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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. A 20-Minute Chicken Parmesan
  2. Alaska Seafood Parmesan
  3. Alaska Snow Crab Pasta Parmesan
  4. Artichoke, Sausage, And Parmesan Cheese Stuffing
  5. Arugula And Parmesan Salad
  6. Arugula, Red Onion And Shaved Parmesan Salad
  7. Asparagus And Mushroom Salad With Shaved Parmesan
  8. Asparagus-Parmesan Cheese Puffs
  9. Avocado And Parmesan Tortellini
  10. Baked Cherry Tomatoes With Parmesan Topping
  11. Baked Chicken Parmesan
  12. Baked Orzo With Mushrooms, Chives And Parmesan Cheese
  13. Baked Ziti With Mushrooms, Peppers And Parmesan
  14. Basil Chicken Parmesan (8 PTS)
  15. Basil Parmesan Bread
  16. Basil, Parmesan, And Pine Nut Sauce - (Pesto)
  17. Basil, Parmesan, And Pine Nut Sauce - {pesto}
  18. Basil, Parmesan, And Pine Nut Sauce - {Pesto}
  19. Basil-Oregano-Parmesan Bread
  20. Beef Roast With Parmesan And Cream
  21. Beer Poached Fish With Parmesan Cream Sauce
  22. Bow Ties With Spring Vegetables, Roasted Garlic, Parmesan
  23. Braised Escarole With Parmesan Crust
  24. Broccoli And Noodles Parmesan
  25. Broccoli Rabe Potato Soup With Parmesan Croutons
  26. Broiled Tomatoes Parmesan
  27. Butternut Squash Soup With Parmesan And Fried Sage Leaves
  28. Butternut Squash With Thyme And Parmesan
  29. Butternut Squash, Parmesan And Sage Pizzas
  30. Buttery Barley Risotto With Parmesan Cheese
  31. Cajun-Parmesan Potato Slices
  32. Calcium-Rich: Microwave Eggplant Parmesan
  33. Capellini With Garlic, Lemon And Parmesan Cheese
  34. Caramelized Onion And Parmesan Cheese Soup
  35. Caramelized-Onion And Parmesan Cream Scones
  36. Carnival Squash Soup, With Fried Sage And Shaved Parmesan
  37. Carrabba's Italian Grill's Parmesan Dressing
  38. Catfish Parmesan
  39. Cheddar Parmesan Bread
  40. Chicken Breasts Parmesan
  41. Chicken Noodle Parmesan
  42. Chicken Parmesan
  43. Chicken Parmesan
  44. Chicken Parmesan (Rice)
  45. Chicken Parmesan - Prego
  46. Chicken Parmesan Express
  47. Chicken Parmesan From Lhj
  48. Chicken Parmesan II
  49. Chicken Parmesan, Pasta And Broccoli
  50. Chicken-Parmesan Potatoes
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Recipe Ingredients

  1. "Forgotten" Minestrone
  2. "Philly-Style" White Pizza
  3. 1-Pot: Pastitsio Goes Light
  4. 15-Minute Creamy Fettuccini Alfredo
  5. 24 Hour Green Salad
  6. 7-Layer Salad - 1
  7. A 20-Minute Chicken Parmesan
  8. A Different Onion Soup
  9. A Meal Of Boletes, Modena Style
  10. A Penne For Your Thoughts
  11. A Zesty Summer Pasta Salad
  12. Acorn Squash Risotto With Duck And Sage
  13. Al Fredo's POPcorn
  14. Alaska Quick Baked Cod
  15. Alaska Sablefish And Vegetable Stir-Fry
  16. Alaska Scallops In Cream Sauce With Spinach Fettucine
  17. Alaska Seafood Parmesan
  18. Alaska Seafood Tarts
  19. Alaska Snow Crab Pasta Parmesan
  20. Alfredo Fettucini
  21. Alfredo Sauce
  22. Alfredo Sauce
  23. Alfredo Sauce (Heavy Cream)
  24. Alfredo Sauce (Light Cream)
  25. Alfredo Sauce (Lowfat)
  26. Alfredo Sauce Over Fettuccine
  27. All-American Snack
  28. Almond Chicken
  29. Almost Nonfat Pesto
  30. Almost Pasta Primavera
  31. Almost Risotto
  32. Alpine Baked Pasta
  33. Alpine Chicken
  34. American Lasagna (Usda)
  35. American Pasta Salad
  36. Anchovy Toast
  37. Andalusian Onion And Almond Soup - {Cebollada Con Almendras}
  38. Andouille Crusted Redfish With Shoestring Potatoes
  39. Andouille-Cheese Grit Cakes
  40. Andy's Chunky Veggie Pasta Sauce
  41. Angel Hail Pasta With Smoky Mushrooms And Tasso
  42. Angel Hair Pasta In Garlic Sauce
  43. Angel Hair Pasta With Broccoli And Herb Butter
  44. Angel Hair Pasta With Fresh Tomato, Basil, And Garlic
  45. Angel Hair Pasta With Lemon & Garlic
  46. Angel Hair Pasta With Lemon And Garlic
  47. Angel Hair Pasta With Pimiento
  48. Angel Hair Pasta With Shrimp
  49. Angel Hair Pasta With Shrimp
  50. Angel Hair Pasta With Stir-Fried Broccoli
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