakes
  11. Appetizer Puffs
  12. Appetizer Strudel
  13. Appetizer Surprise
  14. Arabian Stew
  15. Arancine With Ragu
  16. Argentine Stuffed Flank Steak - {Matambre}
  17. Armenian Eggplant Dip
  18. Arthur Zampaglione's Rustic Meat Sauce
  19. Artichoke And Cracked Wheat Bread
  20. Artichoke And Green Chile Dip
  21. Artichoke and Leek Pizza
  22. Artichoke And Pancetta Fettuccine
  23. Artichoke And Spinach Dip
  24. Artichoke Appetizer - 2
  25. Artichoke Balls
  26. Artichoke Bites
  27. Artichoke Chicken And Rice
  28. Artichoke Chili Dip
  29. Artichoke Croustades
  30. Artichoke Dip - 1
  31. Artichoke Dip - 2
  32. Artichoke Dip - 3
  33. Artichoke Dip Appetizer
  34. Artichoke Heart And Radicchio Salad
  35. Artichoke Heart Dip
  36. Artichoke Pesto
  37. Artichoke Pie
  38. Artichoke Tart
  39. Artichoke, Sausage, And Parmesan Cheese Stuffing
  40. Artichoke-Goat Cheese Strata
  41. Artichoke-Stuffed New Potatoes
  42. Arugula Pesto Pasta
  43. Arugula Salad With Prosciutto Di Parma
  44. Arugula Stuffed Fried Vidalia Onion Ring Salad With Vinaigre
  45. Arugula, Red Onion And Shaved Parmesan Salad
  46. Asian Duck Confit With Goat Cheese And Braised Red Onion Tart
  47. Asparagus & Mushrooms In Tarragon Cream
  48. Asparagus And Mushroom Salad With Shaved Parmesan
  49. Asparagus And Mushrooms In Tarragon Cream
  50. Asparagus And Plum Tomato Pizza