Pairing Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese with...
You can eat Parmigiano as is for a snack, an aperitif or for a quick dinner. And by pairing it with some special ingredients, you can make a real magic!
Parmigiano Reggiano is such a delicious and complete cheese that you can eat it as is for a snack, an aperitif or for a quick dinner. Yet, Parmigiano Reggiano is at the same time the protagonist or ideal complement to many dishes, without ever losing its unique profile, and its perfect balance between sweetness and flavor.
16 liters of cow's milk are used to make a pound of this cheese rich in protein, vitamins, calcium and minerals, still made following a recipe that has not changed for nine centuries.
For over seventy years the consortium of Parmigiano Reggiano, which associates 384 dairy producers, protects the cheese history and identity, promoting it and its several uses in the kitchen.
The production area of Parmigiano cheese is the area between the four provinces of Emilia of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Bologna and Mantua.
Eating Parmesan Cheese by Itself: Pairing and Tips
How to serve Parmigiano Reggiano? What are the best pairings for the king of Italian cheeses?
You can grate the Parmesan on many dishes, to give a touch of original flavor to pasta, soups, risottos and velvet soups. Its intriguing and delicate flavor is suitable for both cold and warm dishes.
For an aperitif or a quick snack we recommend to combine the Parmesan cheese with Balsamic Vinegar of Modena (just a few drops) and some nuts, a marriage of taste for true connoisseurs.
Parmigiano Reggiano and wines
Pair the cheese with a glass of Malvasia, white Italian wine with an intense bouquet, or with complex or medium-bodied red wine, in particular produced in Emilia Romagna. The cheese pairs well with dessert wines like Passito or Marsala, as well as with Champagne. In this case, try the finest of Parmigiano cheeses: Parmigiano Raggiano Vacche Rosse, produced from the milk of a local breed cattle, aged for a long period, yet keeping an extremely delicate taste.
Pairing Parmigiano cheese with fruit
Parmigiano can be combined with many raw vegetables or with summer fruit - kiwi, cantaloupe, apricots, peaches and figs - or mustards made from fruit. And a classical Italian peasant tradition combines the Parmigiano and pears, a triumph of harmonious flavors.
Finally, serve it with some walnuts and complete with a glass of liquorous wine.
Parmigiano Reggiano has a unique and inimitable flavor. Yet, if you don't have any in your fridge, you may use some worthy Parmesan substitutes for your special appetizer.